Net Zero Transition: Common Challenges and Opportunities in Northern Scotland and Northern Norway

Strathclyde University, Shetland Islands Council’s ‘ORION’ Project and Energi i Nord invites you to a webinar exploring common challenges and opportunities in Northern Scotland and Northern Norway regions in relation to the Net Zero Transition.

Both regions share a heavy reliance on fossil fuels, challenging climates and difficult transport links but significant renewable resource potential. This webinar will explore both the common challenges but also the huge opportunities to attract workers, reduce fuel poverty and achieve a secure energy future for both regions.

Participants will be encouraged to assist in identifying common areas and topics that require further development or investigation. Follow-up meetings are planned with interested stakeholders to discuss and develop the ideas captured in more detail and identify opportunities for establishing further development initiatives, and to strengthen the relationships between the regions.



Welcome and Introduction

Mark Robertson, Project Development Manager, University of Strathclyde


Keynote: Current Policy/Government position – Scotland

Kersti Berge, Scottish Government’s Director for Energy and Climate Change


Keynote: Current Policy/Government position – Norway

Marianne Sivertsen Næss, leader of the National Parliamentary Committee for energy and climate (Labour Party).


Current status in Scotland (and Shetland in particular) – existing & plans

Douglas Irvine, Executive Manager - Future Energy, Shetland Islands Council


Current status in Northern Norway – existing & plans

Kjell Giæver, Director, Arctic Energy Partners


Maritime Industry – Ports and Infrastructure impacts (and decarbonisation)

Jørn-Even Hansen, Director, Tromsø Havn / Port of Tromsø


Maritime Industry – Vessel decarbonisation challenges and potential solutions

Panos Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Director, Lloyd's Register Group

10:30 – 10:50

Maritime industry decarbonisation discussion


Comfort Break


Communities/Social acceptance for New Energy/decarbonisation – Scotland

Katrina Wiseman – Shetland Area Manager – Highlands and Islands Enterprise.


Communities/Social acceptance for New Energy/decarbonisation – N. Norway

Berit Kristoffersen (assistant Professor, Department of social sciences, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway).

11:35 – 11:55

Communities/social acceptance discussion


New energy/decarbonisation – latest developments/projects – Scotland

Feargal Brennan, James Blyth Distinguished Professor of Offshore Engineering - University of Strathclyde


New energy/decarbonisation – latest developments/projects – Norway

Morten Watle, GreenH


New Energy Discussion

12:45 – 1:00

Wrap up/Actions/next steps.



Register to attend for free here.

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