Message from the Chair

The 2015 Paris Agreement requests each ­country to outline and communicate their post-2020 climate actions, known as their nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

Together, these climate actions determine whether the world achieves the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and reaches global capping of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible. The EU plays an important role as a global leader in climate policy, and the Green Deal comes at a crucial point in time and intensifies efforts to mitigate climate change and increase energy security. 

Norway is a large exporter of oil and gas and a major energy supplier to the EU. We have just (2020) updated our NDC and by this submission have pledged to reduce emissions by at least 50 per cent and towards 55 per cent compared to 1990 levels by 2030. The oil and gas industry is responsible for about 25% of the Norwegian GHG emissions and it is thus essential that the industry takes its share of the emission cuts to reach Norway’s 2030 target, and the Low ­Emission Center has a very important role to play in this respect.

The timeframe (2019-2026) and objectives of the PETROSENTER Low Emission are very well aligned with the Norwegian 2030 target and the research will span from reducing the ­offshore energy consumption to limiting, or even ­removing, the CO2 emissions from the heat and power generation.

I am very proud to be part of this PETROSENTER and look forward to working with this large group of oil and gas operators, suppliers and ­research organizations to develop and implement ­technology solutions that will have a real impact on offshore GHG emissions.

Hege Rognø
Chair of the Board, LowEmission