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  • 17 Apr 2024 12:28 | Anonymous

    Earlier this month, NACC Co-Chair Sophia Demetriades and NACC Member Anja Jones Gudbrandsen attended the EABC Ministerial Corporate Lunch and Industry Forum with European Energy Commissioner (Minister) Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy, and Australian Climate Change and Energy Minister the Hon Chris Bowen MP in Sydney.

    Following keynote addresses by the Commissioner and Minister, an eminent panel of speakers led a thought-provoking discussion on domestic policy frameworks and bilateral initiatives necessary to facilitate Australia’s and the EU’s ability to achieve their energy and decarbonisation targets. Other topics included the investment, skills, R&D and technologies that will be required; opportunities and obstacles faced by industry and investors in both markets; and insights from each of the panellists on best-practice, business strategies, and the rapidly changing regulatory environment.

    Minister Bowen and Commissioner Simson announced the release of a joint communiqué, together with Resources Minister Madeleine King, on the priority areas for closer EU-Australia cooperation to accelerate clean energy transition, resilient and sustainable global supply chains for net-zero technologies, while also delivering a just transition and long-term energy security. Highlighting the significant existing cooperation between Australia and the EU in the energy sector, the Minister and Commissioner underlined the strategic importance of deepening the partnership.

    Specific areas for cooperation include the establishment of a bilateral Strategic Partnership on Critical Minerals (currently under negotiation); efforts to ensure the interoperability of standards in key areas of cooperation areas such as clean hydrogen; and initiatives to ease the bilateral flow of technologies, investment and skills that are critical to the energy transition and broader decarbonisation agenda. Please find a copy of the Joint Ministerial Statement here and the Commissioner’s Speech here

    EABC would like to thank all our participating members including EABC Board Member Brett Wickham, Managing Director,ACCIONA Energía; EABC Board Member Stephen Forshaw, Chief Representative, Airbus; EABC Board Member Martin Merrick, President and CEO,Volvo Group; Professor Ross Garnaut AC, Director, ZEN Energy; Professor Emma Johnston AO, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Sydney and CSIRO Board Member; and EABC Corporate Council Member John Lydon, Co-Chair of the Australian Climate Leaders Coalition. Also joining members for the Industry Roundtable were Daniel Westerman, CEO, Australian Energy Market Operator; and Danny Nielsen, Senior Vice President and Country Head of Vestas.

    EABC would also like to thank our event table sponsors Airbus, BDO, Enel Green Power and ZEN Energy and supporting partners from the diplomatic and Chamber network, including the Embassy of Denmark, Estonian Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, German-Australian Chamber of Industry & Commerce, Italian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce, the Polish Australian Business Forum, and Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce.

    View photo gallery here. 

  • 26 Oct 2023 14:35 | Anonymous

    On Monday, our founding President and Member of the Board of Directors for 9 years, Sophia Demetriades Toftdahl concluded her appointment as President of the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce, and will remain on the Board of Directors. Ms Demetriades Toftdahl has been appointed as Chief Executive Australia for Dubai Chamber and will look after their Australia launch in a full time capacity. We thank Ms Demetriades Toftdahl for her commitment, drive and passion to the Norwegian Community and wish her all the best with the launch of Dubai Chamber Australia. Our next election is at the AGM on December 7.

  • 7 Aug 2023 14:35 | Anonymous

    Congratulations to our proud members Viking Cruises for their recent accolades! Viking was recently named as the Best Luxury River and Ocean Line of 2023 by Luxury Travel Advisor, marking their 8th time winning the award.

    This makes them the only line to be named best in both the river and ocean categories for 4 years. To see more on Viking's wide range of exciting expeditions and state-of-the-art ships, head over to:

  • 25 Jul 2023 14:33 | Anonymous

    As the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off, we're eagerly cheering on the Norwegian women's football team in their pursuit to become world champions! Their arrival in Australia & New Zealand was highly anticipated, as featured last week on ABC News Breakfast (below), showcasing our celebrations from this year's Constitution Day event.

    Despite Norway's unfortunate 1-0 loss in the World Cup opener to hosts New Zealand, the team will be determined to bounce back. We'll be eagerly watching Norway's upcoming matches against Switzerland (July 25, 6PM AEST) and the Philippines (July 30, 5PM AEST) as they look to advance from the group stage and go all the way!

  • 24 Jul 2023 14:27 | Anonymous

    As a leading provider of specialized offshore tonnage to global energy markets, Solstad Offshore ASA is one of the most prominent companies helping connect business between Australia and Norway.

    Founded and based in the Norwegian town of Skudeneshavn, Solstad is one of the largest offshore service vessel (OSV) companies of its kind, operating its advanced vessels worldwide in markets including Europe, Brazil, Asia, and Australasia, with over 3,400 employees. Solstad’s state-of-the-art vessels, alongside its expertise from over 55 years of experience, help support its partners in the offshore energy industry, both in petroleum and renewables. 

