WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced the release of its Strategic Vision, The Role of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management in Achieving Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

FECM’s Strategic Vision will enable DOE to make strategic carbon management decisions and prioritize approaches that minimize the environmental impacts of fossil fuels and carbon-based feedstocks and help the nation achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

“Decarbonization is the cornerstone of President Biden’s strategy, which means that we must find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and remove legacy carbon dioxide emissions from the accumulated pool in the atmosphere,” said Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, FECM. “Our Strategic Vision reflects those goals and the work required to achieve it. We are committed to enabling the demonstration, and ultimately the deployment, of carbon management technologies and solutions that will mitigate the challenges associated with the use of fossil fuels in a just and sustainable way.”

FECM outlined the following three strategic directions and related priorities to help the U.S. government achieve a fully decarbonized power sector by 2035 and net-zero emissions by 2050:

  • Advancing Justice, Labor, and Engagement (Priorities: justice, labor, and international and domestic partnerships),
  • Advancing Carbon Management Approaches toward Deep Decarbonization (Priorities: point-source carbon capture, carbon dioxide conversion, carbon dioxide removal, and reliable carbon transport and storage), and
  • Advancing Technologies that Lead to Sustainable Energy Resources (Priorities: hydrogen with carbon management, domestic critical minerals production, and methane mitigation).

“FECM has an incredibly important role to play in our decarbonization transition, but we cannot do it alone,” said Dr. Wilcox. “We have established a valuable carbon management framework that will guide our engagement with offices across DOE, Federal agencies, tribal and international governments, industry, non-governmental organizations, and communities as we urgently work toward a net-zero future.”

To read FECM’s Strategic Vision and learn more about the office’s research and development efforts, visit the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s website. Also be sure to sign up to receive future FECM news alerts here.