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A climate headache is a challenge or dilemma defined by a conscious company, ready to be tackled by a brilliant cleantech startup.

Do you have an idea, a product ready to be piloted, or a scalable startup?

At the 2030 Summit you get the opportunity to meet corporations seeking innovative technology solutions to their climate challenges. They aren’t looking for just any kind of cleantech – they’ve defined climate headaches that need remedies. 

These corporations are available for 1:1 meetings at the 2030 Summit.

Check out last year's climate headaches below. This year's will be announced June 10th. 

Climate Headaches in 2023

Eidsiva / Green Mountain

“How to make high value of 500GWh excess heat in a circular way?”

Data centers are large consumers of electrical power. Most of this energy transforms into low temperature heat (25C) in water, and is not easily transported more than 2-3km without extensive insulation. At our planned data center site in Hamar alone, the heat-reuse potential could be 500 GWh. However, this will be an untapped resource unless we find a solution to the challenge. By exploiting and creating value from this resource we will be able to achieve more efficient use of the renewable power – the energy could then be used twice. Additionally, this will contribute to less stress on the grid, and reduced need for systematic upgrades. We are very intrigued by the possibilities of utilizing heat in bio-processes, but ideas and solutions should not be limited to bio. Green Mountain is dependent on partners to achieve the utilization we are seeking, as this falls outside our business scope.

What you should know about us: 

  • This climate headache is presented in a collaboration between Eidsiva and Green Mountain.

  • This topic is high on the agenda and well defined as a  strategic goal.

  • Land is available. Available power is limited.

  • The customer using data power inside the data center is external, and access to their equipment/processes is restricted.

  • The Hamar site will be set in operation Q4 2023. Other Green Mountain sites are in operation (Enebakk, Rjukan, Rennesøy) and might be subject to collaboration with startups.

Eidsiva has in collaboration with the local municipalities ensured regulation and availability of land areas for power-intensive businesses at the Heggvin site in Løten and Hamar, in the aim of contributing to business development in our home region which generate employment and has synergies with Eidsivas core businesses fiber and broadband, district heating and electricity grids. Green Mountain is the first business customer established at the Heggvin industry area, installing Norway’s largest data centre. Green Mountain will therefore own and operate the industry complex generating the large volume of excess heat, while Eidsiva has access to large plots of land regulated for industry purposes surrounding the data centre.



“How can Gjensidige best help farmers to take appropriate measures to cut climate emissions?”

Our role and responsibility is to contribute value propositions for farmers, damage preventing services and reducing climate emissions from our portfolio. We want to contribute to reducing climate emissions from the agriculture sector, and foremost emissions from farm buildings.


Gjensidige’s agriculture key account managers point to the lack of information on the farm buildings in our portfolio – i.e. age, size, construction, materials, energy source or use to be able to give relevant advice.


Today's situation costs our organization high risk of claims incidents (also linked to climate change), money for rebuilds and personal crisis for the farmers. We also have obligations to report the climate footprint of our insurance portfolio.



“How can Equinor create and/or implement a sustainable mooring system for offshore floating wind farms?”

Today’s floating offshore wind turbines are expensive and difficult to moor. Current industry practice is to keep floating offshore wind turbines in place using a number of mooring lines. There are not enough factories for production nor boats for installation to meet the 2030 climate targets the energy industry has set. The industry needs an alternative positioning system for wind turbines to remain in place in all types of weather. 


Today’s mooring system is unsustainable because:

  • There is a lack of production capacity worldwide

  • There are large climate gas emissions in the production of mooring lines, their transport, installation, operation and maintenance.

  • The lifecycle cost of the current mooring system is very high, making profitability poor


What you need to know about us: 

Extreme profits on oil & gas is a strong barrier to offshore wind transformation. 

However, we are very committed to solving this climate headache as it is critical to meet 2030 ambitions. A pilot is possible if a new positioning method comes along, and the TDI (Technology & Innovation) and REN (Renewables) are responsible for this project. 


