Research for a zero-emissions future

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The SINTEF Global Climate Fund will fund research into high-potential climate-positive solutions that will result in the net removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

The challenge:

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No clear ownership for historical emissions​

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No UN agreements on offset markets

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Limited research to find solutions

A market is, however, emerging

To be able to keep the 1.5 degrees target alive, we need net zero emissions by 2050. To achieve net zero, we must not only cut emissions, but also actively remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere at a massive scale. This can be done through climate-positive solutions. The SINTEF Global Climate Fund will finance research into such solutions.

Climate-positive solutions

Technological solutions that allow us to actively remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere are called climate-positive solutions. The SINTEF Climate Fund aims at funding research on these solutions.

Illustration showing a variety of climate-positive solutions that can actively remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
There are a variety of ways to actively remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere – Illustration: SINTEF

Current projects

eCDR: removing other GHGs

Other greenhouse gases than CO₂ account for 28% of man-made emissions – of these, methane and nitrous oxide are the most critical – and their concentration in the atmosphere is increasing steadily. The eCDR project looks at ways of removing other gases than CO₂ from the atmosphere.

SeaweedCDR

Seaweed grows rapidly and is very efficient at capturing CO₂ from the ocean. According to current estimations, cultivating kelp over an area of 1,400km2 could yield annually as much as 20 million tonnes, capturing 4 million tonnes of CO₂ from the sea in the process.