Round table on climate
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit emphasised the role of young people in climate efforts during the Climate Roundtable hosted by Statkraft in the town of Jevnaker on Tuesday.
“Motivated young people are making an impressive effort to address climate change on the ground and push their governments to do more. It is crucial to share information and experience about projects, programmes and campaigns, so that others can learn from them and replicate the ones that work,” said the Crown Princess in her remarks.
The round table brought together climate researchers, representatives of NGOs, business leaders and other important voices for a discussion on challenges relating to climate change.
Last summer the Crown Princess served on the jury for the ClimateSHAPE competition, in which Global Shapers hubs from all over the world were challenged to create the best environmental project. The Global Shapers Community was established by the World Economic Forum in Davos, and consists of 364 hubs of young people under the age of 30 from all over the world.
“I was amazed to see all the brilliant ideas that came to life in this process,” said Crown Princess Mette-Marit. She then drew attention to the winning submission, the Kabadiwalla Connect waste management project created by the Global Shapers Hub in Chennai, India.
As a board member, the Crown Princess follows the activities of Global Shapers closely.
The role of the business sector
The next discussion addressed the role of the business sector in efforts to mitigate climate change. The opening speakers were Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Energy Sector’s Wind Power Division; Jens Ulltveit-Moe, CEO of the Umoe Group, a Norwegian investment company; and Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO of Statkraft.
The final session of the day focused on the demand for new solutions.