On 3 June, we kicked off Nor-Shipping down at Skur 13. With over 20 speakers present, speaking about a range of topics from carbon capture storage to hydrogen, the stage was set for exploring the shift to clean energy. This event was a part of our Oslo European Green Capital Business Program and was moderated by Birgit Liodden.
Andreas Hasle from the city of Oslo opened the forum by giving a brief overview of the four industry challenges created for Oslo European Green Capital. He emphasized that green investments play a major role in driving forward a more sustainable city and that this responsibility extends to the business actor. “Business needs to change and business is necessary for change,” he concluded to a heavy round of applause from the audience.
Another important talking point was on biogass. Karen Sund, coordinator at Biogass Oslofjord, introduced biogass claiming that, “It is not sexy but biogass is here & now and helps fulfill nine of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals.” Proving her point, she pointed to the research that shows using biogass as an alternative to diesel can help reduce emissions two-fold. She also drew attention to Norway’s biggest source of methane: agriculture. “If we can change the way we feed cows, we can get ahead of this ‘climate stuff’ that Norway is behind on,” Sund proposed during her seven-minute talk.
During our second session, Gøril Tjetland, Energy Advisor at Bellona, highlighted that the pace of emitting greenhouse gases has “hastened substantially.” In turn, this has cost the local economy billions of dollars and is an issue not to be ignored. She pointed out that most emissions are indirect, a byproduct of living daily life. The solution: Carbon Capture Storage. Tjetland was steadfast in her belief that cities are forerunners to solving this problem and Europe needs to usher in a shared infrastructure to reduce emissions, “Only by uniting can we push ahead.”
Thomas Reinertsen from Reinersten New Energy, is known for having developed concepts for clean hydrogen production in partnership with Equinor. He presented the solutions being created throughout the business sector to fuel clean hydrogen production.
Also present was Rob Stevens from Yara. Rob focused on how companies can make green ammonia production a reality, mainly within the shipping industry. Based on Yara’s own experience in creating crop nutrition solutions that reduces negative emissions for its customers, Rob believes that the time is now for a strategic move to be made within the market, with global sponsors accelerating scaling. Overall, the most “attractive option” for zero emission shipping is NH3.
In parallel to the talks, parallel discussions were held where the audience could talk freely with the speakers. This was in an effort to facilitate more awareness on each individual topic. The environment was casual but committed, as many potential solutions within clean energy were fused together between corporates, startups, and across industry professionals.
According to the survey, the event overall evaluation was 3.6 (from 1-5, when 5 is the highest score). 77,4% attendees said they gained useful ideas from Clean Energy Solutions at NorShipping and 64,5% said they met useful contacts.
We’d like to thank all of our partners for helping us make a splash at Nor-Shipping 2019: Oslo European Green Capital 2019 are partnering with OREEC, Norsk Hydrogenforum, Næring for Klima, Innovation Norway Germany, Business Finland, French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, Solar Energy Cluster Norway and Polyteknisk Forening.
Photo credits: Jan Khur
About Green Stories: Oslo Business Region is leading the business program during Oslo European Green Capital (EGC). The European Commission awarded Oslo the prestigious European Green Capital title for 2019. Being the European Green Capital in 2019 is a great recognition and an opportunity to showcase Oslo as a truly Green City linked to innovation, both in the international context and to Oslo’s population. In 2019 we will invite the world to Oslo – to share and to learn. Read more about EGC here and about the Industry Challenges here.