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France strikes CO2 storage deal with Denmark

(EurActiv, 4 Mar 2024) France signed a bilateral agreement with Denmark on Monday (4 March) for carbon transport and storage, with more deals potentially yet to come, as part of efforts to meet its domestic carbon targets.

To meet the European target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, “it will be necessary to use carbon capture for technologies […] for which there is no low-carbon alternative”, the cabinet of Roland Lescure, minister for industry and energy, said on Monday.

The transport project will be carried out via a branch of the Dartagnan carboduc (carbon pipeline) developed by the French gas transporter GRTgaz, which will transfer gas from the French to Norwegian coast, passing through Dutch and Belgian ports.

However, the first capacities sent to Denmark could be by boat, not by this pipeline, according to Lescure’s office.

Today’s signature “will make it possible, in practical legal terms, to export CO2 from France to Denmark as early as this year”, Lescure’s office said. The agreement was struck on the sidelines of a meeting of EU energy ministers, composed of two documents.

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EurActiv, 4 Mar 2024: France strikes CO2 storage deal with Denmark