• The region emits 50% more carbon dioxide than the national average.

  • To achieve neutrality by 2050, it will be necessary to store the surplus.

  • A landfill project in the North Sea is under study.

With a large presence of industries, especially in Dunkirk, the Hauts-de-France region has a carbon footprint that is half the national average. If solutions are being developed to valorize these discharges, a large part still leaves all the same in nature. Except that in 2050, this will no longer be possible when it is necessary to achieve carbon neutrality.

Exceed by 50% the national average of CO2 emissions, "we accept it, because it is also constitutive of a good part of our jobs", explained in 2020, in a webinair Rev3, Guislain Cambier, vice-president of the regional council for climate action and SRADDET (regional planning, sustainable development and equality of territories).

Steel manufacturer in Grande-Synthe near Dunkirk, Arcelor Mittal has nearly 3,000 employees and more than a thousand subcontractors.

It is also the largest emitter of CO2 (10% nationally).

No alternative solution for 60% of the CO2 emitted

The fact remains that we must respect the Paris agreements and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The Dunkirk basin can work with all the players, optimizing processes, changing energy or even reusing emissions. in building materials or to ripen tomatoes, the count will not be there. "We will not be able to develop everything and therefore the ultimate solution will be to store", explains Valérie Cotinaut, vice-president of the Hauts-de-France chamber of commerce and industry (CCI). A study by ADEME (the Ecological Transition Agency), funded by the CCI, predicts that there will be no alternative solution for 60% of the CO2 emitted.

There are two solutions.

Or bury in the North Sea, by joining the Northern Lights project in Norway (carried by the companies Equinord, Shell and Total), knowing that the route, which is more than 1,500 kilometers, should be done by boat or gas pipeline.

Or via “onshore” storage solutions, in favorable geological zones in France.

“We made contacts but nothing has been done today.

We have written a roadmap for Dunkirk to become a hub, a sort of central point where this CO2 can be transported, but this infrastructure can only be achieved with public and private investments.

To preserve their competitiveness, manufacturers will not be able to do it alone, ”recognizes Valérie Cotinaut.


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