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Record interest in climate-related conference in Oslo

More than 250 of the world’s leading researchers in carbon capture, transport and storage - better known as CCS - have gathered today at the Soria Moria Hotel and Conference Centre in Oslo.

- I am very proud to welcome so many leading CCS researchers to Soria Moria today. Without the technology they are developing, we won’t meet our climate targets set in Paris,’ says Hans Jørgen Vinje, Head of the CLIMIT programme.

This year, CLIMIT will focus on its new programme plan and demonstrate how Norwegian and international research is helping to ensure that CCS can be used on a large scale and thus contribute to realising one of the most critical global climate initiatives. Norway is aiming to realise a full-scale CCS project by 2022, and is currently on track to be the first country to establish a full CCS value chain in Europe.

- ‘This has been made possible by long-term research and development work supported by CLIMIT. When CLIMIT was established in 2005, the goal was to develop better, more sustainable technology for the capture, transport and storage of CO2. The most mature technologies are now ready for use, but we still need to keep developing the technology to bring down the costs involved,’ says Vinje.

CLIMIT SUMMIT has become an important meeting place for professionals from the world over working on CCS. This year, CCS leaders from the American Department of Energy, the EU’s Zero Emission Platform and the EU’s ACT research programme have all chosen to come to Norway. 

This year’s programme will feature, amongst other things, presentations from CLIMIT’s project portfolio, which includes the companies Aker Solutions, GE, InflowControl, NORSAR and SINTEF. Almost 260 participants are expected at this year’s #SUMMIT2017, drawn from the worlds of research, industry and public bodies.

CCS is one of the three most important climate initiatives we know of, in addition to renewable energy and energy efficiency. According to International Energy Agency and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, CCS is absolutely essential if the climate goals agreed in Paris are to be reached.

About CLIMIT:
CLIMIT is the national programme for research, development and demonstration of CO2 management technology. The programme is a collaborative partnership between Gassnova and the Research Council of Norway.

The outlook for how CO2 management will be implemented globally and nationally has changed since the CLIMIT programme was established 12 years ago. The focus of the programme has changed from the promotion of CO2 capture solutions for gas-fired power plants towards capture solutions for other sources, such as industrial emissions. In 2016, the CLIMIT Secretariat developed a new programme plan that will focus research funding on the new reality. The programme plan was adopted in December 2016.

The programme plan designates three main focus areas going towards the year 2022:
• Early full-scale CO2 value chains in Europe
• Large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian continental shelf in the North Sea
• Future solutions for CO2 management

TCMs Managing Director Roy Vardheim will give a presentation tomorrow of the groundbreaking test results and exciting opportunities ahead atTechnology Centre Mongstad.

Publisert 3/7/2017

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