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Waste Management and Waste Infrastructure Market in GCC countries
The GCC countries rank among the highest waste generating countries per capita in the world. Estimates of the total amount of waste generated in the GCC range from 90 million to 150 million metric tons annually.

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Water & Waste Water Infrastructure Challenges in GCC Countries
The challenge of keeping pace with rapid population growth in the Gulf region is creating constant bottlenecks, especially in the infrastructure and wastewater management sectors. Member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are addressing the challenge with massive development plans projecting steady population and economic growth until 2030.

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Polish municipal delegation studies circular waste management on Norway visit
Against the background of the EU's ambitious waste management targets, Norwegian and Polish stakeholders met on Wednesday 14 September in Drammen.

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Future of waste management tops the agenda in Poland
At several recent high-level gatherings, Green Business Norway had the opportunity to share experiences and talk strategy with Polish decision makers.

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Great interest in green technology at BI program launch in Abu Dhabi
Representatives of Nordic embassies and companies joined their local partners from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi on 21 January to launch the green business intelligence program for the region.

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Nordic green partnership launches in Abu Dhabi, UAE
As Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week gets under way, Green Business Norway (GBN), Green Net Finland and Nordic Innovation are launching the next phase of their business intelligence program for the Gulf region.

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Bulgarian delegation in Norway to study sustainable waste to energy
In October 2015, Green Business Norway played host to an official delegation from Bulgaria, showing the visitors three sustainable, future-oriented waste to energy options.

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Telemark–Lubelskie partnership centres on green business
A delegation from the Lubelskie region visited Telemark last week. After a tour of the county, Sławomir Sosnowski, governor of the Lubelskie region, and Terje Riis-Johansen, convener of Telemark county council, signed a wide-ranging cooperation agreement between the two regions.

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Norwegian prime minister meets Green Business Norway
On Tuesday 18 August, Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg visited Klosterøya in Skien, a hub of knowledge-based businesses, including the head office of Green Business Norway. Over lunch with the prime minister, local business representatives proudly promoted the diverse and innovative economy of the Grenland region.

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Norwegian cleantech shows the way at EcoForum in Poland
The sixth EcoForum conference took place on 10 and 11 June this year. Once again, the conference proved to be a productive forum for both countries’ participants in the inter-regional cooperation program between Telemark in Norway and Lubelskie in Poland.

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Gulf region a land of promise for recycling and green energy
With several recycling demonstration projects under way in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the outlook for business development in the region is promising, according to Green Business Norway (GBN).

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Grand launch
of Romania's TOMRA-based recycling system

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Renewable energy from bales of straw
Last week, regional government representatives from Lubelskie in Poland and Telemark in Norway met in England for a closer look at the Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant.

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The Polish parliament targets best practice in sustainable waste management
A Polish-Norwegian initiative recently brought over 100 people together at the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, for a seminar to discuss the latest trends in waste management.

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Poland and Norway discuss the future of waste management
The fast-changing waste management sector is facing some key strategic decisions regarding its future direction. In recent years, Green Business Norway has actively promoted the exchange of best practice between Poland and Norway.

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Waste to energy - environmentally friendly AND profitable?
That was the question asked of panellists at one of the many panel discussions during this year's Energy Forum, which took place in Karpacz, Poland.

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GBN was one of the hosts when His Royal Highness The Crown Prince visited Klosterøya Business Park in Skien
The position of the Norwegian Cleantech industry now and in a five-year perspective was among the topics discussed with His Royal Highness.

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Ennox Oil: Cleantech breakthrough
Ennox Oil Solutions is a good example of a new business opportunity resulting from the intersection of two very different sectors of the economy. In this case, some innovators offering industrial waste treatment solutions encountered some fellow innovators offering solutions for oil well stimulation.

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Member Spotlight: TergoPower aims for key role in modernizing Poland’s energy system
The goal is to build a viable company with growth potential based on sustainable utilization of biomass as an energy source. Since its establishment in 2009, TergoPower has focused on the
Polish market and has succeeded in positioning itself as an
important partner for regional authorities.

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Miljøbil Grenland: A midget flexes its muscles
Miljøbil Grenland made no secret of its change of direction during the first quarter of 2011. Bernt Ausland, the company’s CEO, clasps his hands and pretends he is shaking dice: “New deal.”

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Norner tightens grip on growth
Having made steady progress and with its original ambition well established, Norner – the privately owned research institute – is set to continue its exciting course.
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Poland and Norway look into straw as a renewable energy source

A bilateral meeting of representatives from the Lubelskie region of Poland and Telemark county council in Norway took place on 7 April in the British town of Grantham, ahead of a study visit to the nearby Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant.

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From Telemark county council: Lise Wiik, deputy chair, and Trond Kjellevold, senior international adviser.
From Green Business Norway: Anna Larsson, Market Director Poland.
From the Lubelskie region: Slawomir Sosnowski, Governor, Krzysztof Hetman MEP, Krzysztof Buczynski, Michal Dec, Deputy Mayor of Biłgoraj, Jaroslaw Bondyra, Deputy Chair of Biłgoraj city council, and Wieslaw Rozynski, mayor of Biłgoraj.
From TergoPower: representatives from the biomass logistics department under the leadership of CEO Øystein H. Kvarme.

The Norwegian company TergoPower plans to invest in several renewable energy plants in Poland, where coal is still the primary raw material used to produce electricity. TergoPower wants to build plants that will produce electricity using biomass, and has found a natural base for its operations in the agricultural region of Lubelskie.

Renewable energy in Poland’s larder
“We build value chains based on proximity to the energy sources. This is one of the reasons why Lubelskie was an obvious first choice for us – it’s Poland’s larder,” explained Einar O. Vangsnes, founder of TergoPower, on a previous occasion.

Slawomir Sosnowski, governor of the region, underlined the importance of Polish–Norwegian interregional cooperation to Lubelskie. The regional authorities in Lubelskie view TergoPower’s investment plans as a significant contribution to the development of both renewables and the local economy. Exchange programmes are in place between universities in Lubelskie and Telemark, funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. Contact has also been established between upper-secondary schools in Lublin and Porsgrunn with a view to starting joint projects to promote young entrepreneurship.

The Polish delegation in Grantham included the former governor of Lubelskie, Krzysztof Hetman, who is now a Member of the European Parliament. He is positive about the cooperation between Lubelskie and Telemark as well, and claims that this kind of investment is very important and contributes to Lubelskie region development.

The Polish delegation visited Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant in Lincolnshire on 8 April, joined by representatives from Green Business Norway and TergoPower. The visitors were able to observe the pioneering green biomass technology, which offers an efficient way to extract green energy from straw and thus an extremely attractive source of income for farmers in the Lincolnshire area.

Interregional cooperation agreement to be signed in autumn 2015
Lise Wiik, deputy chair of Telemark county council, has invited representatives from Lubelskie to Telemark in the autumn, when the parties will sign the cooperation agreement.

Wiik said she was grateful to have had the opportunity to meet Slawomir Sosnowski and Krzysztof Hetman in Grantham. She emphasised how pleased she was with TergoPower’s investment plans for the Lubelskie region. The investment will be one of Norway’s largest in Poland to date.

“I look forward to discovering more areas for cooperation and I hope that the delegates from Lubelskie will tell us a little about how they have been able to exploit their UNESCO World Heritage status to benefit the region. Telemark county council is in the process of applying for World Heritage status for its industrial heritage,” Lise Wiik said, ahead of the meeting.

Green Business Norway is the coordinating body for the interregional cooperation between Telemark county council and the Lubelskie region in Poland.


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