Last week, the Smart Carbon Network was launched in order to bring agriculture, energy, and academic leaders together and raise awareness of the benefits of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies. The network will collaborate with farmers and rural residents to advocate for smart, safe, and economically sound carbon capture management. Joe Heinrich, Executive Director of the Smart Carbon Network, said they want to promote carbon as a co-product of ethanol production.
Heinrich said farmers will see benefits from a more competitive ethanol industry, and rural communities will be able to take advantage of the new products that will result from carbon capture.
In general, Heinrich said rural communities will see big environmental and economical benefits.
Since farmers are already focused on conservation and sustainability, Heinrich said this effort should be a natural fit for the ag industry.
Carbon capture has been around for decades at this point, so Heinrich said the main hurdle they have to overcome is promoting understanding and awareness of the benefits of CCUS technologies.
For more information, visit smartcarbonnetwork.com.