The Norwegian government established CICERO (the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo) by royal decree in 1990. CICERO is an independent research center associated with the University of Oslo. CICERO’s mission is to conduct research and provide reports, information and expert advice about issues related to global climate change and international climate policy with the aim of acquiring knowledge that can help mitigate the climate problem and enhance international climate cooperation.
Hydro has had a cooperative agreement with CICERO’s research project CICEP (Strategic Challenges in International Climate and Energy Policy) since 2011. CICEP’s main goal is to help identify and design realistic policy options and strategies that can effectively drive the transition towards a low-carbon energy future. In particular, to help determine which of the policy options that meet basic requirements of effectiveness can be adopted and successfully implemented. Further, the project will build knowledge about the consequences of plausible policy options and trajectories for international and European energy and energy technology markets, for major Norwegian industries, and for government strategies. Hydro’s Head of Climate Office Bjørn Kjetil Mauritzen is a member of CICEP’s board. Hydro contributes NOK 250,000 annually to this research project.