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Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage is a key technology for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Recent changes to the tax code (45Q) provide a tax credit to power plants and industrial facilities that capture and store CO2 that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere. The Stanford Center for Carbon Storage uses a multidisciplinary approach to address critical questions related to flow physics, monitoring, geochemistry, and simulation of the transport and fate of CO2 stored in partially- to fully-depleted oil fields, saline aquifers, and other unconventional reservoirs.


"Expanding Carbon Capture and Storage technology to a Gt-CO2 per year scale will require significantly more research to provide assurances that selected sites will be able to secure CO2 safely and effectively.“   - Sally Benson






Program Directors

Sarh D. Saltzer - Managing Director

Sally Benson

Program Directors

Thuy Nguyen
(650) 725-2725 /

Cerise Burns
(650) 723-7758 /



Department of Energy Resources Engineering
Stanford University
367 Panama Street
Green Earth Sciences Bldg.
Stanford, CA 94305-2220, USA



Research Areas

Reservoir Characterization for Storage Accelerated Trapping and Footprint Control Enhanced Recovery from O&G Reservoirs
Unconventional CO2 Reservoirs Low-Cost High-Quality Monitoring Techno-Economic and Policy Analysis


Stanford Faculty Involved in Research Supported by the Center:

Geochemistry and Carbon Capture

Bill Mitch

Kate Maher
Systems and Economic Analysis

Adam Brandt

Sally Benson
Geomechanics and Geophysics

Tiziana Vanorio

Biondo Biondi

Mark Zoback
Reservoir Engineering

Hamdi Tchelepi

Lou Durlofsky

Anthony Kovscek

Lynn Orr

Sally Benson



Overview of California Negative Emissions Report

Options for Negative Carbon Emissions in California
Sarah Baker, Deputy Group Leader, from Lawrence Livermore National Lab presented an Overview of California Negative Emissions Report.

To achieve its goal of being carbon-neutral by 2045, California has an opportunity to lead the world in developing and investing in solutions to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This means that California must continue on its path to decarbonizing its economy by transitioning to renewable sources of energy and fuel. However, current models predict that these measures alone will not be sufficient to completely decarbonize California’s economy; residual emissions from transportation, in particular, will be difficult to eliminate completely in 25 years. California can counteract these residual emissions with negative emissions: utilizing practices and technologies that directly remove carbon dioxide from the air.

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Mark Coalmer presents OGCI Climate Investments: $1B+ for a Sustainable Low-Emissions Future

Achieving the Paris Agreement requires a combination of innovation and practical action. The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative consortium, which represents 32% of global operated oil and gas production, created the $1B+ Climate Investments fund to invest for a sustainable low-emissions future. Our growing portfolio includes “hard to abate” sectors across industrials and commercial transport, and this talk highlights these and our approach to implementing impactful solutions.

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Sarah Saltzer serves as Moderator for CCST Expert Briefing

SCCS Managing Director, Sarah Saltzer, serves as Moderator for CCST Expert Briefing in February 2020. 

CCST Expert Briefings are presentations by panels of relevant experts on a range of science or technology topics. CCST uses Expert Briefings to convey the results of its reports (including Emerging Topics and Commissioned Reports). Expert Briefings may also be convened at the request of the Capitol community as part of a "Rapid Response" to provide reliable, impartial expertise on topics when decision makers need information in a relatively short timeframe. Each CCST Expert Briefing is accompanied by a clearly written CCST One Pager, which succinctly summarizes the background information and policy-relevant discussions necessary for a reader to be briefed on the topic in question.


The Stanford Center for Carbon Storage (SCCS) is a membership-based industrial affiliates program. Membership is available to all interested companies, government agencies, and non-profits. Please contact Sarah Saltzer, managing director of SCCS for more information. (