What is INNO-CCUS?
The INNO-CCUS Partnership was established as a means to secure a significant contribution to achieving the Danish government’s climate goals on CO2 reduction, through CCUS solutions.
We are a mission-driven public-private partnership with the ambition to achieve a fundamental change in the way we view, value, and use carbon resources to enable a complete shift of the current system from fossil-based to biogenic carbon sources.
INNO-CCUS is one of four mission-driven green research and innovation partnerships that will make a significant contribution to the green transformation of society and the development of sustainable climate technologies for the benefit of Denmark and the rest of the world. The four partnerships are supported by Innovation Fund Denmark.
Innovation and collaboration to accelerate the green transition
INNO-CCUS promotes technologies that capture, store and use CO2 so that we can reach Denmark’s climate goals
It’s no secret that we are in a hurry when it comes to bringing the green transition up to speed. It is also not new that Denmark’s path to meeting the climate goals depends on our ability to reduce the CO2 that is already in the air around us. On the other hand, it may come as a surprise that many of the technologies that will get us to the finish line actually already exist. They are just not scalable, and therefore not financially sustainable either. Yet. We need to think new.
This is what INNO-CCUS was created for. As one of the state’s four green mission-driven partnerships, we bring together more than 60 partners across research and companies in the CCUS field.
We support the development of technologies that capture, store and use CO2, so that we can achieve Denmark’s climate goals – efficiently, scalable and financially sustainable. In the long term, we can even help turn CO2 into a resource instead of a problem.
The pieces are all there. Both in the form of technology, knowledge, people and companies that together can pave the way for a CO2-neutral Denmark in 2045. There is much we are still exploring, but we know two things for sure: We will not reach Denmark’s climate goals without INNO-CCUS’s partners. And the good long-term solutions will never come to scale or speed if we don’t work together.
Key deliveries in the roadmap
- Crucial contributions to the goal of 70% CO2-reduction by 2030, carbon neutrality by 2050, and long-term negative emissions beyond 2050, while still ensuring the necessary carbon supply to society. The technical potential in 2030 is up to 7-15 Mt CO2 captured per year in 2030 (50-80% of the emission gap to reach the 70% target) and in 2050 up to 6 ton CO2 can be captured and supplied to the production of green fuels and products.
- Technologies, tools and pathways to limit emissions to the atmosphere in both short and long term by gradual, but fast, switching from the current fossil-based carbon supply to a green supply based on the atmosphere to deliver the carbon needed in the society, combining permanent storage and smart utilisation of carbon resources.
- Multiple green pathways for carbon from the natural carbon cycle to enter the societal carbon use through a combination of large, small and scalable innovative solutions and the build-up of new technologies and companies with a significant national and international business potential.
- Outlines and timelines of the research and development needed for the individual technologies, as well as the systems integration based on existing knowledge, Danish strongholds and strong partnerships between universities, technological service providers, large and small companies, and societal stakeholders.
- Awareness and solutions to urgent societal readiness steps needed at the legal, regulating, economic and political level as well as externalities necessary to implement the changes without compromising key sustainability, environmental, biodiversity and human conditions. This includes an overall systemic view and collaboration with land aspects, as priorities of “land” for food, fibre, CCS, biodiversity etc. is likely going to become a constraint.