Next step on the road to carbon capture

The Swedish company Sysav receives support from the Energy Agency to further investigate the possibilities for CCS – Carbon Capture and Storage – at the waste-to-energy plant in Malmö. A feasibility study on method, economics and law is now being launched. Full-scale implementation can reduce Sysav’s carbon dioxide emissions from the chimney by up to 90 percent, which corresponds to around half of Malmö’s fossil emissions.

– Carbon dioxide capture is necessary for Sysav to be able to achieve the goal of being climate positive by 2030. We are very happy to be able to move forward with the project with the help of the financial support from the Energy Agency, says Martina Andersson, business developer at Sysav Utveckling AB and project manager for The CCS study. There are many complex questions that need answers, including uncertainties around regulations and funding. CCS is a large investment that requires careful work to produce a sustainable business model.

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Sysav began investigating the possibilities for CCS in 2021 with, among other things, an overall feasibility study. It demonstrated the feasibility of CCS implementation, provided indicative costs, and analyzed two technologically mature carbon capture technologies. In the continued feasibility study, the focus will be on optimized energy integration of a selected capture technology in the waste-to-energy plant, surface requirements, costs and business model, supplier contacts and preparations to apply for an environmental permit.

90% of the carbon dioxide can be captured and stored

The incineration of sorted residual waste in Sysav’s cogeneration plant causes approximately 600,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. About 40 percent comes from fossil sources, mainly plastic, and about 60 percent from biogenic sources, such as paper and food waste. In a potential full-scale implementation of CCS, about 90% of the carbon dioxide can be captured and stored.