The launch of the Norwegian Longship project for carbon capture and storage (CCS) has aroused widespread interest in Europe. Norway’s goal is to provide a European infrastructure for CCS.
Offshore wind power is another area that stands out as a good candidate for future cooperation with the EU, and where Norwegian companies can provide a wide range of expertise.
‘We are pleased that the EU has shown such great interest in our Longship project, which is now fully underway. Close European cooperation on CCS is vital for this climate technology is to become an international success. We must therefore make it clear to our European neighbours that the carbon storage facility on the Norwegian continental shelf also holds potential for European industry. We have also noted that the EU is showing great interest in offshore wind power, especially floating wind farms, and is following developments in Norway closely. These are good examples of the impact that the green transition in progress here in Norway is having outside our borders,’ said Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru.
Norway and the EU share common interests in the maritime sector and green shipping. This sector is an important driver of technological innovation, including electric ferries, which are being tested in Norwegian fjords.
‘The experience of the Norwegian transport sector may be relevant for other countries. Many cities have improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions as a result of stricter emission requirements for vehicles. We believe that European countries will be best served by the strictest possible EU-wide emission requirements for vehicles. Norway, with its mountainous terrain and harsh weather conditions, can also be a suitable arena for testing new technology, such as electric aircraft. The Norwegian transport sector is ready to learn from other countries, and also to share its knowledge and expertise for use in Europe’s Green Deal,’ said Minister of Transport Knut Arild Hareide.
Norway and the EU agree on the need to mobilise climate finance to ensure a higher level of global ambition for emission cuts. Both parties will continue their efforts to promote greater global ambition in areas such as biodiversity, chemicals and waste, reducing deforestation and reducing marine plastic litter.
The EU and Norway cooperate closely through the EEA Agreement, which will include large parts of the proposed legislation under Europe’s Green Deal. Norway and the EU also have a close climate partnership under the 2019 agreement on achieving the 2030 climate target.