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Powerful new tool provides regional data for CCUS network designers

What types of industry are found in Northern Croatia? Do good transport links exist close to clusters of CO2 emitters in France’s Rhone Valley? And what are the options for storing CO2 captured from Portugal’s industrial sites?

A set of interactive maps unveiled by STRATEGY CCUS this week provides answers to these questions and more for designers of CO2 capture, usage and storage (CCUS) networks in southern and eastern Europe.

Each map, created using open source GIS tools, can be tailored to the user’s needs with various filter and slider options, which are intuitive to use. This fascinating and useful resource provides data as layers of graphics that quickly build a picture of CCUS potential in the regions covered.

Researchers engaged in STRATEGY CCUS’s Work Package 2 were tasked with mapping the technical potential for developing CCUS in each of the project's eight promising regions. They expect the resulting maps to be of value to various user groups – including local and regional authorities, project developers and industries – who are exploring different decarbonisation pathways.

Paulo Mesquita of Universidade de Évora, from the multi-partner team who produced the maps, said: “The spatial distribution of CO2 emitters, the locations of potential storage units and the possible opportunities and constrains related with terrain and transport possibilities are at the core of the CCUS process. This tool will allow for quick assessments of the multiple spatial actors and also caters a practical way to display some of the key parameters collected.”

Maps for eight regions across eastern and southern Europe can be found on the Mapping potential page of the project website.

Maps are available for:

  • Paris Basin, France
  • Rhone Valley, France
  • Lusitanian Basin, Portugal
  • Ebro Basin, Spain
  • Galati Area, Romania
  • Northern Croatia
  • Upper Silesia, Poland
  • West Macedonia, Greece

Image: Screenshot from Ebro Basin interactive map, showing key emitters and CO2 transport options