CEQ report calls for widespread CCUS deployment to achieve climate goals.

By Joshua T. Bledsoe, Nikki Buffa, and Nolan Fargo

On June 30, 2021, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a report to Congress that outlines a framework for how the US can accelerate carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) technologies and projects in a way that is efficient, orderly, and responsible.

Identifying CCUS Needs

The report, which Congress directed CEQ to prepare as part of the USE IT Act, states that to successfully increase CCUS deployment, strong and effective permitting and regulatory regimes and meaningful public engagement will be required. These measures include:

  • Developing regulatory regimes in a manner that is informed by science and experience
  • Addressing pollution in overburdened communities
  • Increasing support for CCUS research
  • Developing and enhancing incentives such as 45Q Tax Credits