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Participate in HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norways virtual visit to California

By Annie Korsmo|Published 26 April 2021|Category: News

California and Norway have a close relationship, with close collaboration on issues of climate, energy and sustainability. The 27th and 28th of April, there will be a virtual visit that aims to enhance the relationship. The event will be opened by HRH Prince Haakon of Norway. 

Both countries have ambitious climate targets, and working together opens up major opportunities. We both have strong coastal cultures. Innovation and shared interest for technology development and deployment can promote value creation and a sustainable future. Working together can also enhance trade and investment that will enable growth of new industries, jobs and growth as California and Norway transition to a net zero future.

We encourage Energy Valley members to take part in the event, which will be online and free to attend. Register here


Photo by Norwayevent / Studio: Myreze

DAY 1: 27th April 18.00-20.00 CEST

Opening and welcome. With Ambassador Anniken Krutnes.

High-level conversation. HRH Crown Prince Haakon in conversation with Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide, focusing on exchange of ideas on the need for sustainable societal solutions and new technology in order to achieve our common ambitious climate goals.

Visit to UC Berkeley. HRH Crown Prince Haakon visits UC Berkeley. He is greeted by Dr. Robert Strand and engages in conversations with three students on the topic of sustainability and value creation, and why our academic cooperation is important today and for the future.

Visit to Stanford University. HRH Crown Prince Haakon visits Stanford University and He will have a conversation with professor Tina Seelig and Håkon Haugli, CEO of Innovation Norway, on the importance of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and the relevance and implications for business and academia.

Photo by Norwayevent / Studio: Myreze

DAY 2: 28th April 18.00-21.00 CEST

Opening and welcome by HRH Crown Prince Haakon, Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Minister of Trade and Industry, Iselin Nybø and Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tina Bru

This session will discuss shared values and ambitions to address climate change while balancing the need for sustainable economic growth post-Covid pandemic.

Signing of the MOU between: Dee Dee Myers, Director, Go-Biz and Håkon Haugli, CEO, Innovation Norway

Panel 1: Zero Emission Mobility on land and sea

The panel will discuss ZEV-related market opportunities in California, share experiences from Norway’s EV roll out, and discuss on-sea electrification and Norwegian examples of technological innovation in the ZEV ecosystem.

  • Moderator Natalia Olson- Urtecho
  • Commissioner, Patty Monahan, California
  • Liane Randolph, Chair of the California Air Resources Board, , California
  • Torun Degnes, CEO at SAMS Norway
  • Sture Portvik, Manager for electro mobility of the City of Oslo

Panel 2: Offshore Wind and getting to 100 Percent Clean Energy

This panel will discuss how California policy makers envisage reaching SB100’s ambitious goals, the role OSW could play, and important questions around supply chain, infrastructure requirements, local content, and workforce training needed to stand up an offshore wind industry. Norwegian companies will share their experience from Norway and other locals around the world.

  • Moderator Natalia Olson-Urtecho
  • Commissioner Karen Douglas, California
  • Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen, California
  • Astrid Skarheim Onsum, CEO, Aker Offshore Wind
  • Siri Espedal Kindem, President of Equinor Wind U.S.

Panel 3: Funding the Net Zero Transition

This panel will discuss how public and private entities can support innovative technology to address climate change, the impact of the taxonomy related to economic, social, and governance (ESG) goals, and innovative funding models to propel the adoption of sustainable measures and scaling sustainable tech companies in the future.

  • Moderator Natalia Olson- Urtecho
  • Kate Gordon, Director at the Office of Planning and Research, California
  • Siri Kalvig, CEO, Nysnø
  • Thina Saltvedt, Chief Analyst, Sustainable Finance at Nordea Bank

Read more and register here