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Below are some answers to questions you might have. If you have a query and you don’t see the answer here, contact us at info@pathwaysalliance.ca and we’ll try to provide one.

What is carbon capture?

Carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) is the process of capturing carbon dioxide formed during power generation and industrial processes and storing it so that it is not emitted into the atmosphere.

How does carbon capture work?

CO₂ can be captured directly from an industrial source, such as a cement kiln or oil and gas facility, using a variety of what are called separation technologies, including: absorption, adsorption, chemical looping, membrane gas separation or gas hydration.

Are there any other ways to achieve the 2050 goal?

No one solution will get us to net zero oil production. According to the International Energy Agency, carbon capture is currently the best technology available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large-scale fossil fuel usage, particularly power generation.


You can find definitions of some unfamiliar words here.

Carbon Capture

The removal of CO from fossil fuels either before or after combustion. Carbon capture utilization and storage can be referred to as CCUS.

Carbon Dioxide (CO₂)

A colourless, odorless gas that’s produced when animals (including humans) breathe or when carbon-containing materials (including fossil fuels) are burned. Carbon dioxide is essential to the photosynthesis process that sustains plant and animal life. But, it can accumulate in the air and trap heat near the Earth’s surface (the ‘greenhouse effect’).


Greenhouse gases are: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulphur hexafluoride.


Storing something so that it’s no longer available. Carbon sequestration involves the removal or storage of carbon dioxide so that it can’t be released into the atmosphere.


A process for retaining captured COso that it does not reach the atmosphere.


COtransport is the process of moving captured CO through a pipeline or other vessel to a suitable storage site.