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Jonas Helseth is the Director of Bellona Europa, the EU policy office of the Bellona Foundation, and leads the foundation’s work on CCS. Bellona was the first environmental NGO worldwide to place CCS on the political agenda, more than two decades ago. Since, Bellona has developed into a knowledge base on CCS in Europe and beyond, and has published a wide range of technical and policy reports on the topic, including CCS deployment roadmaps for several EU countries. Bellona Europa works closely with the EU research community, relevant industries and EU policy makers to highlight the necessity of CCS as a key part of the climate technology portfolio.
Helseth joined Bellona in 2010, coming from a position as Advisor to the Mission of Norway to the EU on energy and transport policies. He holds several leadership positions within the EU Technology Platform for CCS (ZEP), including co-chairing the Network for Policy & Economics and the External Relations Group. Helseth has also lead ZEP’s work on CCS in Energy-Intensive Industries (steel, cement, chemicals and refineries) and Bio-CCS respectively, topics rapidly growing in political importance in Europe and globally. Moreover, he seats in the ETIP Bioenergy’s Steering Committee.