Nordic 4.0 – Green and Innovative

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Embassy representatives, experts and Thai representatives at the seminar. Photo: Ingvild Kvinnsland.

On Tuesday 27 June, the four Nordic embassies in Bangkok and their experts contributed to a seminar in the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Norwegian Embassy focused on the energy future, and how we can utilize our energy sources to secure future sustainable growth.

The seminar took place in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and gathered important speakers and decision makers from all over Thailand. The ambassador or chargé d’affaires and one expert from each country contributed at the stage.

The background for the seminar was Thailand’s 4.0 vision – a change of the Thai economy towards more innovation and technology driven economic growth. Nordic countries are known to be amongst the most innovative countries in the world, and Thailand sees to the North to acquire knowledge and inspiration about innovation. Thailand is concerned that the new economy should not thrive on expense of the climate and environment. Climate friendly innovation was therefore the main focus of the Nordic 4.0 seminar.

Norway’s ambassador to Thailand, Kjetil Paulsen was the first speaker of the day. His speech emphasized that the energy mix of the world is changing, and that we have to see the attractiveness of renewable energy – both from a commercial and environmental point of view. In that regard, Norway has innovated in many different fields in the energy sector. The Norwegian Pension Fund (LINK), renewable hydropower, wind and solar energy, carbon storage, effective electrical transmission systems and electrical vehicles are all important parts of the Norwegian energy policy. They also show that Norway is committed to continue to play a reliable and constructive role in the global energy market.

Norway’s expert at the seminar was technology counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy in Singapore, Per Christer Lund. He went into further details on different renewable energy sources that Norway continues to develop, stating that Norwegians have gained important competence in the maritime sector by being an oil and gas exporting country. This, Mr. Lund said, also gives Norway an extra responsibility for finding renewable solutions for the future.

Furthermore, Sweden focused on waste management, Denmark on wind energy and Finland on green design.

After the Nordic countries had shared best practices, there was a panel discussion with Thai speakers, both from public and private sector. Here, the focus was the way forward from Thailand, and what concrete solutions from the Nordic Thailand can make use of.