Innovative Norway Rallying for Congress

Mar 8, 2024

The Norwegian forest stakeholders are increasing their engagement in the IUFRO World Congress 2024. At the kick-off meeting in Oslo, Norway about 30 different stakeholders showed their commitment to the Congress.

The upcoming World Congress has been building up speed for the finishing three months leading up to the opening day of the Congress. At a rally meeting held at the Forestry Department in Oslo, many ground-breaking Norwegian contributions to a sustainable future for forests and society were highlighted.

“The Congress presents an exceptional platform for showcasing the prowess of Norwegian products, systems, and innovations on an international stage,” says Rune Hedegart from the Research Institute Nibio.

The participants discussed the many significant strides in the digitalization of the forest sector, with its Norwegian landmarks in this field being notably advanced. The latest, fourth-generation digital innovations are set to enhance the efficiency of the Norwegian forest sector dramatically. This digital revolution is poised to transform various aspects, including forest information management, silviculture practices, operational procedures, wood supply logistics, and the overarching digital information flow within the sector, heralding a new era of productivity and sustainability.

Another noteworthy Norwegian innovation discussed was advanced biofuel, a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of the transportation sector, very suitable for aircrafts. The fuel is produced from biomass from raw materials that cannot become food, such as waste, residues, and cellulose-containing material. This advanced biofuel can reduce carbon emissions by up to 95 percent.

A final Norwegian contribution possibly on display this summer is found in the construction sector, where Norway’s development and use of wood instead of concrete in complex housing construction stands out. The development is propelled by a policy change increasing the demand for using sustainable materials. Wood can, in most cases, replace other non-renewable materials and significantly reduce the total CO2 emissions of a building.

“Wood products are increasingly important for future sustainable constructions. The Congress is a great venue for us to display our work and use of wood, says Kjersti Kinderås, cluster manager at WoodWorks!.