Our vision is to get CO2 capture and use recognized and implemented as a mainstream climate solution

Techno-Economic Assessment & Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines for CO2 Utilization


The Techno-Economic Assessment & Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines for CO2 Utilization address the need for harmonized procedures that ensure rigorous, transparent, and uniform analysis of environmental and economic impacts.

AssessCCUS is the leading repository of resources for life cycle and techno-economic assessment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies.

Learn about our evaluation strategies

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Development and commercialization of new carbon dioxide capture and utilization technologies is conducted with financial support from the College of Engineering’s Blue Sky Initiative.

Read about Global CO2 Initiative research and commercialization

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Courses and research projects are active across the University of Michigan to provide the learning environment needed to build the workforce for a new carbon economy.

The Global CO2 Initiative Student Association, a multidisciplinary U-M organization, provides a variety of carbon removal educational opportunities for students in majors ranging from engineering to art and design to public policy.

Discover our education initiatives

Latest News


CCU: why, why now, and how?

Dr. Volker Sick at TEDx Humboldt State University

This TEDx Countdown Talk explains the need for carbon dioxide utilization (CDU), the opportunities, boundary conditions, potential pitfalls, and critical needs to advance required technologies in the time needed. CDU as a mainstream climate-relevant solution is gaining rapid traction as measured by the increase in the number of related publications, the investment activity, and the political action taken in various countries.


Second Annual Carbon Dioxide Removal Law & Policy Conference

September 27, 2022
This on-line event will have a variety of formats, including standard presentations, roundtables, debates, or ones driven largely by audience.


CO2 Products and Utilization

Carbon into materials.
carbon into concrete.
Carbon into fuels and chemicals
Carbon negative, dollar positive.

From concrete to plastics, there is a tremendous opportunity for captured and utilized carbon dioxide to reduce emission footprints as well as create market opportunity for critical sectors around the world.

Construction Materials

  • Cement and concrete
  • Asphalt
  • Timber/super hardwood

Industrial Fluids

  • Enhanced oil recovery
  • Enhanced coal bed methane recovery
  • Enhanced water recovery
  • Semiconductor fabrication
  • Power cycles


  • Synthetic (methanol, butanol, natural gas, syngas, etc.)
  • Micro-algae fuel
  • Macro-algae fuel


  • Polyurethane foams
  • Polycarbonate (glass replacement)
  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
  • Many more


  • Preservatives (formic acid)
  • Medicinal
  • Antifreeze (ethylene glycol)
  • Carbon black
  • Many more

New Materials

  • Carbon fiber
  • Carbon nanotubes and fullerenes

Agriculture & Food

  • Algae-based food or animal feed
  • Microbial fertilizer
  • Biochar, bio-pesticides, and bio-cosmetics

Why Carbon Removal and Utilization?