Emission Reduction Potential for Replacing Fossil Feedstock with CCU-based Methanol (PNG)
At end of life, carbon embedded in chemicals and derived materials is released to the atmosphere as CO₂. In the case of fossil-based feedstock, this contributes to global warming. For CCU-based feedstock this is not the case, since all carbon embedded in these products was captured from the air (or from point sources) before through carbon capture. In a simplified model, additional emissions only electricity production for causes emissions for CCU-based feedstock production. Only the use of renewable energy can save emissions.
The GHG emissions of CCU-based methanol could be 67 to 77 % lower compared to emissions from releasing embedded carbon of fossil fuels, when using current energy supply based on photovoltaics. With improvements in renewable energy production, the reduction could increase to levels between 96 and 100 %.