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China commissions Asia’s largest CO2 capture and storage facility

Beijing, June 2 (EFE).- China put into operation Friday the largest carbon capture, use and storage facility in Asia, located in the province of Jiangsu, in the east of the country.

The facility, associated with a generation unit at the Taizhou coal-fired power plant owned by energy conglomerate China Energy, aims to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the fight against climate change, reported state news agency Xinhua reported.

With the capacity to capture 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, this initiative marks an important step forward in China’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and promote more sustainable development.

The facility employs advanced carbon capture and storage technologies, which allow the carbon dioxide emitted during the coal-fired power generation process to be separated and captured.

It comes a day after China also launched its first offshore carbon storage project, aiming to capture and store more than 1.5 million tons of CO2.

The project consists of capturing and processing the CO2 generated by oil fields and then injecting it into an underwater geological structure at a depth of approximately 800 meters and about 3 kilometers from the platform.

This initiative represents, according to official authorities, a key technological achievement in the capture, processing, injection and monitoring of CO2 at sea, in addition to a storage equivalent to the planting of almost 14 million trees.

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in 2020 that the country would reach its peak carbon emissions in 2030, followed by achieving carbon neutrality by 2060, amid growing global concerns about climate change.

The challenge between maintaining a high rate of economic growth and cutting carbon emissions complicates the environmental goals of China, the most polluting country in the world (28.5 percent of the global total in 2018, according to the Global Carbon Atlas.) EFE


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