Some of our current projects are: NEGEM, The Database for Zero Emission Construction Machinery, The Sahara Forest Project and The Ocean Forest.
COP27 this November is about collaboration, accelerating and scaling up climate solutions that are critical to keeping the 1.5-degree target alive. Many solutions are available but not yet moving the needle. At our pavilion in Sharm El-Sheik, the emphasis is on accelerating the development of climate solutions and scaling up rapidly.
NEGEM is an European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement started on 1st June 2020, lasting until 31st May 2024. A team of scientists and climate experts from leading international organizations, grouped under the new Horizon 2020 project NEGEM, will quantify and assess the feasibility and the realistic potential of carbon dioxide removal, as a complementary strategy to emissions mitigation. The project will study Negative Emission Technologies and Practices (NETPs), a portfolio of mechanisms to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and to permanently store it on land, underground, or in the oceans.
As part of the ongoing revision of the Trans-European Energy (TEN-E) & Transport (TEN-T) Infrastructure Regulation guidelines, Bellona Europa has put together a campaign alongside Clean Air Task Force (CATF) to raise important points and issues on the current proposals from the European Commission. Europe needs modern, clean, secure and smart energy infrastructure to deliver the green deal. The revision of TEN-E & TEN-T aims to ensure EU energy and transport infrastructure policy is consistent and aligned with the climate neutrality objective of the European Green Deal.
Database: Zero Emission Construction Equipment
Electric construction machinery has a lot of benefits including GHG emission reduction, no direct air pollution, less noise pollution and lower running costs. Bellona has taken up the task of developing a database which combines all the available electric construction machinery and the equipment which can help eliminate emissions and reduce noise from the site.
Sahara Forest Project
The Sahara Forest Project AS aims to create innovative environmental solutions to food, water and energy shortages in desert conditions. The company’s technologies are creating arable land in some of the world’s hottest places. The Bellona Foundation holds shares in the SFP.
The Ocean Forest Project is a partnership between the Bellona Foundation and the Lerøy group. It aims to develop and establish new forms of biomass production tied to aquaculture, while at the same time finding solutions to the environmental impacts of aquaculture industry such as fish farming. The company will cooperate with a wide specter of researchers and technology providers to reduce the costs of biomass production at sea, as well as to develop products for food, feed, energy and raw materials for industry and agriculture.
Clean Hull Initiative
The Clean Hull Initiative (CHI) aims to develop and work towards implementation of an industry-wide recognized and accepted standard for proactive hull cleaning in international shipping. Biofouling on ship’s hulls pose a risk to the environment. Not only does biofouling serve as a vector for the spread of aquatic invasive species, it also increases the hull resistance and decreases the propeller efficiency, leading to higher fuel consumption and increased air emissions.