Project funding for Bio-CCS (BECCS) in the Nordic countries

19.03.20 | Funding opportunities
The Nordic Council of Ministers’ Nordic Working Group for Environment and Economy (NME) is inviting applications for funding for a project on BECCS in the Nordic Region. The deadline for applications is 22 April 2020.

Information

Opportunity category
Open calls
Deadline
Wed, 22/04/2020 - 11:59 PM
Financial framework
DKK 400,000
Countries
Åland Islands
Denmark
Faroe Islands
Finland
Greenland
Iceland
Norway
Sweden

Background

The Nordic prime ministers’ climate declaration of January 2019 expresses the twin desires for greater ambition and closer Nordic co-operation on the issue. Specifically, it states that the Nordic region will seek to refine and deploy carbon capture and storage (CCS) by funding research to overcome the remaining technical challenges and draw up business models for the implementation of CCS, including bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). BECCS is a range of technologies for extracting bioenergy from biomass and capturing and storing the carbon (Global CCS Institute, 2019)

Purpose and limits of the project

The project must describe the problems on the market that obstruct development and implementation of BECCS and analyse appropriate ways of managing the process, primarily at Nordic level, alternatively at EU level, in order to overcome those problems. The analysis of the problem must identify the market failures and other obstacles that need to be overcome to develop and implement BECCS, first and foremost in the Nordic countries. Potential market failures include: positive environmental externalities, knowledge externalities or technical externalities that lead to market players putting less effort into technical development than society might want and network externalities that mean society would be better served than the private sector by a broad implementation of the technology.

Governments have an incentive to intervene in the market in order to overcome all of these different problems. Once the problems have been identified, the project must analyse appropriate instruments and business models that can support the further development and implementation of BECCS.

Key questions

The project should address the following questions:

  • What is the current state of technological progress toward BECCS?

  • What are the problems on the market (the market failures) and other obstacles to developing and implementing BECCS in the Nordic countries?

  • Will it be the same actors who will take care of the various phases in the BECCS value chain?

  • Which instruments, existing or new, provide an incentive to develop and implement BECCS at EU and Nordic level?

  • What is the potential for Nordic co-operation on the various aspects of BECCS?

Limitations

Instruments identified as appropriate at EU or Nordic level should be assessed on the basis of at least the following three criteria:

  • Effectiveness in achieving a given goal
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Practical feasibility/political acceptance in the different Nordic countries.

The project should start with a problem analysis that will result in one or more reasons why the technical development and implementation of BECCS may necessitate incentives via market-based instruments such as the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) or targeted funding for technology. In this context, the project will be restricted to BECCS and must not include fossil CCS. The project should make sure that it identifies where problems and instruments to overcome them differ between the Nordic countries. The project must stipulate how synergies between the Nordic countries can be promoted.

Budget

The budget for the project is DKK 400,000 (incl. VAT). This includes standard project expenses as well as travel and communications.

Deadlines

Applications must be submitted to NME by 22 April 2020. All documents must be submitted by this deadline. Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. A decision will be made in May and all applicants will be informed of it. Dates for interim and final reports will be set in the project contract.

Applications

Applications must be e-mailed to Lotte Eklund. You may use either language version of the project description/application form and compulsory budget outline.

Contact:

Use the file below to find the application form.

Any CVs should be sent jointly in a single and separate file, but otherwise applicants may attach additional appendices (maximum of 10-15 A4 pages) explaining in further detail any factors that we should consider in our assessment, for example:

Evaluation

When assessing applications, the emphasis will be on:

  • the structure and planning of the work, including methodology and how relevant data will be collected and processed
  • the timetable
  • the allocation of responsibilities and time, general competencies and qualifications of those managing and involved in the project
  • he applicant’s previous experience in the area
  • the Nordic contacts and networks that will be used in the project and fluency in the Nordic languages
  • the expenditure for the proposed project period, including hourly rates and other expenses
  • the communications plan for the project.

NME will select the project based on their assessments of the applications. NME reserves the right to reject all applications.

See appendix“Utlysningstext_Gronomstallning_LONG" (in Swedish) for further information regarding project content and funding requirements.

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