Ships May Soon Transport Captured Carbon to Storage Locations

Originally written by Jack Wittles

In Paris Agreement 2015, 1.5°C was set as the maximum allowable increase in global temperature. This can only be met if we achieve net-zero carbon emission targets by mid-century.

In the same quest of innovation and creation, a major Japanese ship-builder is getting ready for a new type of seaborne cargo: trapped CO₂. Japanese firm Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. part of the MHI Group, is working on a prototype designed to haul large quantities of CO₂ over long distances. The firm expects such vessels will be needed and used at scale in years to come, as the market for capturing, storing and using carbon develops. While liquid CO₂ hauling ships have already been used by the food industry, the company expects its vessel will be the first to specifically service the nascent carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) sector.

To our added advantage, the shipbuilder isn’t the only one with plans to tap the CCUS market, and there’s growing interest in the idea from greenhouse gas polluters on the land and sea.

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