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Global Ocean Governance

The Ocean covers 70% of Earth, and consists of a mosaic of different governance constellations that Norway, and Norwegian research and industries, have to work within.

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Among others local municipal coastal zone management, these consist of bilateral collaborations with Russia, the EUs marine strategic framework directive, regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs), the Arctic council and the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). These agreements and management regimes in turn have to work within a regulatory framework that goes beyond maritime activities as well, though, such as for example the Paris agreement, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD)

Within this fragmented Ocean Governance setting, Norway has a large responsibility, both locally and globally. SINTEFs role is to highlight the challenges and opportunities within this framework, and develop technological solutions in collaboration with industries that take into account regulatory responsibilities at the national level, and global obligations Norway has made at more overarching levels.

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Cement factories can put the brakes on global plastic pollution

Cement factories can put the brakes on global plastic pollution

Researchers believe that plastic refuse can be used as fuel in cement factories in Asia. If this works, it may provide a solution to two of the planet’s biggest environmental problems – plastic in the oceans and high levels of coal consumption.