Associate 2018 Earth & Planetary Sciences
Inaugural Lectures by Fellows/Associates
Can Carbon Capture and Storage in India Accelerate the Efffforts towards Net-Zero Emissions?
There is a need to scale up methods of reducing CO2 emissions in the atmosphere under a stringent climate regime that must strike a balance with development. India’s energy and climate goals can be addressed concurrently by incorporating carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) into its national plan to achieve a 10 trillion economy, sustainably, over the next decade, and a net-zero energy system by 2050. By achieving four of the UN’s seventeen Sustainable Development Goals through CCUS, India can join the league of major world economies on the CCUS world map. As per the International Energy Agency and the Global CCS Institute assessments, CCUS shall account for about 14–32% of all efforts to clean energy transitions by 2050. This talk will discuss the various dimensions of CCUS, its relevance to India, and the scale of carbon sequestration in different geological sinks in the country.