Ever closer to the target
Now we can benefit from this persistence. Both the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the UN Climate Panel state in clear text that the world cannot achieve the two-degree target unless we implement technology to capture, transport and store CO2 on a large scale. During the climate summit in Paris in 2015, 195 countries agreed to cut emissions, but few countries thought that the agreement would enter into force before 2020. Surprisingly, enough countries ratified the agreement so that it could already enter into force in November 2016.
Therefore, the interest in CO2 management is increasing. Several international research projects have started up, and thanks to our long-term strategy, Norway and CLIMIT are suitable partners in many contexts. In 2016, CLIMIT researchers entered into cooperation with research communities in both the USA and Australia. In addition, there was the start-up of the joint European research programme ACT – Accelerating CCS Technologies – in which Norway will contribute funds through CLIMIT. Several Norwegian actors are well-represented in the joint European projects, which are now in the process of receiving funds from ACT.
The year 2016 has also been a year for planning the road ahead. Work on a new programme plan for the coming five years has been one of the main tasks for the Programme Committee for the year that passed. While the focus was previously on basic research and the development of technology, we are now focusing on demonstrating the entire value chain of full-scale capture, transport and storage of CO2. CLIMIT shall contribute to ensuring that CO2 management receives the necessary attention nationally and internationally through cooperation between research and industry.