About the Project

Since 2019, the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has convened a diverse group of stakeholders — consisting of corporations, industry special interest groups, academic institutions and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) — to explore the deployment of carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies in the state of Texas. The discussions revealed a number of topics that policymakers and regulators in the state of Texas may need to consider for a robust CCUS industry to emerge. Given growing global concerns about CO2 emissions and climate change and the increasing number of firms across the energy industry as well as other industries who are committing to “net-zero” targets, the health of the Texas economy will be intimately linked to the ability of firms operating in the state to meet their stated goals.

Texas refineries at sunset

The organizations that participated are recognized for their contributions to the working group discussions. Recognition does not convey attribution. Moreover, in no way should recognition for participation be deemed as endorsement or adoption of the recommendations and policy proposals herein. The research and recommendations herein are exclusively attributed to the authors.  Participating organizations of the stakeholder working group, listed in alphabetical order, include:

8 Rivers
Air Liquide
Baker Hughes
Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute
Center for Houston’s Future
Clean Air Task Force
Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
Dow Inc.
Environmental Defense Fund
Gas Technology Institute

Greater Houston Partnership
Gulf Coast Carbon Center at the Bureau of Economic Geology
Houston Advanced Research Center
Kinder Institute for Urban Studies at Rice University

Kinder Morgan
Natural Resource Partners
NRG Energy
Occidental Petroleum
Phillips 66
Port of Houston
Quintana Minerals
The University of Texas at Austin
US Business Council for Sustainable Development