The UK government has set plans for the Construction Industry to help in the Race to Zero, and as we have already discussed how you can Building energy-efficient homes, and decarbonisation for the Construction Industry. In this article, we will focus on Carbon Capture and Storage in the Construction Industry by answering the following questions: What is Carbon Capture and Storage? and What are the benefits of using Carbon Capture and Storage in the Construction Industry? Keep reading to learn about how you can lower carbon emissions to help you to #ONEUPYOURBUSINESS!
Carbon Capture and Storage, also abbreviated to CCS and alternatively known as carbon capture and sequestration, is referred to as the process of trapping Carbon Dioxide (a greenhouse gas) produced by burning fossil fuels or other chemicals or biological process and then storing it long-term either deep underground, deep in the ocean, or in mineral storage, in a way that it is unable to affect the atmosphere.
The methods involved are:
CCS consists of three stages:
According to the <a href="https://www.ukgbc.org/climate-change/" class="white--text" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">UK Green Building Council</a>, the built environment contributes around 40% of the UK's total carbon emissions. And 10% of direct emissions in existing buildings results from heating.
Lowering carbon dioxide emissions has become essential to meet the ambitions of the Paris Agreement of keeping Earth’s temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius. And so with prioritised efforts to produce more energy-efficient buildings, improve sustainability in construction, and countries joining together in the Race to Zero with a pledge to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050, leading international authorities such as: the UK's Committee on Climate Change (CCC), US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), have all verified that Carbon Capture and Storage is a proven climate change measure that plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, permanently and cost-effectively.
Therefore, with CCS technology being used to address global warming, the UK government has already taken the initiative with the announcement of the phasing out of phase out unabated coal by 2025 that refers to coal burnt in power plants not fitted with CCS. And so in the efforts of creating a greener future with the help of CCS technology, we list several benefits of implementing CCS into the Construction Industry:
Alongside CCS, there are other strategies the Construction Industry has been trying to adopt In order to meet the UK governments Net Zero emission targets and reduce the level of CO2 generated by construction operations, which include:
In our Decarbonisation for the Construction Industry article, you can read in more detail about the strategies being implemented for a greener future.
Take a look at our availability and book a no-obligation chat with us.