A "Blue Quantum Leap" presented to Vestre
– The 'Blue Quantum Leap' project is very, very exciting. It ticks off a number of boxes, so it will be fun to follow its progress, said Jan Christian Vestre, Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries after a thirty-minute briefing on the project.
This article is sourced from GCE Blue Maritime.
Still under development and launching in February, this initiative marks a collaborative effort among the blue clusters: Energy Transition Norway in Stavanger, GCE Blue Maritime in Ålesund and GCE Ocean Technology in Bergen.
A key objective is to solidify Norway's position as a leader within the ocean industries. This will be achieved by taking on a more prominent and proactive role in addressing the significant industrial challenges and opportunities presented by the energy transition.
Through collaboration, these clusters aim to highlight the development and export of innovative solutions aligned with the green transition.
– I support this idea; I believe it's the right approach. That's why it's so important for me to be here and visit other places around the country, because industrial policy must be shaped together with those who are on the ground, who are close to the action, and who know what works and what doesn’t. I'm diligently taking notes, bringing suggestions back "home", and then acting on what we can, remarked Jan Christian Vestre, emphasizing the importance of collaborative policymaking.
– This was a productive meeting. I'm pleased we had the opportunity to discuss, and I sensed positive feedback on the project from the Minister of Trade and Industry, said Kirsti Slotsvik, CEO of ÅKP/GCE Blue Maritime.
She added, – To achieve something as a nation, Norway must think bigger than the previously defined regions and sectors. That's why we are now pooling expertise in a broader collaboration. We have an ambitious goal, to create a world-leading ocean-based value chain and a new Norwegian industrial adventure. It may seem like we're aiming very high, but remember, we represent about 700 companies along the coast of Western Norway. Many of them are already world leaders in their fields.
Launching in February
– We are very excited to be part of launching the business plan of the 'Blue Quantum Leap' project, says Owe Hagesæther. – The national and regional launch marks the beginning of a new chapter in our industrial adventure, one that I believe will set a global benchmark for sustainable innovation and industry collaboration.
Blue Quantum Leap is a national initiative to realise the opportunities in the Norwegian ocean industries - and boost green growth.
On behalf of Energy Transition Norway, GCE Blue Maritime, and GCE Ocean Technology, PwC has developed the business plan for Blue Quantum Leap, in close collaboration with companies, enterprises, and clusters.