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Experts say carbon capture, sequestration is not just for power plants anymore

Carbon capture and storage is often associated with harnessing fossil fuel-related power plant emissions. But certain experts and scientists have also suggested carbon capture and storage, or CCS, technology will be key to curbing emissions from the very industrial sectors the world largely will rely on to build a low-carbon infrastructure.

"Industrial emissions remain the world's blind spot," David Livingston of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center said at a Sept. 24 Global CCS Institute event in New York City.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2018 indicated that carbon capture and sequestration "plays a major role in decarbonizing the industry sector in the context of 1.5 degrees Celsius and 2-degree pathways, especially in industries with higher process emissions, such as cement, iron and steel."

Of global energy-related annual emissions, cement accounts for about 7% and the iron and steel industry together comprise another 7%, according to a 2018 report by the Energy Transitions Commission, which is funded by the United Nations Foundation, European Climate Foundation, a number of energy companies and other groups.