The consulting firm Technopolis has reviewed the activity in CLIMIT Demo during the period 2011-2013.
"It has become an extensive report, focusing on whether the programme has well-formulated goals, as well as how we implement the programme," says Hans Jörg Fell, head of the CLIMIT secretariat.
Most important conclusions
The evaluation report is generally positive to the CLIMIT programme.
- The CLIMIT programme's demonstration part has a clear additionality and creates room for ideas that would otherwise not have been developed.
- The CLIMIT programme's demonstration part has contributed to development of new concepts for CCS.
- However, the programme has not been able to accelerate the development of CCS commercialisation. This is primarily because commercialisation is governed by factors which the programme cannot control and can only exert limited influence over.
- The project goals are generally well-defined and well-formulated.
However, the report also lists a few challenges:
- The handling of the project portfolio is systematic, but has some holes.
- The programme goals have been developed, but there are additional possibilities.
- How can the programme contribute to international collaboration while also safeguarding Norwegian interests.
- The operationalisation of the project goals works well – but the systematics could be improved.
"We are satisfied that one of the conclusions is that CLIMIT has a clear additionality, which means that the programme supports projects that would otherwise not have been started. The positive feedback in the evaluation report corresponds with the experience I have when I meet people abroad. The CLIMIT programme and the Norwegian investment in CCS receive significant international recognition," says Fell.
Room for improvement
The evaluation report encourages CLIMIT to inspire more people to apply to ensure sound quality and innovation in the programme. Fell does not entirely agree.
"There is actually a high number of applications for CLIMIT Demo, but also the R&D part. The challenge is rather how we can better prioritise the applications," he says.
The report determines that CLIMIT has a strong focus on communicating results, e.g. through the CLIMIT Summit. However, the evaluators still encourage CLIMIT to consider a kind of incentive to urge researchers to publicise their results more widely.
"The projects are already receiving money for communicating the results, but the follow-up could be more systematic. Perhaps we should promote a completed project to an even larger extent at CLIMIT Summit and contribute to more learning from the project. The projects should also become more skilled at communicating the results in other publications, and on CLIMIT's website and newsletters," says Fell.
Possible changes in the programme plan
The existing CLIMIT programme plan runs from 2013 – 2020, but the development of CCS has changed since this was drawn up.
"There is a good case to be made for having the programme board review the programme plan in light of changed external factors," says Fell.
The programme board will process the evaluation of CLIMIT at its meetings during autumn.
"How will Norwegian industrial companies and research institutions that apply for funds notice the changes after you have processed the evaluation report?"
"For the time being we will stick to the approved programme plan. If the programme board determines that it must be revised, the revised plan will be announced. One of the changes could be announcements that target specific topics when new issues arise, which was the case with the CATO-CLIMIT announcement. In this case, we set aside funds to promote collaboration between Norway and the Netherlands within EOR, transport and storage," says Fell.
The evaluation was made by the Swedish company Faugert & Co Utvärdering, which is a subsidiary of the Technopolis Group. The work was carried out in the period from September 2014 to August 2015.