November 16, 2022
Fact Sheets

The difference between CCS, CCU, and CDR – and why it matters

Fact sheet explaining the difference between CCS CCU and CDR

Carbon capture and storage (CCS), carbon capture and utilisation (CCU), and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) will all need to play a role in the mitigation of climate change, yet differ in origin and destination of captured carbon, and therefore also in their impact on net greenhouse gas emission balances. To ensure effective action on climate change, it is essential to distinguish the different roles these so-called ‘carbon management’ options can and cannot play in climate change mitigation, to inform the use of the most appropriate tool in different contexts. We break down for you the difference between CCS, CCU and CDR and why these distinctions matter.