WESTCARB is a collaborative project involving over 100 public agencies, private companies, nonprofits, universities, and research labs. We work to identify and validate the best regional opportunities for keeping CO2 out of the atmosphere, thereby reducing humankind's impact on the climate.
Within its territory, WESTCARB identified the major stationary sources of CO2 such as power plants, oil refineries, and cement plants; assessed CO2 separation or “capture” technologies that could be used at these facilities; and determined the potential for using CO2 commercially and/or storing it in geologic formations.
Earlier phases of WESTCARB’s work included researching the potential for increasing terrestrial carbon storage through activities such as tree planting, conservation forest management practices, and removal of materials such as stunted undergrowth and brush that can contribute to severe wildfires.
Established in 2003, WESTCARB is one of seven research partnerships co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to characterize regional carbon storage opportunities and conduct technology validation projects. The California Energy Commission, which manages WESTCARB, is a major co-funder and hosts this website.
WESTCARB's territory includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, and the province of British Columbia.