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Europe’s first carbon capture on bio-incineration

Carbon Centric will capture CO2 from Vardar's bio-incineration plant in Norway. The project will be the first of its kind in Europe, with a planned startup during the first half of 2026.

Carbon Centric will establish a carbon capture plant at Vardar Varme's biomass incineration plant at Treklyngen industry park, in Hønefoss, Norway. With this, they will capture more than 90 percent of CO2 emissions from the incineration process.

"At this plant we will capture CO2 from a sustainable source. This opens for a wide range of user applications and for creating carbon removal certificates. This is a good example of how the heating sector can remain the best in class on climate," says Kenneth Juul, CCO at Carbon Centric.

Foto: Illustration of the planned capture plant in front of the Vardar Varme incinerator.

Attractive business model

With the establishment of new industrial heat consumers at Treklyngen, Vardar Varme decided to increase the heat production from 50-60 GWh to 200 GWh. With this edition, biogenic CO2 emissions will increase up to 80 – 90,000 tonnes a year. Vardar Varme saw the opportunity to implement carbon capture in collaboration with Carbon Centric.

"With carbon capture, district heating will have a positive climate effect. It's groundbreaking," says Kjetil Bockmann, managing director of Vardar Varme.

For Carbon Centric, the agreement is proof that the business model is attractive in the market. They have already secured an agreement to build the world's first full-scale carbon capture plant for waste incineration in Rakkestad (Norway), which will be put into operation during 2024/2025. Carbon Centric will build, own, and operate both these two carbon capture plants.

Best in class

Carbon Centric was established in 2021 and offers modular carbon capture plants that can capture up to 120,000 tonnes of CO2 per module. Captured CO2 is either sold to industry, which currently uses fossil CO2, or routed to permanent storage facilities for long-term storage.

"There are still logistical and availability challenges with storage, so in anticipation of good solutions, it is natural to look at different types of utilization. Utilization makes sense, because CO2 with biogenic origin displaces the fossil CO2, which is currently most commonly used in the industry," says Juul.

Carbon Centric plans to establish the carbon capture plant at Treklyngen during 2026. Juul strongly believes that the waste and bio-incineration industry can contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Juul concludes:

We experience a lot of interest in our products and services. We make CCUS easy and attractive for the point source emitters, so that they can focus on developing their own core business. It is a win-win for all parties, including the environment.

For more information please contact:

Kenneth Juul, Chief Commercial Officer, Carbon Centric +47 99 00 82 69

Kjetil Bockman, managing director, Vardar Varme +47 995 94 936


On Carbon Centric

  • Established in 2021 and majority owned by Norwegian utility, Østfold Energi.

  • Specializes in climate positive carbon capture projects in the waste to energy and bio-incineration sector.

  • Provides turn-key capture facilities or delivers carbon capture as a service.

  • Collaborating with technology partners KANFA and Slåttland Mekaniske.

  • Two projects in portfolio with annual capture capacity up to 90 000 tons CO2 from 2024. Building pipeline of projects and has significant international ambitions.

On Vardar Varme

  • Established in 2016 as a 100% owned subsidiary of the utility Vardar AS.

  • Delivers about 50GWh of heat to the town of Hønefoss and about3 GWh district heating at Vestfossen.

  • Follum is equipped with a 35 MW multi-fuel boiler that produces high pressure steam from combustion of sustainable wood waste. It was an integrated part of the Norske Skog Follum paper production, that closed down in 2013.

  • New industrial establishments are under development at Treklyngen, increasing the utilization of the boiler.

  • Electricity production is being considered to increase utilization of the boiler even more, turning this plant into a 100% biogenic combined heat and power (CHP) plant.


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