Denmark and the Netherlands strengthen green partnership with new cooperation on the capture, utilization and storage of CO2

Published 18-08-2022

The Netherlands and Denmark have a strong track record of energy-collaborations and exchanging knowledge that benefits a greener future. The latest addition to this European collaboration is the decision to enhance coop-eration on Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). The technologies are central to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are otherwise difficult to reduce.

Over the past years, the two countries have built a close collaboration on several sustainable solutions, e.g. green heating systems, offshore wind and the common interests in promoting more ambitious climate targets for the EU. The latest addition is the signing of an agreement that expresses the mutual intent to advance CCUS development and deployment between Denmark and the Netherlands. The agreement provides a general framework for the cooperation.

In the agreement, both countries underline the objective of climate neutrality in the European Union by 2050, and emphasise CCUS as an important technology for achieving that objective. Denmark and the Netherlands recognize that regional cooperation and a cross-border infrastructure is crucial to the development of CCUS.

Danish Minister for Climate, Energy, and Utilities, Dan Jørgensen:

“The climate crisis cannot be solved by each country individually, it needs transnational solutions. With this agreement, Denmark and the Netherlands have agreed to promote the regional development of carbon capture, utilisation and storage so that we together can rid the atmosphere of some of the greenhouse gas emissions that normally are difficult to reduce. The potential of these technologies is huge and by working closely together, Denmark is not only realising our national goal of net zero by no later than 2050, we are also paving the way for a greener Europe.”

The State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands, Hans Vijlbrief:

"The Netherlands is a strong supporter of international cooperation with regards to CCUS. Working together on research and development of CCUS technologies can help accelerate deployment, improve their environmental performance and also reduce costs. We recognise that not all European countries have access to suitable storage sites for CO2. In this regard it is paramount to find regional solutions to maximise the emission reduction potential of CCUS across the continent.”

The collaboration includes the advancement of topics of mutual interest such as supporting the integration of CO2 removals from negative emission technologies into EU climate policy, exploring the need for a bilateral agreement or arrangement enabling cross-border transportation and storage of CO2, and sharing knowledge on latest technologies, geological infrastructure and other relevant experiences relating to CCUS.



  • The Danish Climate Agreement for Energy and Industry 2020 allocates DKK 16 billion to promote the development of CCUS.
  • A broad majority of the parties in the Danish parliament agree in The Roadmap for CO2 Storage from 2021 to initiate investigations of potential storage sites in the Danish subsoil, and make it possible to import and export CO2 while ensuring that CO2 storage will take place in an environmentally and safety-sound manner.
  • CCS is supported in the Netherlands through the SDE++ subsidy mechanism.
  • The first large-scale CCS project in the Netherlands, the Porthos CCS Project, will start operation in 2025.

Learn more: Memorandum of understanding.pdf

Press office of the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities: +45 41 72 38 05

Press office of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy: + 31 6 50 19 26 73