UCLA’s Emily Carter co-authors global study concluding that carbon dioxide capture and use could be a viable industry

November 6, 2019

The capture of carbon dioxide and conversion into commercial products, such as fuel or construction materials, has the potential to become a new global industry, according to a study published in Nature conducted by researchers from UCLA, University of Oxford and five other institutions. The study is the most comprehensive report of its kind investigating the future scale and cost of 10 methods to use carbon dioxide. 

Fossil carbon dioxide emissions are increasing by over 1% annually, reaching a record high of 37 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide in 2018. (Photo credit: iStock.com/teekid)

“The analysis we presented makes clear that carbon dioxide utilization can be part of the solution to combat climate change,” said co-author Emily Carter, UCLA’s executive vice chancellor and provost and distinguished professor of chemical and molecular engineering at the Samueli School of Engineering. “The urgency is huge and we have little time left to effect change.” 

Read more at UCLA Newsroom.

The research team also included:

Ella Adlen, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
John Beddington, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
Cameron Hepburn, Oxford Martin School and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
Sabine Fuss, Department of Geography, Humboldt University of Berlin and Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change
Niall Mac Dowell, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
Jan C. Minx, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds and Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change
Pete Smith, Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Charlotte K. Williams, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford