Asia's largest coal-linked carbon capture unit comes on stream in China
China has operationalized the largest coal-linked carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) facility in Asia, Reuters reports, citing a report on broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).
The facility, operated by state-owned power generation company China Energy Investment Corporation, adjoins the company's Taizhou power plant in Jiangsu province and can store 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, the report said.
China generates in excess of 70% of its energy from fossil fuels, making carbon capture integral to the country's power generation companies in their fight against emissions.
The country has pledged emissions will peak in 2030 and it will achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, and is working with IRENA in its energy transition.
The CCTV report noted there has around 40 CCUS demonstration projects across the country, either in operation or under construction. The combined capture capacity of these projects totals around 3 million metric tons per year, the report said. Just last year, the country's oil-and-gas giant Sinopec opened a 712,000-tonne-per-year CCUS project – China's largest – at an oil refinery in Shandong province. Sinopec Group is also exploring avenues in hydrogen along with Cummins.