Net Zero is not enough

Technologies for greenhouse gas removal

The SINTEF Global Climate Fund finances research and development of technologies to remove greenhouse gases from the air and oceans. Greenhouse gas removal is crucial to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, and there is an urgent need for new solutions.

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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 air and oceans at a massive scale. The SINTEF Global Climate Fund finances research into future solutions for emissions removal. The fund achieved a rating of Dark Green in CICEROs shades of green framework.

SINTEF invites pioneering businesses, organisations and philantropists around the world to join the fund and take part in an extraordinary race to remove historic emissions and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Solutions for greenhouse gas removal

There are a variety of ways to actively remove greenhouse gas emissions from our environment. Solutions already exist, but the majority of the necessary technologies have yet to be invented. At SINTEF, world-class scientists are working on the breakthroughs the world needs. We have extensive experience in scaling up our inventions and achieving commercial success. With the Global Climate Fund, we will contribute to finding new solutions to remove historical emissions, a research area that is seriously underfunded.

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

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.