Will Switzerland store CO2 underground?

© 2021 Keystone

© 2021 Keystone

In order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Switzerland will have to choose between exporting carbon dioxide or storing it underground. In the article published by Tribune de Genève and 24heures the experts share their opinions about the possible solutions.

To be able to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, actions must be taken now. Switzerland is faced with a choice: capture the CO2 and store it underground, on the Swiss territory, or export it to be stored elsewhere.

Laboratory of Soil Mechanics (LMS) directed by Prof. Lyesse Laloui, is investigating the strategy including carbon capture in Switzerland.

In order to treat millions of tons, the only solution is to bury them permanently in deep geological layers

Prof. Lyesse Laloui, Laboratory of Soil Mechanics (LMS), EPFL

Carbon dioxide can be converted into various products, but in large quantities, the only solution seems to be injecting and storing it underground.

LMS is contributing to the research on CO2 capture and storage that are currently carried out in the Mont Terri Laboratory in Swiss Jura region. However, the knowledge about the Swiss geological formations and their sealing capacity still needs further investigation.

The complete article can be found under the following link.