Vestland, Norway
20/03/2023 - 15:00

Upscaling and Upskilling! Breaking down the barriers for a green transition

The new Green Deal Industrial Plan along with the drive for renewable energy, critical raw materials and the changing landscape for state aid create a backdrop for this event. Innovation experts will discuss tools and methodology to overcome the barriers to greening our industries through collaboration, circularity, upscaling and skills. 

Vestland will present Green Region Vestland, a strategy to address industrial transition in the region which is specialised within the ocean and energy sectors. This strategy paves the way for future green and innovative industrial development in the region and is based on contributions from a wide range of stakeholders. Join us for an exciting programme, firstly for the event from 15:00-17:00 and then for the reception from 17:00 to 18:30. You are welcome to register for one or both arrangements.

Please register here by 15 March.



15.00    Welcome - Rune Bakervik, Governing City Mayor of Bergen City Council  

15.10    An introduction to Vestland County - Jon Askeland, County Mayor for Vestland 

15.25    “From black to green” – Green Region Vestland, taking smart specialisation a step further – Lasse Hansen, Hub Coordinator and Senior Advisor Vestland County Council 

15.40    Panel discussion: Inputs and outputs for green value chains - exploiting ALL our resources for industrial transition. 

This panel discussion with invited European and innovation experts will examine how we can approach the need for transition through collaboration with European partners, upscaling new technologies and demonstration projects as well as tackling skills gaps. 

17.00 Closing remarks from representatives of the Vestland Strategic Business Forum 

17.00 - 18.30 Networking Reception with light refreshments 

Moderator: Merete Mikkelsen, Director, West Norway Office 

This event is arranged as part of a delegation visit from Vestland Strategic Business Forum. The forum is a partnership between top-level management representing organisations from business and social organisations, higher education and research and the public sector in Vestland, Norway.