The first carbon capture facility in Russia will be created in Tomsk
The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation has approved a project that will create the first carbon test site in the Tomsk Region. The project envisions monitoring climate-active gases as well as designing technologies for capturing, storing, and neutralizing them. One of the instruments that will significantly lower the industrial carbon footprint will be the first direct carbon capture facility in Russia. It will be developed by TSU and the Engineering Chemical Technology Centre (ECTC) and will be implemented by a large interdisciplinary team of the University of Tomsk: TSU, V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics SB RAS, IMCES SB RAS, IPC SB RAS, and Siberian Research Institute of Agriculture and Peat.
The carbon test site is one of the priorities of the consortium Global Earth Changes: Climate, Ecology, Quality of Life, initiated by TSU. Some of the participation agreements were signed during the forum U-NOVUS 2021.
“The Tomsk regional carbon test site will become a part of the test site network created under the order of Vladimir Putin. The network will solve both climate and economic issues,” explains Lyudmila Borilo, executive director of the TSU Center of Excellence TSSW: Siberian Institute of the Future. “The first issue is decarbonization, which means lowering carbon emissions – one of the main components of greenhouse gases. Experts say that if humanity does not lower carbon emissions level by 2100, the average temperature will rise by 3.5-5.2 degrees Celsius, which will lead to natural, economic, and social disasters. Climate transformation already causes a negative effect on the environment, and it gets worse every year.”