Climate change has impacts on natural diversity, food production, health and infrastructure. Norges Vel has been looking for solutions to this problem since long before it became a commonly discussed issue. Among other things we contribute with solutions to make farms more responsibly powered with solar power and bio-energy.
Agriculture accounts for 9% of Norway's emmisions, and is therefore an important factor of Norway's climate impact as a whole. Norges Vel works towards a green shift with climate friendly solutions in energy production and utilisation of excess primary resources that would otherwise be wasted.
Local and environmentally friendly energy production
Solar power and bio-energy is local and environmentally friendly. In addition to this it can provide extra revenue for farms.
By converting muck into biogas the farmer not only has more green energy, he can use the waste from the production as a fertilizer. Biogas has a natural spot in a sustainable cycle, but certain farms struggle to make biogas extraction economically viable. Norges Vel has identified bottlenecks that are hindering the profitability of the extraction in an attempt to increase its adoption.
One of the groups that Norges Vel cooperates with is The Norwegian Solar Energy Society where one of our advisors is secretary general. Increased solar power capacity contributes to the self-sufficiency of Norwegian agriculture. The combination of large roof space and high energy requirements in the summer when the solar power has highest potential is what makes it interesting for farmers.
Solutions for primary waste resources in a circular economy
Norges Vel is concerned with making sure waste from primary resources is reused and recycled. Our work helps make sure that resources stay in the production cycle for the longest possible amount of time. This is environmentally friendly as well as economically sensible. Our projects contribute to minimising the use of raw materials and reduce waste, emissions and energy.
Throughout our work in creating local supply chains of renewable energy, we are also working on solutions to the issue of waste of raw materials and biodegradeable waste. Romerike biogas plant (RBA), treats sorted waste from the inhabitants of Oslo. The plant can treat 50 000 tonnes of food waste a year. Norges Vel har has found and recommended a system for the use of biodegradeable waste and are working to acquaint potential users in the agricultural sector with it. In addition to this we are working on other waste materials, for example fish chum to see if it could have uses in soil nutrition replenishment in organic agriculture. There is a large deficit of ecological fertiliser and we are dedicated to finding new, sustainable fertilisers for the ecological farming sector, hopefully based on raw material waste.
Cooperation, organisation and knowledge sharing
For us Norwegians it is important that value created locally stays in the community. Diligent organisation and good deals between local ventures gives a strengthened position and a greater influence. We are also engaged in making sure the results of our projects are shared so that others may benefit from them.
We achieve that by:
- Establishing strong cooperative solutions between businesses
- Establishing associations and forums for knowledge sharing and cooperation
- Developing guides and informational booklets
- Running courses and educational seminars