Putting Carbon Emissions Back to Work

Carbon recycling offers the energy sector a technology for offsetting carbon emissions, bolstering an ESG record and gaining favor with investors.


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As oil and gas operators race toward their goals of net-zero carbon emissions, they’re looking for anything that will give them a leg up on the competition. Many have deployed the infrastructure and resources necessary for carbon capture, utilization and sequestration, or they have started investing their money and resources into forms of renewable energy, or both. While these are important efforts and should not be overlooked, there is one idea that not many have yet explored in the pursuit of carbon reduction: carbon recycling.

Carbon recycling refers to using carbon after it has already been used for its primary purpose for another project. Although it hasn’t been used in the oil and gas industry—yet—it could be a valuable asset for aiding opera- tors to be more sustainable with their emissions. The technology would give operators a more productive use of their byproducts and could even reduce the amount of CO2 emitted.

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Madison Ratcliff

Madison Ratcliff is an associate editor for Hart Energy's editorial team.