“We are clearly in a position to contribute to a green industry. Competence and technology from oil and gas is vital for offshore wind, subsea mining and aquaculture”, says Ellingsen, after the meeting in Stavanger Monday.
Members of the committee on green competitiveness are Connie Hedegaard and Idar Kreutzer. They will study national and international parameters, challenges and opportunities, and propose measures for strengthening and further developing green competitiveness in Norwegian industry.
The committee intends to contribute to an informed public debate and will engage actively while preparing its proposals with industry, employer and industry associations, environmental organization and other relevant players.
As part of the committee’s work, it met Monday with top executives from oil and supplier companies, including companies like Statoil, Shell, BP Norge, Det Norske, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia, Repsol Norge, ExxonMobil, Lundin, Total, Wintershall, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Aibel, Kværner, Aker Solutions, Kongsberg Gruppen, Reinertsen, GCE NODE and Salmar.
The main topic was the adaptation of the oil and gas industry to, and its place in, a future low-emission society. This was addressed along two principal dimensions; within the industry, and contributions to other sectors. The committee of experts heard suggestions from the industry on how the sector can contribute in coming years.
”I have asked for a separate meeting with the committee to address the wider international aspects. Our companies have a more global focus, which extends beyond the questions raised in the meeting Monday”, says Ellingsen.