Greener and smarter? Transformations in five Norwegian industrial sectors
In this new report INTRANSIT researchers analyse how the industrial sectors respond to green and digital transformation pressures as well as opportunities.
The INTRANSIT research center studies smart and green industrial transformations in key Norwegian industries - oil and gas, maritime, aquaculture, manufacturing and process industries.
By drawing on perspectives from innovation and sustainability transition studies, we analyse how the industrial sectors respond to green and digital transformation pressures as well as opportunities.
The report show that while a green transformation is gathering momentum in the maritime sector, acceleration towards green transformation has yet to take place in most sectors. The other megatrend - digitalization - is seen as more of an opportunity than a challenge, and is connected to increasing cost-efficiency and competitiveness in global markets. However, in some sectors, such as the aquaculture sector, digital technologies are often applied to solve environmental issues.
Green and digital transformations in industrial sectors may thus have points of interaction, leading to complementary, but occasionally also conflicting, developments. Based on empirical findings we draw insights for green and digital transformation policy, and take note on how COVID-19 pandemic may affect ongoing and future transformations.
Read the entire report here.