CLIMIT's main goal is to accelerate commercialisation of CCS through financial stimulation of research, development and demonstration. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy established CLIMIT in 2005 to support development of technology for CCS for gas power plants. In 2008, the subsidy scheme was expanded to power production based on all fossil fuels, and industry emissions were also included in 2010.
The programme is a collaboration between Gassnova and the Research Council of Norway. CLIMIT comprises the Research Council of Norway's subsidy scheme for research and development (the research part), and Gassnova's support for development and demonstration (the demo part). Gassnova has the overall responsibility and heads the programme secretariat.
The efforts in CLIMIT must be seen in context with the Norwegian authorities' ambitious climate targets, which have entailed considerable efforts in CCS.