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Brian Anderson
NETL Director to Brief State Lawmakers on Efforts to Reduce Carbon Emissions

NETL Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., will highlight NETL-supported projects to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), technologies to capture and store it safely, and processes to make value-added products from the carbon waste stream during an address to the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Wednesday, March 10, beginning at 10 a.m.

Anderson, officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, representatives from the energy industry and others will present updates on the deployment of CO2 management and mitigation technologies.

“It will be my pleasure to share the work undertaken by the Lab and its partners to make carbon capture, utilization and storage a widely available, cost-effective and rapidly scalable solution to meet our goals for a carbon emission-free electricity sector no later than 2035 and economy-wide net-zero emissions by 2050,” Anderson said.

Each speaker will be given five to seven minutes to provide comments, followed by questions from committee members. The briefing will be recorded and posted on the committee’s website.

NETL manages a broad portfolio of carbon capture projects, including post-combustion and pre-combustion capture to reduce carbon emissions in a wide spectrum of industries, from fossil-fueled power generation to manufacturing and heavy industry, as well as negative emissions technologies, such as direct capture of CO2 from the atmosphere (DAC) and bioenergy with carbon capture (BECCS).

NETL conducts research and development for DOE’s Carbon Storage Program to advance technologies to enable safe, cost-effective, permanent geologic storage of CO2. The technologies being developed and the small- and large-scale injection projects conducted through the program help to increase the understanding of the behavior of CO2 in the subsurface and identification of geologic reservoirs appropriate for CO2 storage.

DOE’s carbon utilization program is developing technologies to transform CO2 and other carbon byproducts and wastes into valuable products in an efficient, economical and environmentally friendly manner. Managed by NETL, these research projects are transforming carbon wastes into feedstocks to produce organic and inorganic chemicals, food and feeds, construction materials and other useful products.

“At NETL, we are advancing these and other approaches to carbon management to ensure reliable supplies of affordable electricity while repurposing CO2 or safely sequestering it deep within the subsurface. We are especially interested in deploying these technologies in economically distressed power plant and coal communities to create jobs that ensure no one is left behind in the energy transition and to help ensure that the cost of the energy transition is not disproportionately borne by these communities. I look forward to meeting with the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and sharing the incredible work of NETL’s visionary scientists and engineers,” Anderson said.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory develops and commercializes advanced technologies that provide clean energy while safeguarding the environment. NETL’s work supports DOE’s mission to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy and environmental challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.