Norway fights for right to fund carbon capture

Energy minister wants to ensure new EU state aid guidelines and framework directive do not block CCS development

Norway is seeking EU assurances that it can fund national carbon capture projects without falling foul of state aid rules. The government says its investment is essential to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) across Europe, not only in Norway.

Norway wants to become a leader in CCS (EED 05/10/07). Energy minister Åslaug Haga has made several trips to Brussels to bolster support for CCS as a climate measure and to convince the European commission and the European free trade association's surveillance authority, ESA, that state funding for research projects is justified.

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