Norway lags in the adoption of enabling technologies
Among the 22 countries assessed, Norway positions itself squarely in the middle, lagging behind several of its Nordic neighbors according to a new report by Abelia.
The report was launched at Arendalsuka this week and serves as a crucial lens through which Norway's capacity towards the green transition is assessed.
Five key findings
Here are five of the key findings from the report (Omstillingsbarometeret 2023):
- There is a shortage of highly skilled labor necessary for the green transition.
- Although much is tailored for innovation there is a scarcity of risk capital and motivated entrepreneurs.
- Norway lags in the adoption of crucial enabling technologies compared to its competitors.
- Insufficient incentives to steer transition towards sustainability, particularly in the green direction.
- The existing industrial structure lacks long-term sustainability.
Go to report (language: Norwegian)
Addressing the great gap
– We really need to act and scale solutions to close the gap between our ambitions and reality, says Jon Hellevang R&D manager in GCE Ocean Technology.
– While we in Norway need to scale the renewable energy production with “only” about 50%, the gap is much larger globally. Grid power needs to more than triple, while the fossil fuel is replaced by renewable energy. This is a huge challenge, but also a great business opportunity if we manage to develop the right solutions.
Many of the "gaps" and challenges from this report will be addressed at the Ocean Connect seminar 26 October in Bergen.
The seminar will focus on which type of innovation, collaboration, capital and competence that is needed to meet our climate goals. We will present and discuss possible solutions and opportunities in the energy transition.
– We very much look forward this conference and to discuss the opportunities in the future energy mix and what it will take to move from word to action, Hellevang ends.
There's a significant gap between the ambitions of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and our current state.
Is it much about fancy words and greenwashing? – business as usual, or are there changes happening that can lead us in the right direction without creating new problems? – business as unusual!
Join us at Ocean Connect, 26 October in Bergen.