Initial Report Now Available: Carbon Mineralization Potential for BC

Vancouver, BC – November 3, 2020 – An initial report from a minerals research project assessing the potential for rocks in British Columbia to capture and store the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) is now available through the Geoscience BC website.

The Carbon Mineralization Potential for BC project assesses the potential for ultramafic rocks in BC to naturally bind atmospheric CO2 (using magnesium-rich minerals that are found in some mine tailings) in a solid carbonate mineral form, where it can remain in a benign state for thousands of years or more. The Geoscience BC research is part of a wider initiative led by University of British Columbia researchers involving industry partners, geoscience agencies across Canada and Natural Resource Canada’s Clean Growth Program.

The report Carbon Mineralization Potential Map for British Columbia: A Preliminary Assessment estimates that BC’s ultramafic rocks have the potential to capture more than 56 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide, representing more than 800 years of greenhouse gas emissions for BC. It provides an initial assessment of the abundance, location, shape, size and quality of ultramafic rocks in BC using existing geologic, geochemical, and geophysical data. A final report, carbon mineralization potential map and public data for the project are expected to be published in early 2021.

A webinar discussing the initial results will take place this morning (November 3, 2020) at 10:00 AM Pacific time and will be available to watch afterwards on Geoscience BC’s YouTube channel.

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Richard Truman
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