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Energy, technology and climate - Challenges and Opportunities for Action

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
2016

Background and summary:
In the summer of 2014 14 authors, many members of the Academy, began writing a textbook on energy production, technology and climate challenges. NTVA president Eivind Hiis Hauge was the leader of the editorial staff. The book marked the 60th anniversary of the Academy's founding in Trondheim.
It consists of 11 chapters, in which the authors address energy-related problems based on expertise in their own professional fields. Their challenge was to be concise, preferably with sharp conclusions and recommendations to decision-makers.  The authors are themselves responsible for the presentations in and conclusions of their chapters. The book is not a compendium of consensus within the Academy.
The book focuses on the technical aspects of the fields of energy and climate. But political guidance is decisive for further developments. Nine chapters on technologies are framed between an introductory chapter and a final chapter slanted toward the social and political sciences.
The fields of responsibility covered in the book are complex. Nonetheless there are some principal conclusions:

  • A holistic perspective is essential to achieving goals in the versatile field of energy and climate.
  • It isn’t a lack of fossil resources that will bring the age of fossil fuels to an end.  But a shift away from fossil resources probably will take a long time.
  • A climate-friendly society requires a high degree of electrification.
  • Apparently the Norwegian power grid need not be further developed to meet domestic needs. However, energy surpluses may be used for efficient, less polluting industrial production. By exchanging energy Norway can contribute to reducing emissions from other Nordic countries and from northern Europe.
  • The transport sector has an obvious potential for reducing its emissions. Norway has been a leading country in introducing electric cars. Maintaining this pioneer role requires a balanced, broad development of the incentive structure.

On 21st October, the online version of the leading Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten featured a long review of the book. The newspaper Adresseavisen also published commentary based on the book. Review copies of the book were sents to many members of the Press as well as to Members of Parliament on the Energy and Environment Committee, the Research and Education Committee, and the Committee on Business and Industry. The book also was presented at a Ministry of Climate and Environment meeting.
With time the book has become well known. Reader reactions have been very positive.

Contact: Lars Thomas Dyrhaug

 

Natural Disasters and Societal Safety

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
2015

(Editor Roy H. Gabrielsen and Suzanne Lacasse)

Contact: Lars Thomas Dyrhaug

 

Marine Transport in High North

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
2011

High North is Norwegian Government’s most important strategic foreign policy priority. Experts gave talks that reflected the current knowledge on the subject, viewed from scientific, technological and juridical understanding.

 

A National Energy Strategy 2013-2017/English

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
2013

It is vital for success in terms of research and the country's industry that Norway has research groups that are attractive partners for international research organizations. A robust positioning of the Norwegian research community in the EU's research programmes is an important part of this strategy. Cooperation with research groups in the USA, Japan, China and other countries, must also be part of the strategy to guarantee high quality Norwegian research. Funding for modern laboratories is an important part of this positioning strategy.

Food from the Ocean – Norway's Opportunities/ English

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
2013

The volume contains the written version of the talks presented at a symposium with the title "Food from the Ocean – Norway's Opportunities".

Technology for better use of Resources in Healthcare/Norwegian

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
2013

Abstracts from NTVA Technology Forum 2013 (Seminar).

Natural gas and Norwegian Industry/Norwegian

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
2012

Abstracts from NTVA Technology Forum 2012 (Seminar).

Innovation and technology research/Norwegian

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
2012

Abstracts from NTVA Technology forum 2011 (SSeminar).

Value created from productive oceans in 2050/ English

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
2012

The report presents a summary of the potentials for marine industries in Norway. The scale of value generation in marine sector in 2050 is estimated to of the order 70 billion EUR.

Norwegian Energy Policy in Context of the Global Energy Situation/English

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
2012

The volume contains the written version of the talks presented at a symposium with the title "Norwegian Energy Policy in Context of the Global Energy Situation".

Future Internet: Global Challenges - National Opportunities

Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA)
2009

The report addresses various aspects of the Internet; History, status and future options are discussed. One motivation is to relate the technological challenges and objectives to societal needs and trends. There are also descriptions of several technical areas that has to be improved.