Sustainable Papers for Greenhouse Gas Capture

Author/Alier — 30 May 2024

The CAPTAPAPER project aims to develop an innovative range of sustainable recycled papers with the ability to capture greenhouse gases (GHGs), based on the use of additives for the capture and mineralization of carbon dioxide (CO2). Specifically, the research in this project will focus on producing recycled papers intended for the manufacturing of gypsum board panels used in the construction sector. Additionally, recycled paper will be used for making shopping bags commonly utilized in the commercial sector. Below, we highlight the importance of this initiative and its contribution to strengthening our commitment to our core principles: putting people first, respecting the environment, constantly evolving, and maintaining transparency, honesty, and integrity in all our actions.


The financial resources granted for the execution of the project will enable the production of functionalized paper for the capture of greenhouse gases (GHGs), such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, among others. This paper will have the ability to play an active role in reducing the carbon footprint by capturing and retaining these harmful gases, thus contributing to climate change mitigation and promoting more sustainable practices in the paper industry. As a result, it addresses climate pollution and decarbonization from a perspective that is very close to society.


The CAPTAPAPER project aims to demonstrate that it is possible to advance towards sustainability and innovation in our industry through a product as simple and yet as integral to daily life as paper. The products resulting from this project will play a significant role in reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation. Beyond its impact on the sector, CAPTAPAPER aims to engage citizens in the fight against climate change by encouraging active participation in initiatives that promote environmental sustainability. The final applications envisioned in the project will help reduce the greenhouse gases in the air we breathe. For example, simply using a paper bag that captures greenhouse gases for shopping or utilizing gypsum boards with the ability to absorb CO2 and other gases as building materials.


Firstly, the funds will be used to establish external collaborations with companies specialized in the field of nanotechnology and in the development of new additives, as well as with universities that can provide additional knowledge and resources. Additionally, funds will be allocated for the acquisition of necessary additives for the functionalization of materials, which will enhance their properties and applications. Lastly, part of the funding will be used to purchase equipment necessary for conducting capture capacity tests, allowing us to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the developed materials. The funding will also be directed towards new hires, enabling the incorporation of specialized personnel in key areas of the project.


The project has a duration of 2 years and is divided into several strategic and coordinated phases. Starting in January 2024, the first phase focuses on an exhaustive search for new additives capable of capturing CO2, along with comprehensive research on the current state of these technologies. This initial stage lays the essential groundwork for the subsequent development of the project. It is anticipated that all planned research activities within the project will conclude by December 2025. By that time, fully developed prototypes are expected to be ready for evaluation, equipped with the necessary capabilities for decarbonization, representing a significant step towards achieving the project’s objectives.


To assess the success of the project focused on developing innovative products for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and contributing to the fight against climate change, it is crucial to consider two main aspects: effectiveness in GHG capture and market acceptance. It is essential that the developed products achieve a significant reduction in GHG emissions compared to existing alternatives. Additionally, to ensure a real impact, there must be strong acceptance and adoption of these products by consumers and businesses.


SDGs: 9, 12, 13

Execution Period: January 2024 to December 2025

Budget: €152,800

Grant: €76,400

File Number: ACE100/23/000012

Call: Green R&D Clusters in Circular Economy, waste sector, 2023 call

Organization: ACCIÓ – in collaboration with the CATALAN OFFICE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE (OCCC)