The Explorer’s definition of green
The Explorer operates with a very broad definition of “green”:
Green solutions are defined as technologies, products and processes that reduce impact, directly or indirectly, on the environment compared to their current alternatives.
The EU has a timeline for going green
In line with the Paris Agreement, the EU is aiming to be a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. On the way there, climate and energy targets have been set for 2030:
* At least 40 per cent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels)
* At least 32 per cent share for renewable energy
* At least 32.5 per cent improvement in energy efficiency
Based on this timeline, solutions are divided into three rough groups:
It is very important to note that developments are not static, or even linear. Solutions that were once considered a utopian dream, can be practically implemented tomorrow. Other solutions that were once considered a key to reducing emissions, can now come up short. And there is always a good measure of uncertainty
Examples from The Explorer
Norwegian Technology – treatment of wastewater from industry, including the petroleum industry
Egil Ulvan Rederi – LNG electric cargo ship
These are categorised as medium term because they are part of the broader fossil fuel sector, and this sector will play a significantly smaller role in the carbon-neutral economy after 2050.
Long term/dark green
WINNS – tap water heat pumps and cooling systems using carbon dioxide as a refrigerant
Kongsberg Digital – EmPower software for wind farm management
Borregaard/Exilva – wood-based additive to replace oil-based additive
In general, what are green solutions?
They include solutions for:
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions directly or indirectly.
Reducing air pollution such as NOx, particulate matter etc.
Renewable energy production.
Waste to energy.
Increasing energy efficiency.
Improving utilisation of renewable bio-based resources.
Improving utilisation of inorganic resources, minerals and other non-renewable resources.
*NB! Solutions that only increase the efficiency of oil and gas recovery,
or other traditional industries, and do not contribute to solving an environmental problem are not considered green.*
Recycling, reuse, improving utilisation of residual raw materials and the circular economy.
Water and wastewater treatment.
Reducing use of chemicals, antibiotics and other hazardous substances.
Read the full criteria for publishing a green solution here.