Currently the world uses more than 91 million barrels of petroleum per day and global primary energy demand is predicted to grow at an average rate of 1.5% per year to 2035. This need will impact the environment, specifically climate change with its potential to bring droughts, floods, diseases and geopolitical conflict for resources and raw materials.
We already face serious environmental challenges: the IEA estimates that we need to introduce more than 30% zero-carbon fuels into the global energy pool to stabilize atmospheric CO2 levels at 450 parts per million during that time span.
The impact on our planet of trying to meet this energy growth target without reducing our carbon footprint is becoming increasingly clear. It is our responsibility to seize upon this as an opportunity to make a change.
In fact, we can meet this challenge if we use all the scientific tools we have at our disposal and embrace new ideas. New energy solutions are increasingly available to us; solutions that create low carbon fuels from waste resources will mitigate GHG emissions, increase energy security and promote energy democratization. This is progress.
Solutions to these global challenges must be found at the regional level. Communities need solutions that integrate well with local requirements and leverage local resources; in the case of energy production- using waste gases from local industry or local agricultural waste products or municipal solid waste.
Novel platforms like LanzaTech’s carbon capture and reuse technology will provide us with solutions that create low carbon fuels from waste resources while mitigating greenhouse emissions, increasing energy security and promoting energy democratization. LanzaTech is working with third parties such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Tsinghua University, E4 tech and Michigan Technological University to continuously assess the environmental impact of its technology platform. In 2013, LanzaTech’s pre-commercial facility in China with Shougang earned a world first sustainability certification from the RSB for industrial carbon capture and utilization.
The future of our planet depends upon solutions which defy our current definition of energy sources and how energy should be utilized or deployed. It is a global opportunity to challenge our assumptions and innovate to change the rules.
LanzaTech does just that.