ACT stands for “Accelerating CCS technologies” and is a platform where industry stakeholders from across a number of countries issue joint calls to tender. 39 projects have been supported since its inception in 2016, receiving EUR 108 million in public support. You can read more about ACT’s impact here.
Inaugural CLIMIT Award
The CLIMIT Award recognises champions of CCS who have gone above and beyond over the years to achieve CLIMIT’s objectives. The inaugural prize was awarded during CLIMIT SUMMIT 2023, which took place in Larvik 7–9 February, and was shared by two winners.
Ragnhild Rønneberg – established “ACT”
One of the two joint winners is Ragnhild Rønneberg, who is responsible for the founding of the “ACT” international partnership, which she achieved with tremendous enthusiasm and commitment. She has transformed it into a platform where researchers from a number of countries can work together to solve challenges related to the capture, transport and storage of CO2.
Thanks to her courage and diplomacy, Ragnhild has ensured that ACT is not only a collection of international projects, but also functions as a platform for knowledge sharing and solid R&D cooperation across national borders.
Ragnhild has been employed by the Research Council of Norway for the past 22 years and retired on 1 February this year. She now plans to devote her time to voluntary work, including with the Red Cross. Given Ragnhild’s passion for CCS, we could not ignore the fact that we were meeting her once again at such an exciting forum for CO2 management.
Eva Halland – for her great involvement in CO2 storage
The other of the two joint winners is Eva Halland, who has held a number of roles with the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (OD) and has served on its management team for more than 17 years. Eva has retired, but now runs her own firm – CarbonGeo Consulting – so many of us can expect to bump into Eva in future in a number of CCS settings.
Eva has been a CCS guru who has been widely recognised both domestically in Norway and internationally. She is Deputy Chair of CLIMIT, a NORSAR board member, and a project manager for CCUS Norway.
She is a trained geologist, having graduated from the University of Bergen.
Meeting goals through international cooperation
ACT is a network of 16 countries and regions which work together on calls for project proposals and knowledge sharing. The Research Council of Norway is the coordinator of ACT and Gassnova is also a Norwegian partner. Achieved good results ACT was established in 2016 after which it signed a five-year contract with the …
“I eat and drink CCS”
So all-consuming has this interest become that Halland, who recently left her position as project manager at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, jokes that she eats and drinks CCS. CLIMIT has made a big contribution to this Eva Halland has been a member and deputy chair of the Programme Board of CLIMIT since 2013, which makes …