Steel industry collaborates to decarbonise China: “climate talks to precipitate action”
Wednesday 10 May 2017: China’s steel industry is examining the best ways of deploying carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology as it races to decarbonise the steel sector.
With China accounting for almost 50 per cent of all steel production, and emissions from the industrial sector representing approximately one quarter of all global CO2 emissions, the Global CCS Institute and resources giant, BHP Billiton have partnered to organize a major one-day “symposium on decarbonisation,” with support from the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) and Peking University.
The symposium, taking place at Peking University, has brought together experts from industry, academia and government to fast-track CCS solutions for the world’s fastest growing economy.
Global CCS Institute Asia Pacific Manager, Alex Zapantis, says CCS can significantly mitigate emissions from steel production and China’s steel industry is actively investigating emission reduction opportunities.
“We know of at least half-a-dozen large steel companies which have made CCS a significant part of their R&D efforts amongst other emission reduction measures. As the world authority on CCS, we want to ensure that industry has access to the best information and advice so deployment can gain speed.
Mr Zapantis says it is important that climate change talks like those occurring in Beijing today precipitate action.
“With CO2 levels continuing to rise, it is imperative that these conversations take place in an environment that produces tangible results. Turning conversation into intellectual investment is a vital part of that process.”
BHP Billiton has committed $US7 million in funding to Peking University to help build CCS knowledge and address the technical, policy and economic barriers to CCS in the Chinese steel sector.
This three-year funding will examine policies that will drive innovation in the sector and allow CCS facilities to accelerate.
“We know CCS technology works and is proven. Our focus at BHP Billiton is therefore on how we can help make sure the world has access to the information required to make it work at scale in a cost effective and timely way,” said Dr. Fiona Wild, BHP Billiton VP Sustainability and Climate Change.
“By providing open access to research and lessons from existing pilot and commercial scale plants we can create a step change in the development and deployment of this critical technology.”
The Global CCS Institute and BHP Billiton have both been calling for policy parity so CCS can enjoy the same recognition and incentivisation as other clean technologies.
Mr Zapantis says CCS is essential to achieving deep cuts in emissions from industrial processes and it is pivotal to meeting Paris `below 2 degree’ climate change targets.
“Current levels of CO2 capture are way off where we need to be to meet our international climate change obligations. The steel industry can play a huge part in bridging that gap.”
The world’s first large-scale CCS facility on a steel plant, Abu Dhabi’s Al Reyadah CCS facility, was launched late last year.
Last month, Yanchang Petroleum announced a final investment decision on Yanchang CCUS, China‘s first large-scale carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) facility, located near Xi’an.
The Global CCS Institute has recognised a further seven large-scale CCS facilities at various stages of development in China.
Currently, there are 17 large-scale CCS facilities in operation around the world with five more facilities coming onstream in 2017/18. This includes the Kemper County Energy Facility in the United States and the Gorgon CO2 Injection facility in Australia, both expected to become operational in coming months.
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About the Global CCS Institute: The Global CCS Institute is an international membership organisation. Our mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security. Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so that this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our diverse international membership consists of governments, global corporations, small companies, research bodies and nongovernment organisations, committed to CCS as an integral part of a low-carbon future. We are headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with regional offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Beijing and Tokyo. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com
About BHP Billiton
BHP Billiton is among the world’s top producers of major commodities including iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and uranium. We also have substantial interests in oil, gas and energy coal. Technology and innovation have the potential to significantly reduce global emissions and enable long-term climate goals to be met. Given that fossil fuels are likely to continue to be a significant part of the energy mix for decades, it is vital that low-emissions technology is available at scale, lower cost and much faster than the usual commercial timeframes to meet the challenge of climate change. We believe industry has a significant collaborative role to play with government, academia and the community to facilitate this necessary step-change. Read more on our carbon capture and storage partnerships