Accelerate:
Capturing emissions from industry
with biotechnology
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Carbon capture is widely considered to be the only practical way to decarbonize industry. Biotechnology can make the process more affordable and sustainable
Let's Accelerate carbon capture

Did you know that carbon capture is the game
changer we need?

55 billion tonnes

That was the amount of CO2 emitted into our atmosphere in 2021. And the number has not started declining yet. So every tonne we can keep out of our atmosphere through carbon capture counts.

We’ve all seen them – huge industrial smokestacks belching smoke into the sky. Smoke that pollutes the quality of our air and emits huge amounts of greenhouse gases (GHGs). What if we could not alone reduce these emissions, but also capture and safely store them? With carbon capture technology we can.
In fact, according to the International Energy Agency, carbon capture can deliver an estimated 20% of the total GHG emissions reductions needed by 2050 to meet our 1.5°C target. And expert organizations including the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions agree that carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) is the only practical way to decarbonize the industrial sector.

The capacity gap is massive

Unfortunately, there’s a huge gap between the need for carbon capture capacity and the solutions in place today. According to the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, to even limit global warming to 2°C, we need a significant increase. We’ll need to move from current levels to more than 5.6 billion tonnes per year by 2050. As of 2021, carbon capture plants in operation or planned for construction can only meet about 3% of this amount.
Today:
0.038 billion tonnes per year
Capacity from 29
currently operating plants
Tomorrow:
0.112 billion tonnes per year
Capacity from 102 new
plants underway
Needed by 2050:
>5.6 billion tonnes per year
To limit global warming to 1.5°C

And wait, there's more:

We need to rethink carbon capture

Conventional CCUS processes rely on chemicals that generate hazardous waste. They also need high temperatures, which are both energy-intensive and costly. They corrode expensive equipment and need upfront purification of flue gas. While these processes are far better than doing nothing, we can do even better with biotechnology. With enzymatic CCUS, we replace harsh chemicals with carbonates and biodegradable enzymes. The result is less energy-intensive, more cost-effective CCUS processes with lower chemical. That’s better news for factories and great news for our planet.

We give factories “lungs”

Did you know that your body also has the key with which biotechnology unlocks improved CCUS? Every time you breathe, your lungs use an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase. It’s vital to the exchange of CO2 and carbonates in respiration. We’re using this enzyme to rethink CCUS. You could say that carbonic anhydrase gives factories “lungs”.

I simply can’t imagine working on anything more exciting than this. Although there are many important initiatives underway to reduce emissions, the clock is ticking. Every scientific scenario to reduce emissions in time includes carbon capture and storage. This technology is a must to safeguard our future from the worst impacts of climate change, and I’m proud to be part of making it more sustainable and affordable.

Klaus Skaalum Lassen,

PhD, Head of Novozymes Carbon
Capture and Storage activities

I simply can’t imagine working on anything more exciting than this. Although there are many important initiatives underway to reduce emissions, the clock is ticking. Every scientific scenario to reduce emissions in time includes carbon capture and storage. This technology is a must to safeguard our future from the worst impacts of climate change, and I’m proud to be part of making it more sustainable and affordable.

Klaus Skaalum Lassen,

PhD, Head of Novozymes Carbon
Capture and Storage activities

What is enzymatic carbon capture?

Carbonic anhydrase replaces chemicals in CCUS, capturing millions of carbon dioxide molecules every second and turning them into carbonate. Like conventional CCUS, the enzymatic process can capture more than 90% of CO2 emissions from flue gas. But enzymatic CCUS is more affordable, sustainable and convenient for many factories.
Supplying enzymatic carbon capture solutions worldwide
In a carbon capture collaboration agreement with Saipem, we provide enzymatic carbon capture solutions to industrial facilities and power plants around the world. Saipem supplies the carbon capture process and equipment, while we supply the enzymes that optimize the process.
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