Brussels, 22 March 2021 – The Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP) welcomes a new member to the platform: Northern Lights JV DA, the transport and storage component of Norway’s Longship carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.

As the transport and storage component of the Longship project – which includes the capture of CO2 from industrial point sources in the Oslo region – Northern Lights ships CO2 to an onshore terminal on the Norwegian west coast and transports the liquefied CO2 by pipeline to a subsea storage location in the North Sea. It will also offer companies across Europe the opportunity to store their CO2 safely and permanently deep under the seabed in Norway. Joining ZEP’s Advisory Council as the representative of Northern Lights JV DA, is Kim Bye Bruun, Communications and Government Relations Director.

Dr Graeme Sweeney, Chairman of ZEP, remarked: “For the European Union to reach climate neutrality by 2050, the development of cross-border CO2 infrastructure is indispensable as it allows all CO2 emitters across the region to connect to safe, geological storage, enabling a cost-efficient transition to a climate-neutral economy. The establishment of the Northern Lights join venture marks a major milestone for both CCS development in Europe and industrial decarbonisation that will be key to reach the net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target.”

Kim Bye Bruun, Communications and Government Relations Director at Northern Lights JV DA, commented: “When Northern Lights begins operations in 2024, it will be the world’s first cross-border, open-source CO2 transport and storage infrastructure network. This endeavour will contribute a key first step to realising a European network for CO2 transport and storage, accelerating European industrial decarbonisation and tackling climate change. As a member of ZEP, we are looking forward to bringing our experience and expertise in CO2 transport and storage to the table and helping to facilitate the scale-up of a CO2 transport and storage network open to CO2 capture sites across Europe.”

ZEP supports the European Union’s commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050, defined as net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Working together with a broad, diverse membership base, ZEP aims to further support the development and deployment of CCS and CCU technologies in Europe.