An international mining company with a possible potash project in Saskatchewan is highlighting carbon capture and storage technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to help with carbon taxes.
It was just over a year ago that the BHP Billiton SaskPower Carbon Capture Knowledge Centre was established in Regina to help advance the technology.
Fiona Wild is the vice president of sustainability and climate change with BHP Billiton. She says accelerating the development of CCS and making it more readily available is the goal as the company looks for ways to reduce emissions and bring the price of the technology down.
She explains that it’s not just for power generation facilities.
Carbon capture can be used for oil and gas processing, mining, steel making and other industrial activities so it has significant global emissions reduction potential.
Wild understands that not everyone is on board for a carbon pricing, but she sees it as a reality and will be part of any long-term policy framework on climate change.
Each country will have different methods, Canada’s carbon tax being one instance, but Wild believes it is important to have a price in place and continue from there.
(With files from CJWW)