The Athos project has been initiated for the construction of a basic capture- and transport infrastructure in the North Sea Canal area, to enable the usage or storage of CO2. Athos is an abbreviation for Amsterdam-IJmuiden CO2 Transport Hub & Offshore Storage, and is a joint initiative between Gasunie, EBN, Tata Steel and Port of Amsterdam.
The Netherlands has set clear climate targets, in line with the signing of the Paris Accord, aiming to reduce CO2 emissions by 49% (compared to 1990) by 2030. The capture, usage and storage of CO2 (CCUS) can significantly contribute to the reaching of these targets within a relatively short timeframe. It is, therefore, included as a prominent method for the industry in the Climate Agreement.