Tuesday, November 30

That is why “everyone” is talking about ships on ammonia

Nicolai Grieg will win the race to build the world’s first ammonia ship.

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1. Companies are still bad at climate cuts

Farming companies are both the best and the worst at cutting emissions.

After several hours of overtime with intense negotiations, almost 200 countries agreed on a new climate agreement at the Glasgow summit. The countries are encouraged to sharpen their own climate goals as early as next year. The hope is that it will make it possible to achieve the very ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, which was adopted in the Paris Agreement.

SV and MDG have argued that Norway’s climate goals must be tightened already now, just after the climate summit is over. SV wants, among other things, one new fee of NOK 21 billion for the oil industry. It should be able to free up large sums of money for investing in green industry at sea, the party tells VG.

A recent report shows that the business community is not close to cutting enough climate emissions to achieve its political ambitions. An overview prepared by the auditing company PWC shows that none of the 50 largest companies in Western Norway reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. Earlier this autumn, the company presented a national overview which showed that only four of the 100 largest companies in Norway had large enough climate cuts.

Castles in the air or reality? The new government has also been criticized for doing too little to reduce emissions. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor Party) has promised an extra billion for climate measures. However, the environmental organization Zero says that the government is cutting almost as much in important climate measures, so that almost the entire billion is zeroed out.

2. Carbon capture in Oslo does not receive EU support

Fortum’s incineration plant at Klemetsrud.

Many were disappointed when it became known that Fortum does not receive support from the EU for CO₂ capture at Klemetsrud in Oslo. The project is estimated to cost a staggering NOK 6.9 billion, and the government has promised to contribute NOK 3 billion. However, this presupposes that Fortum itself is able to put in place the rest of the financing itself. The company will cover NOK 800 million, and applied for NOK 1.88 billion from the EU.

The environmental organizations Bellona and Zero are asking the state to open their wallets to save the carbon capture project. SV does the same. However, the FRP is critical and says the government should immediately abandon plans to spend billions of taxpayers’ money on Klemetsrud.

Green money bag: Even if carbon capture in Oslo did not receive support, the distribution of almost 11 billion from the EU’s innovation fund will still have positive ripple effects for Norway. Several other European projects received support for carbon capture, and plan to send the greenhouse gas for permanent storage at Northern Lights, which will be built under the seabed in the North Sea.

He wants to build the world’s first ammonia ship

Grieg Chief Edge Nicolai Grieg.

The company Grieg Edge will be the first in the world with a ship that will use ammonia as fuel.

They are now planning to build the ship MS «Green Ammonia», which will not only run on ammonia but also transport it. The plan is for the tanker to transport ammonia to Svalbard from a production facility in Berlevåg in Finnmark. The ship will also deliver the ammonia directly to other ships. Already in 2024, the MS «Green Ammonia» will be launched.

In the search for emission-free fuel for the shipping industry, ammonia has become the really big talking point. The offshore shipping company Eidesvik at Bømlo is also working on several ammonia projects. With ammonia as fuel, the ships will be able to sail without emissions.

Get wiser: Battery, hydrogen or ammonia? It is not easy to keep track of the new types of green fuel. Here are seven questions and answers that will make you a little wiser.

4. Refurbishes with reuse

Anja Schmidt has led the renovation with reuse.

Every year, more than 22,000 buildings are demolished in Norway. It produces large greenhouse gas emissions and high resource consumption. The EU wants 70 percent of all construction waste to be recycled, and the construction industry to become more circular.

In Fyllingsdalen in Bergen, an office building is being refurbished with almost only recycled materials. Instead of refurbishing to almost 200 million kroner, homeowner Angarde chose to find new life for as much old as possible.

Together with the contractor Klimabygg, they have had to think creatively in a completely new way, marketing manager Anja Schmidt told me when I visited the building earlier this autumn. An old floor from a law firm, for example, has been given new life as a reception. And in the storage room, two street artists have been given free rein to make their mark on the building.

That is why it is important: Construction accounts for about 40 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to Zero.

That is why we are writing about the green shift

For Norway to achieve the goal of becoming a low-emission society, where economic growth and development must take place within nature’s tolerable limits, society as a whole must undergo an enormous transformation. The business community is an important driving force in this development, which after all sun marks will accelerate in the future.

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