Since 2013


Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Reps. Peters, Curtis Introduce Bill to Ensure a Cleaner and Healthier Atmosphere for the Future

Nov 16, 2022
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Rep. John Curtis (UT-03) introduced the Carbon Removal and Emissions Storage Technologies Act of 2022 (CREST Act). Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through natural or engineered processes to clean our air and ensure we stop increasing global warming. This legislation would expand research, testing, and public-private partnerships to advance carbon removal technologies to the point that they can be deployed to meet our goal of curbing climate change.

The CREST Act expands the Department of Energy’s (DOE) carbon removal research and development programs to focus on solutions like biomass carbon removal/storage, carbon utilization, ocean carbon removal and carbon mineralization. The bill also creates a Carbon Removal First Movers Pilot Program to accelerate the deployment of proven carbon removal solutions. The CREST Act was introduced in the Senate by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

“Advanced technologies that help our climate usually begin as expensive and complex endeavors,” said Rep. Peters. “Removing carbon pollution from our air requires coordination among many actors in the coming decades to grow to the necessary scale. The bipartisan CREST Act builds on successful legislation like the Energy Act of 2020 and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to further support early-stage carbon removal innovation and help kickstart this industry in the United States.”

Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that carbon removal solutions will be essential to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, especially to counterbalance sectors with emissions that are difficult to mitigate, such as steel production and long-haul aviation.

Key provisions of the Carbon Removal and Emissions Storage Technologies Act of 2022:

  1. Expands federal carbon removal research and development programs.
    1. Expands research on algal biomass with carbon capture, aquatic biomass carbon removal, and carbon dioxide conversion including techniques such as enhanced photosynthesis and root growth.
    2. Establishes a new initiative focused on developing new products from carbon dioxide.
    3. Provides funding to conduct carbon mineralization pilot projects and field experiments to examine the use of mine tailings and industrial wastes for carbon mineralization.
    4. Provides funding to research, develop, and demonstrate manufacturing techniques for direct air capture technologies.
    5. Requires a comprehensive assessment of pathways, methods, and technologies able to directly remove carbon dioxide from the oceans.
  2. Creates a five-year Carbon Removal First Movers Pilot Program to accelerate the deployment and market commercialization of proven carbon removal technologies.
    1. Establishes a competitive purchasing program to support innovative companies that are cost-effectively removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
    2. 70% of the funding is dedicated to companies removing carbon dioxide for more than 1,000 years. 30% is for companies removing carbon dioxide between 100 and 1,000 years.

“Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is one of the most promising clean technologies for removing carbon already in our atmosphere and affordably reducing emissions across the global economy," said Rich Powell, Executive Director, ClearPath Action. "The Carbon Removal and Emissions Storage Technologies (CREST) Act of 2022, led by Rep. Peters (D-CA) and John Curtis (R-UT), builds on recent CDR RD&D investments from the bipartisan Energy Act of 2020 and launches a first-of-a-kind program to accelerate the commercialization of a diverse suite of CDR solutions.”

“Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies are crucial for climate mitigation and have the potential to create good paying jobs.” said Michele Stockwell, Executive Director of BPC Action. “The CREST Act takes a novel approach to innovating and financing CDR solutions at the Department of Energy, including the creation of a pilot program to procure CDR services that will attract additional private sector capital for CDR in the years ahead. This kind of bipartisan policy solution will help ensure the long-term success of these innovative next-generation technologies.”

“Capture6, a direct air capture company, supports the Carbon Removal and Emissions Storage Technologies Act of 2022 (CREST Act) to expand federal carbon removal research and development under the Energy Act of 2020," said Dr. Ethan Cohen-Cole, CEO and Co-Founder of Capture6. “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reiterated that we need to remove billions of tons of CO2 from the atmosphere to stay below 1.5C. Government procurement is necessary to achieve this goal by scaling carbon removal projects in the United States. We appreciate the inclusion of research funding for carbon mineralization projects and storage options, which are essential for durable removals. Thank you to Representative Peters and Representative Curtis for introducing a companion bill to the Senate version (S. 4420), which we applaud Senator Collins and Senator Cantwell for initiating.”

Rep. Peters helped secure notable climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act including billions in tax credits and grant programs to support essential climate technologies like solar, wind and carbon capture. Rep. Peters has also introduced bills to combat the climate crisis including the METHANE ACT to curb dangerous methane emissions, the National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act to prepare the nation for climate change-fueled extreme weather, and the Federal Carbon Dioxide Removal Leadership Act to help deploy critical technologies that remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.