Norway enters into green partnership with UK

Norway and the UK have agreed to establish a Green Industrial Partnership intended to promote closer economic cooperation relating to the green transition. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak met today in Gotland in connection with the Joint Expeditionary Force summit.

‘Norway will continue to be a stable and reliable supplier of energy and seeks to maintain a constructive and close relationship with the UK in this area. I am very pleased that Norway and the UK have now agreed to establish a forward-looking Green Industrial Partnership to promote the green transition and further strengthen economic cooperation between our two countries,’ Mr Støre said.

The present Norwegian Government has worked to establish a number of green industrial partnerships with, for example, the other Nordic countries, Germany, the EU and the US. The aim is to promote value creation and the green transition by securing access for Norwegian companies to markets, value chains, investments, and research, innovation and technology cooperation through targeted efforts towards selected markets. The industrial partnerships vary in scope and focus, reflecting the wide variation in Norway’s existing cooperation with these countries and regions, and diverging industrial interests.      

‘The UK and Norway are already working closely together to promote green industry. With the establishment of this Green Industrial Partnership, we are seeking to build on our already excellent cooperation in this area and to take a strategic approach to our joint efforts to promote value creation and the green transition,’ said Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre.

The two Prime Ministers also discussed the changed security situation since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the crisis in the Middle East, as well as the increasingly close cooperation on defence and security policy between Norway and the UK.

‘The UK is our most important ally in Europe. We cooperate extensively in the areas of defence and security policy. For example, Norway is working closely with the UK under Operation Interflex, the UK-led training programme for Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel. In the current security situation, we welcome the increased cooperation between UK and Norwegian sea and air forces,’ Mr Støre said.

Joint statement on the new partnership

We are delighted to announce that the UK and Norway, as global leaders driving the transition to more secure and clean energy, will develop an ambitious Green Industrial Partnership. The Green Industrial Partnership will explore new areas of collaboration including on critical national infrastructure as we develop future energy systems, offshore wind, low emission transport, including green shipping corridors and batteries for electric vehicles, and critical minerals.