Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership

CO2 and Storage in the Region

The PCOR Partnership region includes all or part of nine U.S. states and four Canadian provinces within the central interior of North America.

The U.S. portion of the PCOR Partnership region contains 8% of the U.S. population and 16% of the U.S. land area and generates about 7% of the U.S. gross domestic product. The area accounts for 9% of the anthropogenic CO2 produced in the United States.

The Canadian portion of the PCOR Partnership region contains 17% of the Canadian population and 20% of its land area and generates about 22% of Canada's gross domestic product. The area accounts for 40% of the anthropogenic CO2 produced in Canada.

Viewed from a global perspective, the PCOR Partnership region accounts for 0.5% of the population and 2.5% of the land mass and generates 2.5% of the gross domestic product. The PCOR Partnership region also accounts for around 3.0% of the global anthropogenic CO2 emissions.

The PCOR Partnership region has significant potential to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions to the atmosphere by storing the carbon from CO2 at the surface (terrestrial CO2 sinks) or in the subsurface (geologic CO2 sinks). Storing carbon in soils and plant materials at the surface of the Earth is called terrestrial CO2 sequestration. Storing carbon dioxide in geologic layers deep beneath the surface of the Earth is called geologic sequestration. There are also many opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions through increased use of renewable energy, advanced power systems, and conservation. Individuals can also make a difference.

Follow these links to learn more about the PCOR Partnership region's sources of anthropogenic CO2, its terrestrial and geologic CO2 sinks that are critical to CO2 sequestration activities, the field validation tests and demonstrations currently under way for CO2 sequestration in the region, and the regulation and permitting background for CO2 sequestration in the international PCOR Partnership region.