WWF and Statkraft to cooperate on sustainable energy

08.05.2009 08.00 | pressrelease

Today, WWF-Norway and Norwegian energy company Statkraft announced a collaboration which aims to curb global warming through the increased use of renewable energy.

“This agreement means we will have a close dialogue with Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, and that is very exciting! We, definitely, want more renewable energy, produced in a sustainable manner. Statkraft has many advantages - they are a market leader with expertise and interesting technology, while we know a lot about nature and environmentally friendly energy production,” says secretary general Rasmus Hanson of WWF.

“We look forward to a good collaboration with WWF on the development of clean energy. WWF has a broad and unique international presence in all of Statkraft’s focus markets, and have significant expertise in on local biological, political and cultural factors,” says CEO Bård Mikkelsen of Statkraft.

The agreement will be signed by CEO Bård Mikkelsen of Statkraft and secretary general Rasmus Hanson of WWF-Norway. This is the first agreement WWF-Norge enters with a producer of renewable energy.

The purpose of the cooperation between Statkraft and WWF, is to work together to curb greenhouse gas emissions by:

  • Increasing production of renewable energy to replace fossil energy sources.
  • Increasing the sustainability of renewable energy production.
  • Contributing to developing economies’ needs for renewable energy.
  • Increasing the awareness of the Norwegian public in regard to the need for increased production of renewable energy.

WWF is the world’s largest and most experienced independent organisation for the conservation of nature and the environment. The organisation runs 1,200 conservation projects in about 100 countries and has close to 5,000,000 supporters. The activities of WWF is founded on scientific information, and the organisation achieves results through a combination of political campaigns, field projects, cooperation and dialogue, as well as information drives and education. WWF-Norway is a private, Norwegian foundation with about 40 employees at the secretariat in Oslo.

The Statkraft Group is Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy. The Group generates and develops hydropower, wind power, natural gas power and district heating, and is a major player on the European energy exchanges. Statkraft also develops solar power, marine power, osmotic power and other innovative energy solutions. Through its ownership in other companies, Statkraft delivers electricity and heating to some 600,000 customers in Norway. In 2008, the group had a turnover of NOK 25.1 billion. Statkraft employs almost 3,000 people in more than 20 countries.