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Centre for Sustainability and Energy

BI Center for Sustainability and Energy promotes sustainable development through research, teaching and active cooperation with other academic institutions, the business community, governmental bodies and NGOs.


    • Monday, 21 September 2020 - Coolcrowd: Is crowdfunding a climate solution?

      New report in the Coolcrowd-project describes Norwegians’ attitudes to crowdfunding climate measures in the agricultural sector.

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      The report, written by researchers at the Centre for Sustainability and Energy, gives insights into the findings of workpackage 4 “public engagement for local crowdfunding of climate measures”. It summarizes the findings of a representative national survey of 1500 respondents and describe the Norwegian public’s attitudes towards crowdfunding, Norwegian agriculture, climate change and different financing models for climate measures.

      Of four climate solutions, respondents indicate that solar panels on barns are the most popular climate technology, for which respondents indicate an average willingness to pay of 186 NOK through a crowdfunding campaign. On average each respondent is willing to pay 161 NOK each for any climate measure. About half of the sample say it is important that the supported measures have proven climate effects. Still, one fifth indicate wiliness to support novel climate measures, not yet tested at large scale in Norwegian agriculture. Roughly 50% indicate that they prefer to support farmers in their local neighbourhood.

      (The report is only available in Norwegian).

    • Thursday, 19 March 2020 - Offshore renewable energy production: Conditions for generating a new export industry

      Professor Jon Lereim moderates a panel debate between Industry Executive Maria Moræus Hanssen, Research Director Martin Smedstad Foss from IFE, and Senior Advisor for Sustainable Finance Thina Saltvedt from Nordea Bank, on the prospect of offshore renewable energy production in general, and floating wind in particular, becoming a new Norwegian export industry.