Norway acknowledges the need to accelerate clean energy innovation to respond to our shared climate challenge. What is needed is a massive push for research, development, dissemination and deployment of clean energy technologies, but also cooperation between governments as well as governments and private investors.
As a country rich in energy resources and with a history of developing and using innovative energy technologies and solutions Norway is pleased to play a part in Mission Innovation. By 2020, Norway will seek to double the already considerable public resources devoted to developing and demonstrating clean energy technologies and solutions. This means increased efforts on renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage. Important stakeholders will be the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and our two state energy enterprises, Enova and Gassnova, as well as energy research institutions and the private sector.
Norway has always given high priority to the development, use and deployment of environmentally sound technologies. Mission Innovation will put the world on a faster route to the point where we can secure energy access for all, while at the same time curbing global emissions of greenhouse gases. Norway signed the launch statement for Mission Innovation in 2015 because we have a strong commitment to the ambitions in the statement.
In the two years since the launch in Paris our dedication to the ambitions in Mission Innovation has grown even stronger. We believe that innovations and technological breakthroughs will be vital to ensure that low carbon energy technologies will be viewed as the best choices when the energy demand grows in many parts of the world. But also in Norway, where we face big challenges concerning replacing old infrastructure and investments in new capacity, innovations and new technology are of great importance. We also believe that investments in the energy sector worldwide will represent some of the most interesting marked opportunities for Norwegian companies, and we want to be part of the global effort to find new and environmentally good solutions.
Norway was an active participant when the seven Innovation Challenges were launched in 2016, and have chosen to support all of them. We believe that each topic represents important challenges, and we want to mobilize Norwegian scientists to participate in the international cooperation that strives to find new solutions to these challenges.
We have, however, selected the following three challenges that we want to follow more closely than the rest of the challenges:
Challenge nr. 1 – Smart Grids Innovation Challenge
Challenge nr. 3 – Carbon Capture Innovation Challenge
Challenge nr. 4 – Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge
All three represent areas that have high priority in Norwegian R&D-strategies. Norway therefore wants to follow these challenges closely and contribute in the best way we can. In addition, Norway have taken a big interest in Challenge nr. 6, Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge, and plan to participate in the planned activities for this challenge.
Energi21 is the Norwegian strategy for research, development and commercialisation of new climate friendly energy technologies. Established in 2008 it focuses on how increased efforts in research and development and new technology can result in enhanced value creation and efficient use of energy resources in the sector.
Energi21 sets goals and advises on research and development of technology for renewables, energy efficiency, as well as carbon capture and storage (CCS). Commissioned by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE), the strategy has been developed by the industry, research institutions and relevant government bodies. Energi21 aims at contributing to a coordinated, efficient and goal-oriented focus on research and technology, with a strong commitment by the energy sector at its centre.
The government-appointed board of Energi21 is responsible for the follow-up of the strategy and gives advice to the MPE on research funding allocations. The board’s representation is dominated by the industry, but research institutes and authorities are also represented. The board’s revised strategy from September 2014 recommends more public funding for research, development and demonstration within six priority areas:
In these areas Norway enjoys competitive advantages, thanks to its natural energy resources, a strong technology and knowledge base and industry experience. http://www.energi21.no/prognett-energi21/Home_page/1253955410599
In the field of energy R&D, international cooperation is given high priority in Norway and it is an important supplement to national research efforts. Participation in international projects provides opportunities for building up professional expertise and gives scientific and financial support in solving important research tasks. International cooperation also provides a showcase for Norwegian technology and know-how suppliers.
In the energy field, Norway is primarily involved in cooperation under the EU system, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and at Nordic level. Norway is also involved in a number of bilateral (the US, Japan) and multilateral (CSLF, IPHE1) agreements.
1 CSLF – Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum; IPHE – International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy
The baseline is composed of relevant budgetary allocations for the fiscal years of 2013-2015, as defined by the Norwegian definition of clean energy RD&D, of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
Other Ministries may also have relevant budgetary allocations. These are not included in the MI baseline, nor will they be counted in as part of the target funding amount in 2020. The state budget is decided by the Norwegian parliament annually.
Research, development and demonstration in environmentally friendly technologies, including end-use energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric grid technologies, CO2 capture and storage and low-carbon transportation systems and fuels.
The Norwegian government have increased R&D-budgets for environmentally friendly energy solutions with more than 60 percent from the baseline-level. This means that Norway is well on track to fulfil the doubling ambition. One important reason for this is the strong support for technology within Carbon Capture and Storage – CCS, with the goal of realizing at least one full-scale demonstration project for carbon capture and storage by 2022. But also the regular budgets for energy R&DD have been increased by more than 60 per cent.
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Indicators are for key areas of Mission Innovation R&D investment but do not imply a comprehensive representation of a country’s full R&D portfolio.