Contributions to Decarbonising German and European Industries

Factories along the Rhine river at sunset in Dusseldorf, Germany
Factories along the Rhine river at sunset in Dusseldorf, Germany
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June 12, 2019


Düsseldorf, Germany

Factories along the Rhine river at sunset in Germany Factories along the Rhine river at sunset in Dusseldorf, Germany Credit: thinkstock

How can German and European industry become compatible with a net zero emission society? What technologies and policies are needed? What kind of infrastructure is necessary? Which EU funding is available? How can we ensure a just transition of energy intensive industries, protecting jobs and the economy?


The Northern Light CO2 storage project, HeidelbergCement and Fortum – with support of the Bellona Foundation – invite industry, decision makers, unions and other stakeholders for an update on the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe. This seminar will discuss the current challenges, milestones and potential for a greener industry in Europe.


Venue: European Cement Research Academy /ECRA)/ Verein Deutscher Zementwerke (VDZ), Tannenstrasse 2, 40476 Düsseldorf

Date & Time: June 12, 2019; from 10:30 – 16:00, including lunch

Language: The seminar will be held in English


Please register your participation here.



The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states in their latest 1.5-degree report that CCS is necessary to meet the goals in the Paris agreement. CCS is therefore an important foundation for future sustainable industry growth in Europe. Speakers will present background and reasoning for CCS, present a status on current European projects and pilots as well as financing and the politics concerning CCS.

(Timing is subject to adjustments)
10:00 – 10:30 Arrival, registration and coffee
10:30 – 11:50 Approaches to decarbonisation 

  • Dr. Martin Schneider, Chief Executive, VDZ
  • Rikard Gaarder Knutsen, State Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Norway
  • Dr Lukas John, project manager, IN4Climate. NRW 
  • Guido Nelissen, Senior Policy Adviser, IndustriAll European Trade Union
  • Are Tomasgard, Confederal Secretary, Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO)
  • Dr. Joachim Hein (tbc), Senior Manager Energy and Climate, BDI – Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie

11:50 – 12:35 Lunch
12:35 – 13:35 Carbon capture and storage – how and why?

  • Frank Peter, Deputy Executive Director, Agora Energiewende
  • Eirik Folkvord Tandberg, Managing Director, Fortum Oslo Varme
  • Per Sandberg, Senior Advisor, Business Development, Equinor/Northern Lights CO2 project
  • Stuart Haszeldine, Professor of Carbon Capture and Storage, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh

13:35 – 13:55 Coffee break
13:55 – 16:00 Projects and funding

  • Jan Theulen, Group Director Alternative Resources, HeidelbergCement
  • Per Ytterberg, Head of System Development, Stockholm Exergi
  • Christian Holzleitner, Head of Unit, Land Use and Finance for Innovation, The EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action
  • Alexander Schenk, Head of Office, Stockholm, European Investment bank
  • Panel discussion, moderated by Olav Øye, CCS Advisor, Bellona

For further information, please contact Rune Sjøhelle, Senior Advisor at Fo°tprint. Communications: rks@footprint.no