Regional Storage Potential
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
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
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
sinks that are critical to CO2
sequestration activities, the field validation tests
currently under way for CO2
sequestration in the region, and the
regulations and permitting
background for CO2
in the international PCOR Partnership region.