Carbon capture, utilisation and storage: incentives, effects and policy

Giorgio Cabrera, Alex Dickson, Alain-Désiré Nimubona, John Quigley

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Abstract

We develop a model to explore the incentives, consequences, and policy implications related to utilising captured carbon. Our model incorporates the decision by a firm considering investing in carbon capture technology, as well as the market for CO2. By including the latter, we investigate the effect the increase in supply of CO2 (from captured sources) has on the equilibrium price, allowing us to accurately understand the revenue the investing firm will receive. More importantly, it also allows us to understand the implications for the behaviour of firms that use CO2 as an input: the reduction in the price of CO2 lowers their marginal cost of production, encouraging them to produce more. By accounting for this offsetting 'rebound' effect, we can accurately understand the environmental consequences of carbon capture and utilisation. We also explore the policy implications of our analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103756
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control
Volume120
Early online date18 Sept 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • carbon capture and storage (CCS)
  • carbon capture and utilisation (CCU)
  • vertically-related markets
  • rebound effect
  • backfire effect

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