Closer cooperation between Norway and Switzerland on CCS

Source: press release, 25 November 2022

Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Aasland, and the Swiss Minister of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Simonetta Sommaruga, at a virtual meeting during a stakeholder event in Oslo, 25 November
Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Aasland, and the Swiss Minister of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Simonetta Sommaruga, at a virtual meeting during a stakeholder event in Oslo, 25 November (photo: OED/Stine Grimsrud)

Norway and Switzerland will strengthen cooperation on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon dioxide removal (CDR). This is clear following the meeting between the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Terje Aasland, and the Swiss Minister of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, Simonetta Sommaruga.

“For CCS to succeed, cooperation across borders is vital. CCS is a key priority for the Norwegian government and has broad political support in Parliament. Longship is a game changer for CCS in Europe and Norway has extensive storage potential. This stakeholder event provides an arena for Norwegian and Swiss actors to come together, share experiences and connect. It is great to see so many important stakeholders engaged in these technologies that will help us ensure a just transition to net zero,” says Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Aasland.

The Governments of Norway and Switzerland are exploring bilateral cooperation on CCS and CDR. The aim of the stakeholder event is to enhance the understanding between relevant stakeholders in Norway and Switzerland on potential CCS and/or CDR activities.

“Carbon Capture and Storage and Carbon Dioxide Removals are important contributions to climate protection and an opportunity for business and research. CCS should be used where greenhouse gas emissions are difficult to reduce and must not lead us to slacken in our primary goal of rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. I thank all those who are committed to these technologies, especially Norway. I am pleased that our two countries are joining forces in this field and are moving forward together to accelerate cross border cooperation in CCS and CDR,” says Minister of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications Simonetta Sommaruga.

Norway and Switzerland will strengthen their cooperation on CCS and CDR to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions, respectively. An objective of a strengthened cooperation is to promote mutually beneficial cooperation on the development and deployment of CCS and CDR, and further explore other relevant green transition topics for bilateral cooperation.

As part of the dialogue, the two Governments are discussing how to enable cross border market development for CCS and CDR.