With the catastrophic effects of climate change knocking at the world's door, urgent action is needed. Keeping this in mind, the Norwegian Government has started a new project named the Northern Lights, a joint effort of the Norwegian government and energy firms Equinor, Shell, and Total, each of which has deep roots working with Microsoft. The partnership is seeking to standardize and scale carbon capture and storage, or CCS, across Europe.
"This is a challenge that no one government or corporation can solve alone. We all need to do more, and those of us who can move faster should. We're excited by the potential of new approaches like the Northern Lights project. Together with our partners, we can work to scale the transportation and storage of captured carbon to help achieve the business needs of a net-zero carbon future," says Lucas Joppa, chief environmental officer for Microsoft.
Microsoft signed an agreement to explore how it can join the project as a technology partner. Together, the group will explore how to integrate Microsoft's digital expertise and work to find ways to invest in the project's significant development. Microsoft will also look into the use of Northern Lights' CO2 transport and storage facility as part of its carbon capture portfolio, transportation, maintenance, and storage projects.