The first commercial-scale plant for making methanol from carbon dioxide will save an estimated 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year compared with making methanol from coal

Environment 4 November 2022

The Shunli plant in Anyang, China

Carbon Recycling International

The world’s largest facility for converting carbon dioxide and hydrogen into methanol is now up and running in China.

Methanol – a liquid also called wood alcohol – is used for the production of chemicals such as plastics and as a fuel. It is usually made from coal or natural gas, but making it from waste CO2 will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We estimate the emissions avoidance to be greater than 500,000 tonnes of CO2 or equivalent per year,” says Ómar Freyr …