Bio4Energy are launching major initiatives to make researchers from different disciplines collaborate with each other and with industry to make northern Sweden lead the way in adapting to and countering climate change, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).Two of the partner universities in the research environment
Luleå University of Technology (LTU) in northernmost part of Sweden takes aim at basic industry in the region—sectors that draw on forest trees, mining ore or dams or waterfalls for hydropower—to carry out the transition to a sustainable economy.
“Meeting the climate [change] goals and transforming basic industry requires an increased use of northern Sweden’s natural resources. We need new technology and new methods; new products and new solutions for fossil-free electrification, energy storage, efficient use of raw materials and use of byproducts”, said a press release from LTU.
“Industry’s transition is going to require a great number of skilled people. We need to create attractive conditions for them to come here”, according to Söderholm.
A number of LTU’s academic divisions are involved. Industrial partners are hydropower provider Vattenfall, companies in the mining sector LKAB, Lunding Mining, Boliden and Epirock. So too are technology provider ABB and trade unions Swedish Forest Industries and Svemin.
SUN is launched on the back of UTRI, Umeå Transformation Research Initiative, which has a focus on bringing researchers from different academic disciplines together at Umeå University (UmU) to create “creative collaborations” that will contribute to reaching the UN SDGs.
Swedish public service television published a video clip and an article, both in Swedish:
Därför är Norrbotten och Västerbotten bäst i världen på klimatomställning, SVT Nyheter Norrbotten