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"Energy efficiency in industry is essential"

In recent years, Enova and Hydro have worked closely together to develop exciting technology to reduce energy consumption in production processes.
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Nils Kristian Nakstad, CEO Enova SF. (Photo: Johnsen, Arne Morten Lundberg)

"If we are to contribute to a society that consumes energy resources more efficiently,
it makes sense to work closely with the companies leading the way and those with the best follow through," says Enova CEO Nils Kristian Nakstad.

"With its more than 100 year history, Hydro is
a prime example of a company that combines innovation with the ability to achieve significant results. Hydro has ambitious goals throughout its entire value chain and is well positioned to widely apply innovation and improvements," emphasizes Nakstad.

Industry major user of energy

"Enova is committed to a permanent change in energy consumption and this is why we cooperate closely with industry: the user of one third of energy in Norway. Within the aluminium industry energy stands for about a third of the total cost in the production of primary metal. As a result, initiatives that reduce energy use will positively affect the bottom line and also improve the energy and climate impact for the company and Norway," he stresses.

"Norway is rich in energy resources, and it makes sense to use renewable energy to produce products that are in demand internationally. So it also makes sense to focus on developing Norwegian resources like new technologies and renewable energy. If, in addition, the framework conditions are predictable, opportunities can be created for a new era for the metal industry in Norway."

"Enova's goal is that all Norwegian manufacturing companies will have a clearly defined plan for environmentally friendly and energy efficient operations by 2015. In light of this, how do you assess Hydro's activities and ambitions?"

Climate and energy challenges must be solved largely through technology development. Innovative solutions must be able to be implemented on a large scale, by any company, through both the introduction of new processes and modifications to existing facilities. Hydro currently has a strong commitment to the development of the core process: what happens in the electrolytic cells. We see this as commendable, since it is here the bulk of the energy is consumed and most greenhouse gases are produced.

Making ambitious goals more realistic

"What are Enova's best means of promoting energy efficiency and climate positive solutions?"

"Advice and financial support: to make it even more likely that the ambitious goals can be achieved. "We like to challenge 'the market' to make good choices," says Nakstad and points out that Enova has identified several ways to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

"Consumption patterns in Norway reflect the abundant supply of energy we have enjoyed for decades. Herein lie significant business opportunities," concludes Nils Kristian Nakstad.

Updated: March 22, 2012
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