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Crown Prince Haakon attends climate conference

Crown Prince Haakon in January 2021
Photo by Simen Sund / The Royal Court

Climate is something many royals have been involved in in recent years, including the Norwegian Crown Prince. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway was present at the opening of the Zero Conference in Oslo where climate leaders from politics, government, business and organizations met to discuss climate solutions.

Upon arrival to the conference, on November 24th 2021, His Royal Highness was welcomed by Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas G. Støre and leader of the Zero conference Sigrun Aasland. “Time is running out – we have to cut our emissions now” was the headline of the opening speech by Sigrun Aasland, general manager of the Environmental Foundation Zero.

In his speech, Norway`s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre was concerned with what will be the most important climate measures for the government over the next four years, and what it will take for Norway to achieve the climate goals by 2030. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Zero chief Sigrun Aasland also talked about the results of the climate summit in Glasgow. After the speech, Støre and Aasland had a climate conversation about the challenges Norway and the world face. They talked about the results of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, which ended earlier in November.

Three top managers in Norwegian industry, CEO Anders Opedal in Equinor, CEO Hilde Aasheim in Norsk Hydro and CEO Helge Aasen in Elkem had a conversation on stage about “Green give for Norwegian industry” and what they can do to cut emissions from Norwegian industry.

The conference continued throughout the day and ended with a gala dinner and the awarding of the Business Climate Prize. The Crown Prince only attended the academic content during the day.

The Zero Conference has since 2005 been Norway’s largest and most important meeting place for everyone who is concerned about climate, energy and green growth. Every year, participants from the government, politics and business gather at the conference. Crown Prince Haakon himself has participated in the conference several times.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.