It is essential for life on our planet to keep global warming at, or preferably below, 1.5 degrees Celsius. To succeed in this, the UN Climate Panel recognise Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a necessary measure. Although CCS comes with a lot of possibilities there are also some challenges that need to be addressed. The techniques for capturing and storing are still under development and the main task is to make them both scalable and cost-efficient.
“Another challenge is the infrastructure needed. There is no point capturing carbon dioxide from flue gasses if there is no infrastructure for transportation to final storage. This is why the project CNetSS is so important and why we at Höganäs are excited to be a part of it,” says Magnus Pettersson, Energy Coordinator at Höganäs.
Together with nine other actors, such as Copenhagen Malmö Port, E.ON, Kemira, Kraftringen, Nordion Energi, Stora Enso, Sysav and Öresundskraft, Höganäs is partaking in the project CNetSS, which aims to create sustainable and cost-effective solutions for carbon dioxide infrastructure in southern Sweden. The project is led by Växjö Energi and supported by the Swedish Energy Agency with approximately SEK 2.5 million. Several of the participating companies have already scheduled plans to capture carbon dioxide.
“CNetSS is a very exciting project since the carbon capture and storage infrastructure we are looking to create is essential for Höganäs to reach net-zero emission targets. Höganäs works to primarily reduce its fossil emissions, but some emissions may be difficult to remove completely, and in that case CCS may become a partial solution in the future,” says Magnus Pettersson.
CNetSS began in September 2022 and will continue until December 2023. In its motivation, the Energy Agency highlighted the project being an important step towards realising the benefits of bio-CCS (biogenic Carbon Capture and Storage). The potential for negative emissions (meaning a positive climate contribution) is also estimated to increase further in line with the transition from fossil fuels to renewable fuels.