About the Project

Decarbonising refineries through CCUS

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Refineries play a major role in our modern lifestyles, making it possible to provide an almost infinite range of everyday products – from electronics, fuels and medical supplies to construction materials and sports equipment.  These industries emit carbon dioxide (CO2) as part of their inherent processes. Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technology offers a way to reduce these emissions substantially as part of Europe’s wider efforts to meet climate targets by 2030 and the EU’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.

The REALISE CCUS project unites industry experts and scientists from different nations in a concerted drive to support the refinery sector’s decarbonisation ambitions. Our research, funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme, focuses on the full CCUS chain – from CO2 capture, transport and geological CO2 storage to CO2 reuse – for specific clusters which include refineries and other industries. Our results will support CCUS delivery by demonstrating the technology, enabling sizeable cost-reductions, undertaking public engagement and assessing financial, political and regulatory barriers.