Höganäs joins new Swedish carbon capture and storage project


Höganäs, which is 50 percent owned by Lindéngruppen, has joined CNetSS (Carbon Network South Sweden) to develop regional solutions for the capture, transport and permanent storage of carbon dioxide.

Photo of Magnus Pettersson, Energy Coordinator at Höganäs
Photo of Magnus Pettersson, Energy Coordinator at Höganäs.

The project will help create sustainable and cost-effective solutions for carbon dioxide infrastructure in southern Sweden. The Swedish Energy Agency is supporting the project with approximately SEK 2.5 million.

“CNetSS is a very exciting project because the carbon capture and storage infrastructure we are looking to create is essential for Höganäs to achieve net-zero climate impact,” says Magnus Pettersson, Energy Coordinator at Höganäs. “Höganäs works to primarily reduce its fossil emissions, but some emissions may be difficult to remove completely, and in that case CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) may become a partial solution in the future.”

The UN climate panel has singled out CCS as a necessary measure to reach climate goals.

Collaborating on carbon capture

In addition to Höganäs, nine other actors are included in the project: Copenhagen Malmö Port, E.ON, Kemira, Kraftringen, Nordion Energi, Stora Enso, Sysav and Öresundskraft. The project is led by Växjö Energi. Several of the companies have already scheduled plans to capture carbon dioxide.

“We represent different parts of the infrastructure value chain – capturers of carbon dioxide, logistics companies, port operators and more,” says Sofie Rothén, Project Manager Växjö Energi. “Together, we have the potential to separate and store over two million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Through collaboration, we want to make the value chain to final storage as sustainable and cost-effective as possible.”

Government support

The project is aligned with the Swedish government’s long-term work to combat climate change and has been granted financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency.

“It is positive that so many actors are collaborating to create good conditions for the infrastructure and a value chain for the capture and storage of carbon dioxide,” says Isabella Gustafsson Ismodes, administrator at the Swedish Energy Agency. “Through cooperation, the cost of the entire value chain can be reduced.”

CNetSS began in September 2022 and will continue until December 2023. In its motivation, the Energy Agency highlighted that the project is an important step towards realising the benefits of bio-CCS (biogen Carbon Capture and Storage). The potential for negative emissions (meaning a positive climate contribution) is also estimated to increase further in line with the transition from fossil fuels to renewable fuels. A total of SEK 2,495,300 has been granted from the Energy Agency.

Read more about Höganäs here.