Belarus joined Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP) in 2010 and the first phase of wastewater treatment projects in Vitebsk, Grodno and Brest has now entered an implementation phase. NDEP grants of EUR 6 million have attracted IFI loans and additional bilateral grants from Finland and Sweden. The total financing package for the three cities is approximately EUR 70 million. Encouraged by this success, Belarus pledged new funds to NDEP to finance the next phase of additional wastewater treatment investments, potentially worth around EUR 56 million. For this purpose, NEFCO signed a Framework Agreement with the Government of Belarus on 20 January in London to step up their activities to protect the environment in the Northern Dimension Area.
Nordic Council of Ministers has published a new issue of the web magazine "Green Growth the Nordic Way" that focuses on climate financing and parliamentary follow-up to COP21 (the 2015 Paris Climate Conference). This issue looks at two factors, namely the role of the elected parliamentarians to ensure climate action and the possibilities to secure a better financing for green investments.
Read the "Green Growth the Nordic Way"
European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report on the European environment. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the European environment’s state, trends and prospects, and places it in a global context.
Link to the report: The European environment — state and outlook 2015 report (SOER2015)
Northern Dimension Future Forum on Environment: Black carbon and Climate Change in the European Arctic, 19 Nov 2018, Brussels
VENUE: Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Nordic Energy Research, in cooperation with NordForsk, is facilitating the call process on behalf of the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus partners.
ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus is an initiative of funding programmes from 21 European countries and regions. The overall goal of ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus is to support knowledge-sharing between European smart grids initiatives by promoting and financing joint projects. This document is an invitation to respond to the 2016 joint transnational call for smart grids projects in Europe. The total available budget is approximately €20 million.
Deadline for application is June, 15.
For further information, please visit the Nordic Energy Research website.
Lead Partner: Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Finland
This project aims to strengthen cross border cooperation in energy management to increase business cooperation among South Kola region in Russia, Finnish Lapland and Norrbotten Sweden.
Project Partners: Autonomous non-commercial organization Nenets Energy Efficiency and Cleaner Production Center (Russia); North-Western United Power Generating Company, Narjan-Mar Branch (Russia); FCG Finnish Consulting Group Oy (Finland); Municipal Unitary Enterprise Amdermaservice, Nenets Autonomous Okrug (Russia)
The Project aims to support cross-border cooperation of the participating Russian and Finnish neighbouring regions in wider use of renewable energy sources thus contributing to increase of their environmental and economic sustainability and accessibility as well as to reduction of their periphery and economic dependency on more developed regions.
- Refsgaard, Karen
- Teräs, Jukka
- Kull, Michael
- Oddsson, Geir
- Jóhannesson, Torfi
- Kristensen, Iryna
The Rapidly Developing Nordic Bioeconomy is a reprint of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ State of the Nordic Region 2018. The new bioeconomy, and the general shift from a fossil-based to a bio-based economy, is an area with vast potential for the entire Nordic Region, although it is more relevant to some geographical areas than to others.
The project “Energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in Kaliningrad Oblast” (RENSOL) is ending after almost three years. NDI has been one of the project partners and Baltic Development Forum (BDF) has led the implementation work. Now there is a story about the RENSOL project in the latest BDF Newsletter. You can find the Newsletter here.
The project’s key focus was on energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy solutions (RES) in Kaliningrad Oblast. The overall project objective was to enable partners in Kaliningrad – in collaboration with Nordic partners – to tackle climate change challenges more effectively through EE and RES solutions, and thereby supporting the cross-border and cross-level cooperation.
For more information about the RENSOL, please see project's website http://www.rensol.eu/
Report: Energy and Transport – Key results and recommendations (2014)
Filip Ehrle Elveling (Editor), Hans-Olof Dahlberg, Hans Fridberg, Lars Hasselager-Olsen, Ágústa Loftsdóttir, Lars Nilsson, Mogens Schrøder Bech, Erlend Solem, Per-Andre Torper and Tom Warras
The Energy and Transport programme, spanning from 2010 to 2014, has aimed to contribute to making the Nordic region a leading region in Europe for developing, demonstrating and using new, sustainable energy technologies in the transportation sector.
This report summarises the programme’s results and key recommendations, pointing to a successful outcome with novel project ideas, new Nordic partnerships and combined research efforts. The Nordic countries are, though having a lot in common, different in many aspects. It is when combining these differences to achieve mutually beneficial results that the Nordic region can really become a leading region of new, innovative technology developments in sustainable transportation.
Nordic Energy Research