Climate change mitigation

We are living in a carbon constrained world with the international community focused on meeting emissions reduction targets in the short-term. The Victorian Climate Change Act 2017 has legislated a State wide target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Decarbonisation through CCS

Climate change experts, such as the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency, agree that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), which involves removing carbon from our atmosphere and storing it below ground, is required to support decarbonisation across industrial sectors, lowering global greenhouse gas emissions.

“CCS is essential to achieving climate change mitigation targets. It is the only feasible technology that can deliver deep emissions reductions in many industrial processes that are vital to the global economy, such as steel, cement and chemicals production”

Global CCS institute, April 2019

The four pillars of emissions reduction

CarbonNet and CCS are an essential component of the Victorian Government’s long-term target of net zero emissions by 2050, sitting alongside other emission reduction solutions such as energy efficiency and increased renewables.

graphic illustration the four pillars for emissions reduction

Victoria’s Climate Change Framework was released in 2016 and features CCS as an emissions reduction pathway (PDF 4,018 kB).

“… CCS technology could support emissions reduction action across multiple pillars including from industrial processes such as gas processing, refineries and chemical manufacturing.”

Page last updated: 25 Jan 2023