global map of research centers and CCU in eastern USA and western Europe.

CCU Activity Hub


To assist the accelerated development and deployment of carbon capture and utilization technologies, the Global CO2 Initiative at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce a global map tracing worldwide carbon policy, research, and economic impact.

This is the map’s beta version. We plan to continually add updates, so please check back frequently.

For instructions on how to use the specific features of the map, please see the instructions at the bottom of this page.

What Information is Available

The information in this map is organized in a number of layers around Policy, Research, and Economic Impact.

  • Policy
    • Countries with or considering a carbon tax
    • Countries with or considering an emissions trade and swap system (ETS)
    • State or provinces with their own carbon tax or ETS
  • Research Publications on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU)
    • 3000 published articles mapped geographically from scholarly databases such as SCOPUS, Dimensions, and Engineering Village. Note that the article maps according to the lead author’s affiliate institution.
    • Information about the most cited research articles in CCU
    • Locations of research centers focused on carbon capture and utilization policy and technology
  • Economic Impact
    • Startups focused on carbon capture and utilization

How to Use The Map

Here is a quick overview of some of the features available in this map.

Zooming In and Out

Use the plus and minus buttons to zoom in and out of the map. The buttons appear in the upper left corner of the map. Selecting the home button sends you back to a view of the world.

Zoom and home buttons.

Selecting Layers

The default layer displays CCU research articles according to the location of the lead author.

Add or subtract other layers by selecting the layer button and selecting/deselecting the layers you want. View as many or as few layers as you’d like at one time.

Viewing the Legend

To view the legend for the layers you have chosen, select the legend button.


Selecting an item provides more information about that item. This information varies by its source.

Use the search button to search by author, title, affiliation, or other fields in the data.

Search button.

Visualizing Through Time

All the layers are time coded (except for the research center layer). This means you can visualize when an article was published, a startup launched or a law enacted through time using the slider at the bottom of the screen.

To turn on the time slider, select the clock button.

Time slider

The time slider looks like this:

time slider


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Comments, Corrections, and Feedback

We welcome all manner of feedback to help improve the map. If you see something you like, would like to see or needs correcting, please send an email to us through our contact form.

If you would like to add a publication, start-up, or center, please add it to this form. Publications references can be sent in standard RIS format or similar, but please ensure that all publications have a DOI number visible.