Norway Youth Parties demand full-scale CO2 storage

Aug 15 2019

The nine Youth Parties have agreed a common position that the government realize a CO2 capture and storage project as soon as possible.

The head of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) and the head of the Federation of Norwegian Workers (LO) joiedn the team to push the government to progress in its efforts to put in place capture and storage of CO2 (CCS).

"We have gathered a few times before, including with the request that everyone vote. But this is the first time all nine youth organizations have a common climate requirement," says Labor Youth Party leader Ina Libak.

The NHO boss made clear demands:

"When the country's young people gather like this, and the LO and NHO give them full support, then it's time for politicians to take the signal. We demand progress in the process of establishing a system for capturing, transporting and storing CO2," says Ole Erik Almlid, head of the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry (NHO).

"After a somewhat slow start, the government came up with money in a revised budget this spring so that the pilot projects in Brevik and waste incineration Klemetsrud can be realized and NOK 345 million for a test well for storage in the North Sea."

"It's good, but it's just the pilots. This is going to be expensive, but it will be more expensive not to do it. They must deliver to get to transport and not just storage in the North Sea," says Almlid.

The estimate for establishing facilities to capture CO2 at the two plants in Oslo and Brevik, as well as storage in the North Sea, is NOK 15 billion.

"We expect an investment decision next year and at the latest before the elections in 2021," says the NHO chief.

Young Right and R&D push their own government

1st Deputy Chairman Daniel Skjevik-Aasberg in the Youth Conservative party is very clear:

"We expect the government to follow up with more money and realize the plans for full-scale CO2 storage - as they have promised. We have had enough of crash landings with ambitious CCS projects, now it is time to land it properly," says Skjevik-Aasberg.

The youh in the Progressive party will also join the climate team.

"I have faith in CO2 capture and storage as both an important climate measure, but also as a measure to secure tomorrow's jobs. If we get a commercial solution in place, it will mean a lot for both climate and Norwegian jobs," says chairman Bjørn-Kristian Svendsrud in the Progressive Party's Youth.

He says it is a good start that the government has raised money for an exploration well on the continental shelf.

"I think it is absolutely crucial to get CCS in place. It is not just about cutting the emissions, we also have to clean it up. We simply have to pay for old sins. It must appear in the state budget this fall," says Christian Youth Party KrFU head Martine Tønnessen.

Leader Ada Johanna Arnstad of the Center Youth says Norway needs political climate change.

"Small, low-impact measures, such as a slight increase in fuel tax, are getting a lot of attention in the climate debate, while the big promises are too rarely confronted by the parent parties. They should take the signal when all the youth parties come together about this measure," she says.

AUF leader Ina Libak says it is urgent.

"Norway may become a world leader in carbon capture and storage due to its expertise in the oil and gas sector, but then we must speed up. At the moment, this is not enough, we at AUF think we must use public investment to get started," says Libak.

"We must shut down the oil industry and cut all Norwegian emissions, but at the same time we must contribute to technology to extract CO2 from the atmosphere so that we can limit global warming down to 1.5 degrees," says Sondre Hansmark of Young Left.

"CCS must be in place, but it must not be a reason for the fossil industry to continue business as usual. Extraction of fossil energy such as oil and gas must be discontinued by 2030," says Andreas Sjalg Unneland in Socialist Youth.

"It is incredibly important to get CCS in place. The state must take responsibility and provide funding," says Tobias Drevland Lund in Red Youth.

LO leader Hans-Christian Gabrielsen says CCS can be a great industry for Norway:

"It can be built on the shoulders of today's oil industry. One thing is new jobs and new industries in a climate-friendly future. But we must also ensure that existing jobs are secured and restructured."

"We are talking here about 30-40,000 new jobs, and that we can secure 80-90,000 existing jobs, with the strength of the ripple effects; up to 200,000. This will be a very important restructuring industry," says the LO manager.

NHO boss Almlid says CCS is needed to reach the Climate goals

-"The UN Climate Panel's 1.5-degree report documents that we need CCS if we are to manage to reduce global emissions by fifty percent by 2030, and come down to zero in 2050. CCS is potentially Norway's most important contribution to the global and European climate agenda: We can offer what Europe lacks - a storage for CO2, and technology for CO2 capture."

Here are Norway's plans

Norway's CCS plans look like this:

Originally, three relevant projects in Norway were considered, but in 2018 the project was dropped at Yara's facility in Herøya.

Two pilot projects that can end up at full scale now remain: the waste facility at Klemetsrud in Oslo and Norcem's cement plant in Brevik.

The companies Equinor, Shell and Total are working on transport and storage of CO2 in a Norwegian full-scale project. The three companies themselves pay large portions of the costs for the pre-planning, but got NOK 345 million in the revised budget to drill an exploration well in the North Sea, where CO2 can be stored where oil and gas were previously stored.

"We believe it is natural for the state to take primary responsibility for the costs of building the infrastructure that allows the CO2 to be transported and stored. There is a long tradition in Norway for that: The state takes the cost of the water and electricity infrastructure and it is natural for this to happen in this area as well, says the head of LO.

The Minister of Petroleum and Energy believes in a new Norwegian industrial adventure

Minister of Petroleum and Energy Kjell-Børge Freiberg (Frp) likes the young initiative and says they plan to deliver next fall.

"I understand the impatience, and we are impatient as well. But the lessons of the CCS work so far is that you cannot just decide for it to succeed, it must be created. We do this with the industry, We do this with the industry, by laying stone on stone. Projects of this magnitude must be quality assured," he says.

"But we want to succeed. I both hope and believe that we can create a new Norwegian industrial adventure."

He was asked if the cost is estimated at NOK15 billion, what percentage are you willing to pay?

"We are negotiating this with the industry. This distribution will be part of the decision-making basis, which we hope we can deliver to the Storting in the autumn of 2020. We are also in dialogue with the EU, which has shown a strong increase in interest and who initiated a CCS meeting in Oslo in September."


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