Carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) is a proven technology with the potential to reduce emissions from hard-to-abate sectors.
Carbon capture is the process of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial processes including:
- power plants
- heavy industry (such as cement and steel)
- hydrogen production.
The CO2 is separated from other gases and compressed. It can then be permanently stored in underground geological formations or used to create commercial products.
Incentivising carbon capture and storage
The Clean Energy Regulator developed a CCS method under the Emissions Reduction Fund. The method incentivises emissions avoidance CCS projects in Australia.
Offshore greenhouse gas storage acreage release
The government releases offshore areas for CO2 storage through an acreage release.
The offshore greenhouse gas storage acreage release is part of the government’s strategy to use CCS to:
- reduce emissions
- support Australia’s resources sector.
- Read more about CCUS on Geoscience Australia's website
- Read more about our department's emissions reduction strategies
- Read about how we regulate offshore greenhouse gas storage in Australian Commonwealth waters
- Read the CO2 Utilisation Roadmap on the CSIRO website.
- Learn about the Victorian Government’s CarbonNet Project to establish a commercial CCS network in Gippsland.
- See Australian National Low Emission Coal Research and Development (ANLEC R&D) CCS demonstration projects.
- Read about the Gorgon project in Western Australia, one of the world’s largest CCS projects.