    Solstad has sought to become an industry leader in operating sustainably within global offshore energy, with ambitions of reducing fleet emissions to net zero by 2050. The implementation of the Solstad Green Operations (SGO) program in 2009 has been instrumental in guiding this vision, helping Solstad monitor its environmental footprint and take steps towards a better environment.

    With its abundance of natural resources and booming offshore energy sector, Australia has emerged as a crucial market for Solstad, with a head office currently based in the city of Perth. Specifically, Australia has served as a primary global oil and gas market, contributing nearly a quarter of Solstad’s operating income for 2021.

    Recent activity in Australia includes having been awarded a two-year contract in mid-2022 for its platform supply vessel (PSV) Normand Swan from a major energy company. Other major vessels have also been in operation, including three of Solstad's Anchor-handling vessels (AHTS), along with the PSV Normand Leader, providing offshore support across the coast of Western Australia.

    As Solstad continues on its path of financial success and sustainable growth, it aims to maintain its position as a trusted global leader in offshore shipping, recognised for its operational excellence.

    Website: Solstad Offshore

  • 10 Jul 2023 14:26 | Anonymous

    From August 28 to 31, Silje Troseth and her team will welcome Q-Free's colleagues and partners from across the world to the ITS Australia Global Summit in Melbourne.

    The aim of the summit is to unite government, industry and academic thought leaders. Together, they will explore different approaches towards accelerating smarter, safer and more sustainable transport by leveraging the expanding capabilities of modern technology.

    The Q-Free team will be at the summit to promote their exciting Tolling and Traffic Management portfolio, as well as demonstrating its award-winning C-ITS road safety application, participating in important discussions and holding a key-note speech.

    If you want to be part of this great event in Australia, read more and get your ticket here:


  • 6 Jul 2023 14:25 | Anonymous

    The 2023 Saxo Scandinavian Film Festival, now in its ninth year, is showcasing the best contemporary cinema from the Nordic region, selected from international film festivals and markets such as Göteborg, Cannes and Berlin.

    A specially curated programme will be screening at Palace Cinemas, Luna Palace Cinemas and Palace Nova Cinemas from 13 July to 9 August, encompassing films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

    Opening the Festival is the Australian Premiere of LET THE RIVER FLOW, based on true events and starring magnetic newcomer Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen. Festival Centrepiece GODLAND is award-winning Icelandic writer/director Hlynur Pálmason’s follow-up to his breakout hit A White, White Day, and Special Presentation Aki Kaurismäki’s tragicomedy FALLEN LEAVES comes direct from the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

    Exploring culture, history and life in the Nordic region, a host of Australian premieres bring high calibre and award-winning Scandinavian films to Australian cinema screens this July.

    Tickets are now on sale at

    Photo: Godland (Left), Fallen Leaves (Centre), Let the River Flow (Right)

    Photo: Godland (Left), Fallen Leaves (Centre), Let the River Flow (Right)

  • 18 Apr 2023 14:24 | Anonymous

    This week the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce President Sophia Demetriades participated in the Council’s recent Business Roundtable with Dr Markus Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope.


    In the wake of the US’s Industrial Relations Act (IRA) and the EU’s response, Markus Beyrer provided an update on the policy landscape in the EU, implications for the international trade and investment environment, and the key risks and opportunities for businesses in Australia and Europe.


    The Director-General began by reaffirming the importance of the EU remaining an open economy and competitive economy, while undergoing the transformation to net zero. Addressing the reaction in the EU to the US’s IRA, and subsequent transatlantic tensions, he noted the support for the objectives of the plan while highlighting concerns over its the discriminatory elements posing an existential threat to EU industries. After facing a series of global crises, he underlined the seismic impact of the war in Ukraine on Europe, most acutely for energy prices. At the peak in August 2022, Europe was experiencing an increase of gas prices of 1100% as compared to 200% in the US and 100% in Japan.


    The combination of these two asymmetric shocks has necessitated a comprehensive reflection on EU industrial competitiveness and FDI attractiveness to address the pull factor of the IRA, as well as the significant push factors. The most impactful of which are the long-term rise in energy costs (still significantly higher than competitors out to 2025) and significantly higher regulatory burden for companies. With regard to the latter, he noted the fall in FDI of 66% between 2019-2021, as compared to a 63% increase for the US, coming pre-energy crisis. To address the decline in competitiveness, BusinessEurope has been advocating for four key elements:


