Direct Air Capture LCA Best Practices

As one of the performance elements of the Carbon Negative Shot, robust life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting is a critical element for Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR). Life Cycle Analysis/Assessment (LCA) is an existing framework that is well suited to evaluate the environmental implications of CDR. By design, LCA provides a holistic perspective of the potential environmental impacts of a product or process across the different life cycle phases.

Not only can LCA be used to help determine the net CO2e removal of a CDR approach, but it can also help with the assessment of potential tradeoffs with other environmental impacts. Even though the approaches for LCA are codified in the ISO 14040/14044 standards, we recognize the need to establish specific best practices for the subjective elements in those standards to harmonize data and methods to allow for consistent assessments of CDR approaches.

During this webinar, representatives from DOE’s Office of Carbon Management will provide an overview of the recently released Best Practices for the analysis of Direct Air Capture with Storage (DACS).


Sheila Hollis

Acting Executive Director
United States Energy Association

Dr. Jennifer Wilcox

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
U.S. DOE - Office of Fossil Energy & Carbon Management

Greg Cooney

Engineer - Environmental, Systems, and Economic Analysis
U.S. DOE - Office of Fossil Energy & Carbon Management