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'Nordic Talks Korea: Innovation for a Green Transition' webinar held on February 25

18.02.2021  06:14

Competitive and Green: Nordic embassies spark discussion on innovation for greener, more lucrative economy

(SEOUL) On February 25, the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden in Korea will co-host a webinar on how long-term public-private commitment on innovation is accelerating the decarbonisation of industries for a more sustainable and lucrative economy.

Titled ‘Nordic Talks Korea: Innovation for a Green Transition’, the event will bring together a panel of experts from the Nordic region and Korea to present and discuss best cases, insights, and learnings that will highlight how the public sector, private sector, and society can collaborate to incentivize the transition into a low emission economy.

The event will first focus on the green transition of the ocean space and maritime industries, followed by a session on the economic justification of going green and the role of the private sector. The webinar will be jointly moderated by Danish Ambassador Einar Jensen and Finnish Ambassador Pekka Metso, and will include an opening speech by Choi Yoon Jong, the Director-General of the Green Seoul Bureau at the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

The first session will look at renewable solutions for attaining carbon neutrality in the maritime sectors. Veronica Charlotte Haugan, Project Manager for Innovation at NCE Maritime CleanTech, will speak on the topic of “Green Shipping Through Cluster Collaboration”. Following this will be  Professor Jae-Myung Lee of the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering and the Director of the Hydrogen Ship Technology Center at Pusan National University. Lee will give a presentation titled, “Korea is ready for a Zero Emission Era in the Marine Sector”.

Speakers at the second session include Malin Strand, Policy Strategist and Project Manager at Fossil Free Sweden; Inhee Chung, Sustainability Expert Advisor of LG Chem; and Dr. Byung-Ki Cheong, President of Green Technology Center. Presentations will cover how Swedish companies in industries like steel, agriculture, cement, and many others, plan for fossil-free competitiveness in public-private partnerships; how companies in Korea and Sweden are scaling up innovation for sustainable growth; and the Korean public sector’s perspectives and plans on green transition, respectively.

A panel discussion about green transition roadmaps for sustainable and inclusive growth will follow the presentations.

This webinar was inspired by the Korean government’s announcement of its Green New Deal and the 2050 Carbon Neutrality Vision last year.

“Nordic countries have taken note of Korea’s recent ambition and significant investment to move on a greener path to the future,” said Ambassador Pekka Metso of the Finnish Embassy in Korea.

“Implementing these ambitions will require great efforts to decarbonise energy production, transport, all industry segments, and consumption. As such, this event will look at how the combination of technological innovation and long-term dedication can radically change the trajectory and speed up the process,” added Danish Ambassador Einar Jensen.

The event is open to the public and will be livestreamed on the official Nordic Talks Korea website free of charge at 7-9 PM (KST) on February 25. Viewers are welcome to actively engage with the speakers via the live chat, which will be open for questions and comments. Pre-registration is required at

This is the seventh edition of Nordic Talks Korea since the series launched in 2019. A collaboration between the Nordic Embassies and the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the series aims to raise awareness of various global issues and to spark discussions for the solutions of tomorrow. The project has garnered over 178,391 reaches on social media and 5,400 visits to the website so far.

Free registration for the event available here  Upcoming — Nordic Talks Korea