What is the environmental benefit from carbon sequestration?

factory-310848_640Carbon sequestration can be one of the many ways to reduce greenhouse emissions and prevent further contamination of the atmosphere. Numerous studies have shown that the amount of CO2 produced by power plants, cars and houses is more than the environment can absorb. Carbon sequestration can offer a possible solution to this problem. Let’s see what the scientific data suggests.

More than 40% of the CO2 emissions in the USA come from power plants. Through carbon sequestration power plants can keep producing the same amount of electricity while greenhouse emissions can be reduced by up to 80% – 90%. Applied to a 500MW power plant, which produces almost 3 million tons of CO2 per year, the amount of greenhouse gases avoided through carbon sequestration is equivalent to planting 62 million trees or saving electricity from 300, 000 homes. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 1,800 to 20,000 billion metric tons of CO2 can be effectively stored underground in USA.

What is your opinion on carbon sequestration? Let me know in the comments below.

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