In addition to his post as Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy, he is deputy leader of the Labour Party, and a central figure when the party makes strategic choices.

He is clear on what impresses him most about the maritime industry, immediately highlighting the complete Norwegian maritime cluster.

“It is impressive how Norway, through generations of maritime competence, capacity for innovation, and adaptability, has managed to build up a complete maritime cluster that places us among the world’s elite in shipping,” says Skjæran.

If there is one industry in the world that has what it takes to succeed in climate change, it is the Norwegian maritime industry.

Bjørnar Selnes Skjæran, Minister og Fisheries and Ocean Policy

One of the most important challenges the industry will face in the coming decades is the need to reduce its climate emissions considerably. The industry itself has expressed an ambition to halve emissions by 2030, and be climate neutral by 2050. Skjæran believes the industry has all the prerequisites for success, and emphasizes that the Norwegian authorities must actively support the work.

“If there is one industry in the world that has what it takes to succeed in climate change, it is the Norwegian maritime industry. The maritime industry is already at the forefront of the development of green solutions for shipping. We are leaders in batteries, hydrogen and ammonia. Now we must build on that,” he says.

The government’s political platform, ‘Hurdalplattformen’, states that the government, together with industry, will ensure that the development of low and zero emission shipping makes an important Norwegian contribution to reducing global emissions.

“The business community knows its own pain points, and they have the best prerequisites for identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to the green transition. When the authorities, business and industry, commercial partners and knowledge environments are working well together, that is when we achieve the best results,” he says.

As an important part of their work to facilitate new climate and environmental technology in the industry, the government is preparing a green restructuring package for climate-friendly restructuring of ships.

The goal is for Norway to retain its leading role in the green shift in the maritime industry.

Bjørnar Selnes Skjæran, Minister og Fisheries and Ocean Policy

“We have started work on a restructuring package for climate-friendly shipping. Among other things, we are taking a closer look at instruments, regulations, infrastructure and public procurement. The goal is for Norway to retain its leading role in the green shift in the maritime industry,” he says.

CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, Harald Solberg, welcomes both the minister and the restructuring package. The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association has ambitious members who have already made great progress toward the green shift.

“The Norwegian maritime industry has been at the forefront all along, which means that strict climate requirements and ambitious international climate goals represent a competitive advantage for the Norwegian cluster. It is positive that the government both recognizes and continues to build on this. We have high expectations for the government’s restructuring package, and are happy to contribute to the work,” says Solberg.