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Five European countries open their doors to cross-border CO2 storage

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🗞️ Driving the news: Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Sweden have formed agreements to facilitate cross-border transport and storage of captured CO2, enhancing Europe's carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure
• These arrangements will remove obstacles and bolster a functioning CCS market across the North Sea region

🔭 The context: The collaboration follows the EU's increasing focus on CCS as a critical tool for achieving climate neutrality
• Norway, with its extensive CO2 storage capacity, is central to these agreements, offering its depleted oil and gas fields for CO2 storage from other European countries

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: These agreements are pivotal for Europe's climate strategy, promoting the adoption of CCS technologies
• This approach is essential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from sectors where emissions are difficult to eliminate

⏭️ What's next: The operational phase of these agreements, including the Northern Lights project part of Norway's Longship CCS project, is imminent
• These developments signify major strides towards an integrated European CCS network, crucial for meeting EU-wide climate goals

💬 One quote: "Norway has great potential to store CO2 and I am pleased that other countries will store CO2 in Norwegian storage sites, the climate challenge transcends borders, and it is crucial that we put in place solutions for transportation of CO2 across national borders," stated Terje Aasland, Norway’s Minister of Energy

📈 One stat: Phase 1 of the Northern Lights project has a capacity to inject up to 1.5 million tons of CO2 per year

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