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New Centre will provide interdisciplinary climate research

Friday marked the launch of the new UiB Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET).

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Rektor Dag Rune Olsen på åpningen av CET
UiB Rector Dag Rune Olsen stated that climate and energy transformation is apriority area for the UiB.

"Climate and energy transformation is a priority area for the UiB. Research and knowledge is crucial for meeting the challenges ahead, and the new centre will provide important contributions," said UiB Rector Dag Rune Olsen.

One of the goals of CET is providing new knowledge on the crossroads for climate and energy transformation in society. The Centre aims to be a hub for interdisciplinary research, with a basis in the social sciences, and working together with Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and the other faculties of the University will be important for the future.

"We'll find the problem first, and see what disciplins and research fields we can use to solve it, rather than work from a singular field of research," said Centre Director Håvard Haarstad (link in Norwegian)

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State Secretary of the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Lars Andreas Lunde, stated there's a larger political agency for doing green changes and aiming for climate friendly goals is developing.

"This comes from us seeing the effects of climate change, both locally and throughout the world," said Lunde, pointing towards the Paris Agreements.

"This development has to be knowledge-based," he said, stating that the new Centre would reinforce the green commitment for decision makers.

The role of research in cooperation with community development and business was also a subject in the panel debate, where Svein Kåre Grønås of BKK, a large power company based in Bergen, Per Sandberg of the multinational oil and gas company Statoil, as well as Lars-Henrik Paarup Michelsen of The Norwegian Climate Foundation participated.