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Effectively removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

Researchers analysed the use of the technology at eight locations worldwide: Chile, Greece, Jordan, Mexico, Spain, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland. For each location, they calculated the overall greenhouse gas emissions over the entire life cycle of a plant.

With respect to efficiency, the results show an enormous range, from 9 to 97%, in terms of actual greenhouse-gas removal through the use of DACCS (Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage).

“The technologies for CO2 capture are merely complementary to an overall decarbonisation strategy—that is, for the reduction of CO2 emissions—and cannot replace it” stresses Christian Bauer, a scientist at the Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis and a co-author of the study.