    1. Less and better regulation – Positive recent developments include the commitment to new competitiveness checks for all new legislation (including looking at the cumulative impact) and the development of a proposal to reduce reporting requirements by 25% (to be delivered in Autumn).
    2. Secure energy supply at competitive prices – In addition to the investment in renewables already underway, the Commission is now seeking to revise the electricity market design with initiatives designed to reduce the exposure of industry and consumers to price volatility.
    3. A broad industrial strategy flanking the European Green Deal - In February 2023, the Commission unveiled its Green Deal Industrial Plan, followed by the Net-Zero Industry Act and the Critical Raw Materials Act. These will focus on creating the enabling environment (including reducing red tape and fast-tracking procedures) to achieve a target of at least 40% of clean technologies manufactured in the EU by 2030 and to boost domestic production, ramp up recycling and diversify the supply chain of raw materials in the EU. Importantly, imports of critical minerals should not be disadvantaged as the EU will continue to rely on third countries for roughly 75% of supply.
    4. Well calibrated state aid rules – In response to the IRA, the EU has adopted a new Temporary Crisis and Transition Framework which will allow Member States to match aid from third countries, where there is a risk of investments being diverted away from Europe. The measure will be targeted, operational for limited time (to 2025), and includes provisions to preserve the level-playing field in the single market. Additionally, a recent deal reached between the EU and US will see a transparency instrument created to avoid subsidy shopping.


    Finally, Dr Beyrer underlined the need for an ambitious trade agenda to support the EU’s international competitiveness, access to the inputs needed for industry, export opportunities, and risk mitigation and diversification efforts. He argued that the EU needed to ensure the better use of existing trade agreements, ratify concluded agreements, and conclude negotiations with Australia before the European summer break.

    The roundtable discussion included topics included financing the green industrial agenda and the possibility of a European Sovereign Fund; the negotiations between the EU and the US to find solutions to key discriminatory elements of the IRA, including a critical raw materials agreement to afford the EU the same conditions as US FTA partners; the importance of the interoperability of international regulation and common global standards; the politics around energy policy in Europe, including around the classification of fuel sources; potential impacts of Europe’s extraterritorial regulations and response to the IRA on Australian business; among other topics.

  • 28 Dec 2022 14:23 | Anonymous

    R&D Solutions and partner FloPetrol conducted abandonment operations for a major operator on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia.

    The field in question hosts many aged wells, some dating back over 40 years, and the strategic objective was to retire them as economically and responsibly as possible.

    An eco-friendly solution

    The material selected for plugging a trial well was QuartzPack®, a Bingham-plastic material which acts as both a liquid and a solid material.

    It is noteworthy that external mechanical, hydraulic or tectonic forces will reshape the well barrier to fit the new well geometrics and maintain sealing properties. Whilst tectonic plate movement isn’t common in Western Australia it is not unheard of, so eliminating any possible leak paths before they can occur is an advantage.

    Moreover, the use of rock particle sizes from nano to millimetres provide a complete seal, preventing gas and liquid migration to surface. The QuartzPack® material doesn’t shrink, crack or have micro-annulus issues – and, given its fundamental characteristics, it doesn’t raise any environmental concerns.

    Sealing the deal

    The material was checked on-site and then prepared for deployment into the candidate well. On arrival, IBCs were opened and, using an auger, the material was re-liquified for pumping.

    Those on location witnessing the operation were amazed to see the material on site change from a solid crusty impermeable block to a liquid slurry. From there, cement pumps delivered the material into the wellbore to achieve the seal.  

    Green for go on further wells

    The trial was deemed a total success: the deployment and delivery phases were flawless thanks to careful planning and preparation, and the well was abandoned as planned. It had been planned to trial the material and methods of deployment, and to review ease of operability, with further test wells, but the success of the initial exercise meant the full system was deemed good to go and needed no further proof of concept.

    The trial demonstrated the ongoing commitment of R&D Solutions and FloPetrol to the provision of environmentally and technically sound solutions for permanent well abandonment. We look forward to building on this success in the year ahead.

  • 21 Dec 2022 14:23 | Anonymous

    Great News! Q-Free brought their sustainability partnership with following partners to the digital space with an internal Lunch and Learn meeting on Social Procurement:

    Transurban: One of the world’s largest toll road developers and operators

    Multicap Limited: A For Purpose organisation working to increase long-term employment opportunities and skills for people with disabilities and,

    Apricot: a consultancy agency specialising in ESG implementation. 


    Social Procurement is a mechanism to leverage social value from existing spending. Together with their partners in Australia, Q-Free is working to increase long-term employment for people with disabilities. Multicap employees are trained and work on the manual review of images from Q-Free's tolling systems and they are so happy with the joint collaboration and outcome.

    Here are some partner quotes in breif:

    “By collaborating with suppliers we can provide meaningful work opportunities for people facing barriers to employment, as well as create shared value for the communities in which we operate”. Sebastian Conley, Sustainable Procurement Manager at Transurban

     “Remember when you work with a person-centered approach, it can truly have an enormous impact”. Tony Burns, General Manager Employment at MultiCap.

    And to wrap it up: 

    "We feel proud and honoured to be working with our partners Transurban, MultiCap, and Apricot in providing ongoing, sustainable, and meaningful work opportunities whilst focusing on ability, not disability". Silje Troseth, General Manager at Q-Free Australia, 

    Together we are changing the movements of life.

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