Oslo kommune

“How can the City of Oslo make sure that usable computers are not left in offices and eventually end up as waste?”

The City of Oslo employs over 50 000 people in over 50 organizations with a decentralized decision system. When an employee quits there is no effective and user-friendly way of keeping track of where that computer ends up. If the computer is not in use for 90 days it automatically gets rolled out from support, in effect making it invisible. The local ICT-staff do not have the time and resources to gather in all of the unused PCs that end up in different offices.


Our role and responsibility is to procure and accommodate for circular solutions to reduce the City of Oslo’s consumption and prevent waste of ICT-equipment. The procurement department at UKE is already accommodating for reuse and repair services and platforms. However, if PCs continue to get “lost” it will reduce the amount of equipment that is sent into these reuse platforms.  


When a computer isn’t reused, it leads to the purchase of unnecessary new equipment and unnecessary waste. Leaders and ICT-employees in the City’s organizations point to these barriers to solving this problem: 

  • no routines or systems for traceability

  • decentralized responsibilities and ownership of equipment 

  • lack of resources to “track” lost equipment. 


What you should know about us: 

The City of Oslo purchases about NOK 30 billion in goods and services annually, and the need for innovation is growing. There are three different procurement levels you should know about when presenting your ideas and solutions to the City of Oslo: 

  • 100K NOK: The city can purchase a solution directly

  • 100K-1.3M NOK: The city is required to invite a minimum of 3 bidders to compete for the tender

  • Over 1.3M NOK: The project must be announced on Doffin, the procurement database


In addition, there are various opportunities available for piloting together with the City of Oslo. Read more here. As an example, several startups have been piloting through SmartOslo, a program that offers NOK 50,000-1M matching funding for pilot projects that solve significant challenges in areas such as climate, mobility, and social welfare.


Bergen kommune

“How can the water department at Bergen municipality treat and utilize excess materials from construction sites locally?” 

We want to contribute to solving the climate headache regarding circular management of excavated masses in projects in Bergen municipality.  


Excavated masses at current construction projects are transported out of the municipality instead of being treated or utilized locally. This happens despite the fact that there are possibilities for re-use of masses in local projects. Poor planning, tight schedules, lack of communication are some of the main reasons this occurs.


What you need to know about us: 

Bergen Vann’s role and responsibility as a municipalities’ agency is delivery of water- and sewage treatment services to the citizens. It includes replacement, repair and installation of new pipes which involves the need for excavation of different kinds of masses.


The solution to this particular climate headache would be used not only by Bergen Vann but also other agencies in the municipality. Bergen Vann has been working with mass circularity for a while now and has some quality data and information that could be useful in the project. An internal coordination-team that works with climate and energy related issues is in place.


The City of Bergen has the muscles and economy to purchase a solution that would contribute to solving this particular problem, through three different procurement levels: 

  • ≤ 100K NOK -  The city can purchase a solution directly

  • 100K-1.3M NOK - The city is required to invite a minimum of 3 bidders to compete for the tender

  • > 1.3M NOK - The project must be announced on Doffin, the procurement database

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“Statkraft is committed to mitigate our impact on biodiversity in a responsible way”

Today, when we build new production facilities nature is negatively impacted. In the future, we’d like the biodiversity impact to be as small as possible, and strive towards net-positive solutions. We would like your help to achieve this.


This is what you need to know about us: 

Our vision is to renew the way the world is powered.


“We act responsibly” is one of Statkraft’s values. Biodiversity and growing within planetary limits constitute one of four sustainability ambitions under our sustainability strategy.


Towards 2030: Creating value by enabling a net-zero future. At Statkraft, we have been making renewable energy possible for over a century – energy that the world needs now more than ever. The energy transition is accelerating with unprecedented speed, as countries across the world strengthen their climate ambitions. We are in the middle of a renewables revolution. 


