The world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions have doubled since 1970, and the stock of such gases in the atmosphere has increased. Norway has ratified the International Climate Change Convention agreed at COP 21 in Paris, whose purpose is to keep the average temperature increase well below 2°C compared with pre-industrial levels, and to strive to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

To support the long-term temperature target, the Paris Agreement set a collective emissions target with the aim of reversing the increase in global greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible in order to achieve balance between man-made emissions and the absorption of greenhouse gases in forests and seas during the second half of this century (climate neutrality).

Enova points out in a report «Towards a low-emission Norwegian industry» that Norway’s industrial sector, including both the offshore petroleum industry and onshore industries, contributes 25% of GDP and 8% of jobs. It also produces more than half of Norway’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The challenge in the years ahead is to maintain or advance the sector’s economic and social contributions while dramatically reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.  Innovation and technology development in the industrial sector are crucial to delivering on Norway’s international climate obligations by 2030. Innovation and technology development in the industrial sector are crucial to delivering on Norway’s international climate obligations by 2030.

Norwegian industry will need to develop and lead the adoption of “deep decarbonization” technologies to close the emission abatement gap. Most Norwegian onshore industries are already electrified, and Norway has a clean power sector, putting it ahead of most other countries. It now faces the more difficult challenge of decarbonizing offshore petroleum facilities and onshore industry process emissions.

Grenland in Telemark – the worlds first climate positive industry region

The industry network organizations Telemark Offshore, Teknologinettverk Telemark og Industri Clusteret Grenland have submitted an Application to Innovation Norway aspiring to be admitted to the program for Norwegian Innovation Clusters in 2018.

Coming from the largest industryregion in Norway, Industrial Green Tech has a high-reaching but realistic ambition to contribute to making Grenland in Telemark aims to be the worlds first climate positive industry region delivering green technology solutions to the global market.

A main goal for the cluster will be to lift the region to an international leading competence hub for innovative solutions to the global market, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting green industrial technology solutions.

Focus areas for Industrial Green Tech:

  • Product Development
    • Bioenergy, CCU, technology based on electrical power, products with reduced carbon footprint etc.
  • Process Development
    • CO2 capture ,purification, other emission reduction (to air, water, sea), separation technology, use of hydrogen, green plastics, digitization, automation, autonomy
  • Industrial circular economy
    • Recycling, efficient use of resources, waste management
  • Logistics
    • Green/electrified transport (internally and between companies)
  • Cluster Development
    • Collaborative culture, competence, network, sharing
  • Business conditions
    • Motivate, inform, prepare professional documentation for decision makers

Presentation Industrial Green Tech:

Industrial Green Tech, short presentation in English

For more information about Industrial Green Tech, please contact:

Project Manager: Cathrine Fochsen, tlf: 911 39 032, epost
Coordinator of the industry networks: Irene Siljan Vestby, tlf 952 31 706, epost


These companies are already members and partners to Industrial Green Tech: