Other members include Connie Hedegaard, former EU Climate Commisioner, Tomas Kårberger, former Head of the Swedish Energy Agency and Gudni Johannesson, General Director at the Islandic Energy Agency.
The committee is established by Nordic Energy Research, a platform for cooperative energy research and policy development under the auspices of Nordic Council of Ministers – the intergovernmental body between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
The Nordic region has ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions and its dependence of fossil fuels, and at the same time create new growth industries based on green technology. Nordic Energy Research funds research of joint Nordic interest that supports these ambitions by expanding knowledge on sustainable energy and contributing to the development of new, competitive energy solutions.
Nordic Energy Research manages a number of projects and facilitates ministerial working groups that provide input to energy technology policy-making in the Nordic region.
Nordic Energy Research has a unique strength in that the governance structure is closely connected to both the national political systems of the five Nordic countries as well as the intergovernmental Nordic system. The board and other committees and project steering groups consist not only of representatives from national funding agencies, but also from national energy authorities, ministries and the Nordic Council of Ministers secretariat. This creates a constant interaction between research strategies, results and key issues on the political agenda.