Carbon dioxide is the principal product when fossil fuels are burned for energy. Nitrous and Sulfer Oxides, Mercury and Particulate Matter are also byproducts of fossil fuels. Carbon capture is a broad title for a number of technologies that “capture” the CO₂ . The International Energy Agency has created a Sustainable Development Scenario identifying Carbon Capture technologies as an important part of climate change mitigation.
Cost of ECBM recovery is sensitive to both the geology of the local coal seam and the distance between the unmineable coal seam and the CO₂ “source” facility.
Enhanced Coal-Bed Methane recovery is domestically produced cleaner methane which substitutes for coal in electricity production or for expensive natural gas imports in developing countries.
Implementing these technologies at scale will facilitate achieving the INDCs, support national efforts to protect local environments, and contribute to the stability of our shared global atmosphere.