Successful start for earthresQue

NMBU's rector Sjur Baardsen opened the first part of the official program, and gave a nice introduction to what earthresQue will mean, both for NMBU and Norwegian society.

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- I am incredibly proud that NMBU houses this project, said Baardsen.

- It is a good example of how important the efforts of academia and researchers are to achieve a sustainable and knowledge-based societal development.

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- Cooperation across sectors and professional environments is absolutely essential for us to succeed in making the world livable for future generations.

In the continuation of the program, Maren Hersleth Holsen, State Secretary in the Ministry of Climate and the Environment, spoke about the importance of the SFI centers and other interdisciplinary projects for the transition to the circular economy of the future.

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- This restructuring is crucial to preserve the environment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to facilitate sustainable consumption. In addition, it is crucial to ensure further economic growth in both Norway and the rest of the World, as well as ensure green competitiveness for Norwegian business and industry.
 
Cecilie Lind, CEO of Avfall Norge, spoke about the long experience Avfall Norge has with recycling raw materials.
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- In Avfall Norge's industrial policy program, we have stated that there is no sustainable future without recycling of raw materials. We know that 50% of climate emissions and 90% of the loss of biodiversity are linked to the management of natural resources. It is at the heart of what earthesQue is working on.

The second part of the program included presentations from Hilmar Thor Sævarsson, earthresQue board leader, Helen K. French, Centre Director and Gudny Okkenhaug, Centre Vice-Director.

Sævarsson gave an overview of the environmental footprint and what significance it has for available resources and how important it is to join the green shift. French presented the project idea around the establishment of earthresQue SFI and key figures for the project. Okkenhaug introduced work plans for 2021. The event ended with a Christmas greeting from the center manager and deputy manager.
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hilmar

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Totalt sett deltok over 70 personer på arrangementet, inkludert representanter fra de 33 prosjektpartnerne fra privat, offentlig og kommunal sektor.

Streaming til kick-off er tilgjenglig her.

Published 11. February 2021 - 14:45 - Updated 11. February 2021 - 14:47