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Three pieces of advice for a sustainable green transition in the North Sea

ARENDAL – The North Sea should play a central role in the green transition, according to a new report prepared by four large Norwegian research centres (three of them led by SINTEF). The document was presented this week at Arendalsuka, an important stage for societal debate in Norway.

Johan Hustad, Director of NTNU Energy, and Nils Røkke, Executive Vice President Sustainability - SINTEF

The report was prepared by SINTEF and NTNU and highlights the potential of the North Sea for the decarbonisation of the economy. It underlines the importance of large-scale carbon capture and storage to reach emission reduction targets, and advocates a stronger focus on these technologies. The report also outlines how the North Sea can be home to offshore wind, zero-carbon fuels production and distribution and an international network of subsea cables – which can together pave the way for a zero-carbon economy in Norway and Europe.

Report authors explain that Norway has a knowledge lead in these sectors, which can be preserved through additional research and development. They also point out that any project in the North Sea should be carried out in an environmentally sustainable way.

A debate took place immediately following the presentation at Arendalsuka, with three main points being discussed:

  • Ensuring sustainable development of the North Sea area
  • Facilitating CO2 storage equivalent to hundreds of "Longship projects" by 2050
  • Maintaining the knowledge lead

The report was made by four research centres led by SINTEF and NTNU: NCCS (SINTEF – carbon capture and storage), NorthWind (SINTEF – wind energy technology), NTRANS (NTNU – energy transition strategies) and LowEmission (SINTEF – emissions reduction in the oil and gas industry), and.
You can download the document here (report in Norwegian): http://www.sintef.no/globalassets/sintef-energi/arendalsuka/arendal_2021_sintef_lr.pdf

 

Published 20 August 2021
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