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COP26: The North Sea as a springboard for the green transition

The nations bordering the North Sea have long benefited from its bounty. Now these countries, along with the rest of the world, stand before a challenge on a scale never seen before. North Sea countries have a unique opportunity to use their knowledge and expertise about the area to implement novel solutions to the climate crisis.


COP26, Hall 4 , PV 63, Blue Zone, Bellona Pavilion
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Event time is GMT - Norway time is one hour later.

This event will present a document co-signed by scientists associated with four international research centres on CCS, offshore wind, low-emission technology and energy transition. The co-signers of the document call for a greater international cooperation in establishing green transition projects in the North Sea. With concerted and targeted efforts by the countries that border it, the North Sea can become a test bed for green transition technology, creating new solutions that can be applied in the rest of the world.



  • Read our document The North Sea as a Springboard for the Green Transition, co-signed by Ruhr Universität Bochum, the British Geological Survey, the University of Strathclyde, TNO, University of Oslo, the Technical University of Denmark, Fraunhofer, University of Zurich, NTNU and SINTEF.

The scientists come from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the British Geological Survey, TNO, the University of Oslo, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Stathclyde University Glasgow, Fraunhofer and SINTEF.

SINTEF and NTNU will present three recommendations for a green transition in the North Sea and invite panellists to discuss the report and the recommendations.  

The panellists will include scientists, representatives from industry and NGOs, and politicians.

Host: Edel Sheridan, Senior Business Developer, SINTEF

Three recommendations:

  • Nils Røkke, EVP Sustainability, SINTEF
  • Asgeir Tomasgard, Director NTRANS, Professor NTNU

Science panel:

  • Stefania Gardarsdottir, Director LowEmission, Research manager SINTEF 
  • Mona Mølnvik, Director Norwegian CCS Research Centre, Research director, SINTEF
  • John Olav Tande, Director NorthWind, Chief scientist SINTEF
  • Olimpo Anaya-Lara, Professor, University of Strathclyde
  • Arno van Wingerde, Chief Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems 

  • Roberta Veronezi Figueiredo, Research Scientist, TNO  

Industry and NGO panel:

  • Sian Lloyd Rees, Aker Offshore Wind
  • Frederic Hauge, Bellona

Political panel:

  • Espen Barth Eide, Norwegian Minister of climate and environment (TBC)
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