The Ocean Nation

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Norway is a pioneer in technology-based sustainable solutions for the ocean within energy, aquaculture, fisheries, shipping and the maritime sector. We want the world to know what Norway has to offer in terms of innovations, research and applied technologies within these industries.

“The Norwegian coastline is one of the world’s longest. The marine areas we manage are more than five times as large as our land territory. The ocean has shaped our history and our people, and has challenged us to develop sustainable technology that are at the forefront globally. We are showcasing these solutions at Expo 2020, to contribute to the greatest possible sustainable value creation in the ocean industries.” – Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy, Bjørnar Selnes Skjæran

Norwegians have always explored and lived off the sea. Some of the country’s most innovative businesses, jobs and knowledge institutions trace their origins back to human settlements along the coast and ocean based activities

Norway is a leading ocean nation. The history of Norway is a story about the oceans.

The government presents its marine report, “Blue Oceans, Green Future” –

Ocean Indutstries are Norway’s Most Important Source of Revenue

Working for the world’s oceans

Creating a sustainable ocean economy is one of the most important tasks and greatest opportunities of our time.  It will help the world meet all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), not just SDG 14 on life below water.

‘The oceans are a common good and are of crucial importance for human and planetary health, for the climate and food security, for local job markets and for the global economy. We must promote clean and healthy oceans to ensure that the oceans can continue to fulfil their critical role in meeting our needs,’ said Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre when taking over the position as co-chair of the Ocean Panel.

Many ocean-based industries have the potential to outperform the growth of the global economy, both in terms of additional value and employment. That is only possible if we manage the ocean wisely. A healthy ocean holds the solutions to many of the world’s challenges and can help us meet the expanding need for food, medicines, energy and minerals.

However, the ocean is a vulnerable ecosystem. Loss of biodiversity, marine litter and other forms of pollution, acidification, climate change and overexploitation of marine resources are challenges threatening the health of ocean today.

Norway has initiated and lead international processes safeguarding the health of the ocean. Most notably, Norway has initiated and together with Palau, co-chaired the High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. ‘Norway is an international leader in ocean management. The Ocean Panel is an important initiative launched by Norway to achieve sustainable ocean management worldwide, and we must work together with our partners to translate our ambitions into action,’, Said Prime Minister Støre.

In December 2020, the 14 heads of states and governments in the Ocean Panel committed themselves to sustainable ocean management and transformational policies. Protection, production and prosperity go hand in hand. Other countries and partners, also from business, are now invited to join this endeavour.

Pioneering Sustainable Ocean Solutions


Cleaner seas and coastlines with green shipping

Norway is a leader in the transformation towards safer and decarbonized shipping. New fuel solutions and technology, including the digital transformation of the maritime industry contributes to the development of green shipping.

In order to facilitate a green revolution in shipping, the private and public sectors in Norway joined forces and established the Green Shipping Programme, launching large-scale pilot projects such as a hydrogen-powered speed boat, a bunkering vessel and hybrid shuttle tankers, as well as projects to develop green ports.

Read more : Cleaner seas and coastlines with green shipping

Developing safe and green offshore energy solutions

Norway has been on the forefront in the development of safer and greener technology for offshore oil and gas for decades. Now Norwegian companies are leading the development of floating offshore wind, new energy storage systems, decarbonization of gas, and Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage.

Read more : Developing safe and green offshore energy solutions

Norwegian technology for sustainable aquaculture

Farmed fish could be crucial to achieving a world without hunger. Although aquaculture can have a large environmental footprint, Norwegian technology makes it possible to produce fish sustainably and with less environmental impact.

Read more : Norwegian technology for sustainable aquaculture

Cleaning up plastic in the ocean with blockchain technology and ocean plastic certificates

A Norwegian collaborative project may have cracked the code for cleaning up plastic waste in the ocean quickly and cost-effectively with the help of blockchain technology, ocean plastic certificates and specialised vessels.

Many people want to clear the oceans of plastic waste and many people could envision paying for ocean plastic that can be recycled into new products, yet there is no good system in place to bring the two groups together.

That is why DNV GL has joined forces with the Norwegian companies Inframar and Empower to provide solutions that could remove many metric tons of plastic litter from the sea and sell it to interested parties.

Read full story : Cleaning up plastic in the ocean with blockchain technology and ocean plastic certificates

Six times more food from the ocean

The generally accepted view has been that the production limit for capture fisheries has been reached. The Blue Paper argues to the contrary that by reducing overfishing, using catches more efficiently and increasing production from underfished resources, capture fisheries could yield as much as 20 per cent more fish catch than today under current fishing pressure.

Read full story : Six times more food from the ocean

Expo 2020 Dubai

The Expo 2020 Dubai has been postponed to 2021.This is the first time the World Exposition is hosted in the Middle East. The purpose of World Expositions is to promote international relations through uniting world countries with the exchange and exposure of ideas, new thoughts, innovation and experience in business, education, research and technology.

“A BETTER WORLD TOGETHER!” is the main theme for the Expo 2020 Dubai is Expo 2020 Dubai is not just another trade show – but a World Exposition where the world is gathering to present and showcase technology and knowhow for the future. Expo 2020 Dubai themes are in reference to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The EXPO theme recognises that generating sustainable solutions to global problems demands collaboration across cultures, nations and regions.

At least 190 countries have confirmed their participation. Among these, around 80 countries will have their own self-build pavilion, with design and content never seen before. A number of NGOs, major corporations, institutes and academia will have their own exhibition facilities.

The EXPO site is situated between the new Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) and The Port of Jebel Ali, and only a 35-40 minutes’ drive from Downtown Dubai and Dubai International Airport (DXB).

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