HRH Crown Prince Haakon praised the Norwegian-British energy and climate change cooperation in his opening speech. 
Photo: Vibeke Risvold.HRH Crown Prince Haakon praised the Norwegian-British energy and climate change cooperation in his opening speech. Photo: Vibeke Risvold

HRH Crown Prince Haakon opens Wind Farm and Energy Seminar

The present state and future prospects for energy and climate change cooperation between Norway and the United Kingdom was the theme of this seminar organized by the Norwegian Embassy. The event gathered more than a hundred participants from the energy industry and Norwegian and British authorities and took place at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

The seminar focused on energy security and sustainable growth, and emphasized the challenges related to cutting emissions while simultaneously meeting a growing demand for energy. Norway and the UK cooperate extensively and successfully in various areas in the energy sector. Ninety percent of Norwegian trade to the UK comprises oil and gas and one quarter of UK gas consumption is imported from Norway. Several speakers addressed the importance of sustainable and renewable energy production, and discussed how Norway and the UK could cooperate further in this area.

The seminar was opened by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. The Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe, the Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske and the Personal Adviser to the Foreign Secretary on Energy and Resource Security, Lord Howell spoke on behalf of the countries’ authorities. From the business sector CEO Helge Lund of Statoil, CEO Christian Rynning-Tønnesen of Statkraft and the Managing Director of Centrica Energy, Mr. Mark Hanafin were among the speakers.

It was stated that decisive measures need to be taken in order to curb global warming and reduce human-induced effects on the climate. Developing and using affordable low carbon energy is an important part of this task. As the carbon footprint of gas is smaller than other fossil fuels, several of the speakers underlined the role of gas in the future. It was argued that since gas is a flexible, low cost and low carbon fossil fuel, it should be considered as a permanent part of the solution to lower emissions.

Another important step towards more environmentally friendly energy production is the development of renewable energy. Several speakers highlighted wind power as an important future energy source which provides a basis for closer technology and business cooperation between Norway and the UK. The opening of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm on Thursday 27 September is a milestone in the Norway-UK cooperation. Here, the Norwegian companies Statoil and Statkraft joined forces to establish a wind farm that will supply clean energy to more than 200 000 British homes.

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