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Outreach
 

  

The Longyearbyen CO2 Lab has continued to promote the vision of a CO2 free Svalbard throughout the years of 

drilling, injection test and plugging. The project has received an over whelming amount of interest and generated 
visitors from all over the world.  

Since 2008 the Longyearbyen CO2 lab has ran an extensive outreach program in parallel to drilling activities. The 
function of outreach on behalf of the project has been to keep informed and update partners, members of Longyear-
byen community, the general public and the media of project development. This has included safety awareness at the 
Well Park (drill site) in Adventdalen. 

During the period of drilling outreach developed a website that has been revised 3 times, a partners web forum, a 
Facebook site, 7 posters for popular viewing, 5 posters for educational usage, an ebook, 1 short film, 2 brochures and 
sent out 53 newsletters. In addition they have played a major role in assisting with the organisation of workshops and 
conferences which have attracted international participants. The Project has had 122 news articles from 2006 – 2014 
including 17 television interviews and 13 popular science magazines reviews.

On behalf of Outreach the Longyearbyen CO2 lab have given 98 conference presentations and submitted 22 confer-
ence posters for international and nationally conferences. In addition the Lab has submitted 28 articles for scientific 
Journals the most recent puplications can be found in the Norwegian Journal of Geology volume 94, 2014 
 

http://www.geologi.no/njg/

.  Another special volume is under development.

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Children from Longyearbyen School Visiting the Drill site during the CO2 week 2013

13.  Outreach and the Community

The project has promoted education and understanding around the CO2 vaule chain. In May 2013 a CO2 week was 
held in Longyearbyen instigated by the Longyearbyen CO2 Lab’s outreach program and fully funded by the Sval-
bard Miljøvernfond. During the course of the week the lab ran workshops and lectures at the University (UNIS) and 
Longyearbyen School; this included project days and excursions for Longyearbyen’s three preschools. The aim of the 
project was to design and implement teaching material around the CO2 cycle that could be used and adapted to all 
age groups. The material demonstrated the full CO2 value chain from photosynthesis to global warming. Focus was 
placed on present day solutions to the global problem; alternative energy and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). All 
the developed resources from the CO2 week can be found at; 

http://co2-ccs.unis.no/CO2-teaching-material.html

Since the decline in the drilling program in 2013 Outreach continues at the lab in a reduced capacity. Outreach contin-
ues to work jointly with FMR SUCCESS to produce a popular website soon to be released; 

http://co2lagringnorge.com/en/

As the CO2 Lab pilot project comes to completion the Labs own website has been reviewed and updated to a static 

site. 

http://co2-ccs.unis.no/

National and international networks 

Goals: Promote Longyearbyen CO2 Lab as an international pioneer on CO2 storage. Achieve closer contact with other 

CCS projects with the aim to enhance the awareness of Longyearbyen as a test site for CO2. Establish international 

and national network for the Longyearbyen CO2 laboratory with the aim for cooperation along the entire CCS-chain.

UNIS CO2-lab has been successful in its efforts to build alliances.
On the industrial side, UNIS CO2-lab has built long term relationships with Statoil, ConocoPhillips, Lundin Norway, 
Statkraft, Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani, BakerHughes and LNS Spitsbergen.

On the research side, UNIS CO2-lab has recruited University of Oslo, University of Bergen, NTNU, SINTEF, NGU, NGI, 
IFE and Norsar.

(For a full report of this work package see report; Project number Gassnova/Climit: 218953) “Longyearbyen CO2 

Lab2012-2013 Status report–November 1st 2013”) - Unis reports