What are the Arctic Solutions for the Green Shift?

Anu Fredrikson

Anu Fredrikson, executive director of Arctic Frontiers, attends the event “Arctic Solutions for the Green Shift”. Photo: Hogne Bø Pettersen/Nordområdesenteret

Arctic policy is like biking: To avoid stagnation we need continuous progress. The new Government is listening, has the Arctic high on its agenda and is committed to progress, said State Secretary Eivind Vad Petersson of the Norwegian Ministry of Foregin Affairs.

Together with a host of interesting speakers he attended the event “Arctic Solutions for the Green Shift” in Oslo on November 25th, organized by the High North Dialogue, Kirkeneskonferansen and Arctic Frontiers.

Arctic Frontiers at the Solutions for the Green Shift

Photo: Hogne Bø Pettersen/Nordområdesenteret

More cooperation

The new Norwegian government platform, Hurdalsplattformen, states that the High North is one of the most important strategic focus areas in Norway. Simultaneously, the new Government aims to achieve Norway’s climate targets. How do business and society meet in this challenge? And how can we make use of the solutions that already exist in the Arctic?

At the seminar the State Secretary continued by saying that the High North is a peace project where stable development is important, and that the path ahead leads via more Nordic cooperation. Many countries within the European Union have also developed strategies for the Arctic, which lean heavily on green conversion.

Framework conditions

The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise was represented by Målfrid Baik (NHO Arktis), who pointed out that the problem is no longer that there is a lack of jobs in the north. It is estimated that 30 000 new jobs will get created the next ten years. How will we man them?

Four business representatives were also present at the seminar. They all pointed out that there is a need for a bettering of the framework conditions, particularly when it comes to sustainable development and a green economy.

The business representatives were:

Liv Monica Stubholt, chairwoman of the board of Green Ammonia Berlevåg AS.
Arve Ulriksen, executive director of Mo Industripark
Linda Storholm, communications manager of Gigante Salmon
Jaran Rauø, development director of Stella Polaris

Photo: Hogne Bø Pettersen/Nordområdesenteret

Panel debate about Arctic solutions

After the presentations, a competent panel discussed key points from the seminar. Nicole Natalie Furnes (student at Nord University) underlined the importance of education and getting young people to stay in the Arctic while studying. Are Thomasgaard from the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions called for more focus on the Samí population and the indigenous peoples of the Arctic.

The panel:

Eivind Vad Petersson, State Secretary with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Gjermund Løyning, NHO
Are Tomasgard, LO
Fridtjof Fossum Unander, Norges forskningsråd
Nicole Natalie Furnes, student at Nord University
Arne O. Holm, High North News


Julia Seljeseth

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