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CCUS in Illinois

Carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) is a proven technology that can reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
Picture of a carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) facility

Illinois is one of a handful of states in the US that has the geology to store CO2 in a safe, secure and effective way. This means that Illinois is well positioned to attract the investment needed to deploy CCUS commercially and at scale.


How can CCUS benefit Illinois?


Reduces carbon emissions – Illinois is one of the top CO2 emitters in the US. CCUS technology can reduce CO2 emissions from existing industries while also capturing CO2 emissions currently in the atmosphere.


Supports jobs – CCUS technology can decarbonize industries like ethanol and hard to abate sectors like steel and cement. Decarbonization can enhance the economic viability of these sectors.


Promotes economic growth – Captured CO2 can be used as a raw material in concrete, biofuels, fertilizers and plastics – potentially giving Illinois manufacturers a competitive edge.


How can Illinois make CCUS a reality?


Illinois needs legislation that provides clarity on key issues that are absent from existing state and federal regulations – yet critical to the commercial development of CCUS projects. Effective legislation can create a framework to deploy CCUS projects in Illinois by:

  • Creating a clear permitting process for CCUS projects.
  • Clarifying pore space ownership, which is essential for advancing CCUS.
  • Setting clear guidelines that allow for CCUS project development if a majority of owners on a block of land agree.
  • Establishing rules for transfer of ownership to the state for long-time stewardship once federal and state regulatory agencies verify storage is secured.

CCUS policy in Illinois is good for both people and the planet and can help the state meet its clean energy goals.