Clean and Efficient Industry
Norwegian industry benefits from some of the cleanest and cheapest energy in Europe. Combined with a vibrant processing industry ecosystem and ambitious national strategies for circular and green production, Norway is a great place to build and develop low-carbon industries.
Green industry with 100% clean energy
With an abundance of clean and affordable hydropower, the Norwegian processing industry can keep both its costs and emissions down. This has allowed Norway to take a strong position within energy-intensive industries such as metal processing. For example, Norway possesses considerable production in steel and silicon, both with some of the smallest carbon footprints in the world. In fact, metal alone accounted for approximately 6.2% of total Norwegian exports (USD 9.5 billion) in 2017.
Furthermore, a stable supply of renewable and affordable energy makes Norway an ideal place to produce energy-intensive sustainable technologies, such as EV batteries and hydrogen.
Home of world-class industry ecosystem
Norwegian industry is supported by a highly developed network of industry clusters, providing well-established platforms for sharing expertise, fostering connections and promoting industrial development and innovation. It is due to this ecosystem that Norwegian industry has attained the goal of being both sustainable and highly profitable.
The clusters are supplemented by Norwegian industrial parks, who provide valuable assistance and expertise throughout the process of establishing industrial facilities.
Furthermore, Norwegian industrial workers are known as being both skilled an highly efficient, due to a culture of professional development, trust and independence.
Sustainable opportunities with world-leading carbon capture
Norway’s carbon capture industry is growing rapidly – you can read more about that here.
The advanced state of the Norwegian carbon capture ecosystem opens avenues for sustainable production across a range of industries. For example, it has given Norway a head-start in developing emission-free hydrogen from natural gas. Other, innovative exciting carbon capture projects include emission-free production of PHA (plastics) and single cell protein, targeted towards the large aquaculture market in Norway.
Pioneering circular industries
The future of the industrial sector is circular; a production system where energy, resources and materials are kept in an infinite loop of use and reuse.
In Norway’s industrial parks, you’ll find comprehensive programmes for recycling energy, bi-products and waste – often in innovative ways. For example, heat from Elkem’s ferrosilisium factory at Mo Industripark is used to breed smolt for the aquaculture sector. (In total, Mo Industripark recycles over 400 GWh of energy annually through various innovative collaborations). You can read more about Norwegian circular industry production here.
The progress towards a Norwegian circular industry is supported by a robust cluster network, partnerships with leading research bodies, and well-developed funding opportunities.