As we lead the shift towards a renewable energy future, the number of energy installations will increase around the world. We are committed to managing the impacts on the environment caused by our activities in a responsible manner.


From construction to operations, we work to assess environmental risk, carefully weighing different concerns, and implementing mitigating activities. When constructing new power plants we use international good practice and guidance, and when in operation we follow environmental concessions and licenses. When building new production facilities, we feel the need to better analyse, document and/or find solutions that will contribute to a positive biodiversity impact.

GC Rieber Shipping

“How can GC Rieber Shipping interpret sensor data to learn how to design and maintain vessels in a more environmentally friendly way?”

Climate headache: 

GC Rieber Shipping is a project house that designs and develops new sustainable maritime vessel designs. The vessels under construction are hybrid vessels (battery/MDO). At the moment, the company is building two new SOV vessels (“Windkeepers”) for operation in offshore wind farms. Today we are in the process of retrieving LCA’s of our new contracted vessels, but the data for this LCA is static. 


The newbuild vessels will have thousands of sensors installed, providing us with maintenance data from our vessels when they are in operation. During the building process we receive data from the shipyard in Turkey. We can also gain weather data and other relevant data from offshore windparks. This gives us an opportunity to gain access to information that we can use when developing new vessel designs, making them even more environment friendly and enabling us to structure more efficient operation schedules for our service vessels and to prioritize our vessels maintenance needs.


Vessel owners and their customers (offshore wind farms) are most hit by the climate headache due to the vessels operations in the offshore wind farm. They point at gaining valuable insight in using dynamic data to make real impact decisions (GC Rieber Shipping) and CO2 reduction solutions reducing costs (windparks).


What you should know about us: 

The team behind this climate headache is the Chief Financial Officer, the Sustainability Manager in GC Rieber Shipping and the Innovation and Sustainability Manager in GC Rieber AS. Currently we have no ongoing projects to solve our climate headache, but going forward we are willing to allocate necessary resources for a solution that can meet our needs.

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“How can Telenor Norge establish a greener production platform for their Service Platforms and IT Infrastructure?”

Telenor is a leading telecommunications company, providing world class services to its customers. To ensure the best customer experience, Telenor needs enough capacity and redundancy in its production platform. The solutions and platforms for ensuring quality have great potential for optimized energy consumption, thus reducing the environmental impact, and cost. Today, the company lacks data of energy consumption linked to specific services. How can the services scale to match fluctuating customer consumption? How can we gain and track data of electricity expenditure? How can we challenge physical servers vs. virtualization? 

Within our organization, Service Platforms, and IT Infrastructure are most hit by the climate headache, and they point to a lack of relevant technology and know-how as barriers internally to address the issue. We are convinced partnering with knowledgeable and focused startups and scaleups can help Telenor address this issue and achieve measurable results. 


What you should know about us: 

Security is an important factor in any potential collaboration to solve this climate headache, and startups interested in collaborating with Telenor should be informed that insight will need to be somewhat restricted, as a full security clearing through NSM (Norsk Sikkerhetsmyndighet), will not be achievable within the timeframe. We still believe there are ways to address the climate headache successfully by providing enough information without compromising security. 


Although these efforts are started in Service Platforms and IT Infrastructure internally, we think there is great potential in other areas in Telenor with similar challenges. 



“We want to increase the share of used parts in car-reparations!”

We need to ensure that the quality of the used parts is sufficient. The car shops often cannot use the parts delivered from the car wreckers due to low quality. How can we secure the quality of the used parts to be on the level of new parts?


When used cars get broken, customers are unwilling to accept used parts as replacements. How can we alter the customers acceptance? How can we make the car shops recommend the replacements to be used parts?

What you need to know about us: 

A wide range of startups might be able to help us; anyone that works within establishing marketplaces, tracking of used-parts through the different steps and different owners, digital warehouse of used parts in any industry, quality assurance etc.

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