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CCS test facility in Oslo opened

ZERO congratulate the City of Oslo with the opening of the test facility for carbon capture and storage at the waste management and energy recovery plant at Klemetsrud.

Geir Lippestad, Lan Marie Nguyen Berg and Marianne Borgen at the opening of the test facility

Oslo Municipality has a stated philosophy that aims to contribute to a CO₂ capture and storage (CCS) project at the waste management and energy recovery plant at Klemetsrud. 
The total emissions from the Klemetsrud system represent in excess of 20 percent of the municipality's total greenhouse gas emissions. This is comparable to the annual emissions from about 120,000 cars.
If CO₂ emissions from the Klemetsrud plant can be reduced by 2020, this will be a significant contribution to Oslo's climate targets for 2030 and 2050. Also, it will be a significant contribution to the commitment of the Parliamentary climate agreement on a full scale plant for CO₂ capture by 2020. It can also be the world's first full-scale CO₂ capture associated with energy recovery. 
Capture of CO₂ emissions partly biological in origin means that CO₂ is taken out of circulation and the atmosphere, making it so-called carbon negative. There is broad consensus that carbon negative technology must be developed and used in this century to avoid dangerous climate change.  
The reporting regime for greenhouse gas emissions is such that CO₂ emissions associated with biomass is not counted on an equal footing with fossil CO₂ emissions. Nevertheless, all reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are equally valuable for the world's climate.
National authorities must now commit in order to ensure further development and realization of a full scale capture project at Klemetsrud. Funds must be granted in the state budget for the entire planning period of the three projects included in the national feasibility study, so that there will not be new periods of time lost due to anticipation of new political budgetary decision. The development of a CO2-storage site on the Norwegian shelf is of utter importance as well.

See more on the status of Norway CCS policy in the dedicated chapter in the report Closing the gap on climate: Why CCS is a vital part of the solution" by the ENGO Network on CCS, from December 2015


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