Statkraft awards NOK 5 million to climate and development projects

18.08.2011 08.00 | pressrelease

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(Oslo, 18. august 2011) Statkraft has awarded a total of NOK 5 million to Norwegian Church Aid, Renewable World, Norwegian People’s Aid, Energiråd Innlandet, Grane Næringsutvikling and the Ny-Ålesund Symposium. The donation takes place through the Statkraft Fund.

– This year’s awards reflect the diversity of national and international energy and climate projects. This is in line with Statkraft’s efforts to fight climate change and develop more renewable energy in Norway, Europe and the rest of the world, says CEO Christian Rynning-Tønnesen of Statkraft.

Norwegian Church Aid will receive a total of NOK 1.5 million for two projects. One of the projects will focus on the development and operation of small-scale hydro power plants in Laos. The other project offers farmers in Vietnam clean energy, better sanitation and effective management of agricultural waste through biogas plants.

Renewable World will receive NOK 1 million to develop biogas plants for small-scale farmers in Nepal. The organisation is based in the UK and cooperates with the organisation Renewable UK of which Statkraft already is a member and the European Wind Energy Association.

Norwegian People’s Aid will receive NOK 1 million for their water program in Somalia. This program will provide clean drinking water by securing water sources and develop infrastructur for water distribution.

Grane Næringsutvikling will receive NOK 375.000 to facilitate public fishing spots in the municipalities of Grane and Hattfjelldal, Norway. The main goal of the project is to strengthen tourism and cultural-based business in the region.

Energiråd Innlandet will receive NOK 125.000 to its’ efforts to increase the interest for environmental and climate issues among youth. One of the planned activities is a climate conference during autumn 2011.

The Ny-Ålesund Symposium will receive NOK 1 million, in line with previous years’ decisions. The Symposium annually gathers researchers, politicians and business leaders from all over the world to discuss climate and environmental issues at Svalbard.

The Statkraft Fund has been established to support public interest purposes. The fund awards up to NOK 5 million each year to NGOs, foundations or similar following application or initiatives from Statkraft’s corporate management.

Statkraft is Europe's leader in renewable energy. The group develops and generates hydropower, wind power, gas power and district heating, and is a major player on the European energy exchanges. Statkraft has 3 300 employees in more than 20 countries.