Knowledge Building & Development
Major projects like Kildn should provide benefits to society over and beyond the commercial interests involved.

Benefits to society

Major projects like Kildn should provide benefits to society over and beyond the commercial interests involved. The project will create synergies that enable new businesses, new expertise, new technology, new innovation and new research to develop alongside one another. Kildn will help to create new jobs and experiences, and put the spotlight on sustainability in practice. Kildn can become a hub for green jobs, where value is successfully generated within an environmentally sustainable framework. In Norway, the Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS) is one of many organisations that want green investment to be prioritised.

The aim is to promote successful cooperation with the labour market participants in order to achieve the Norwegian Council on Climate Change’s goal of a low-emission society by 2050. This is also in line with one of the aims of the UN Environment Programme, which is for projects to make a significant contribution to maintaining or restoring a healthy environment. In practice this can mean jobs that protect ecosystems and biodiversity, reduce the consumption of materials, water and energy, decarbonise the economy and minimise all forms of pollution

Kildn as a research project

Kildn can be considered a research project in its own right. It has the potential to become a unique concept, by combining six main principles (renewable energy, green port architecture, biodiversity, data-driven port operations, maritime transport and acting as a home port) in a single ecosystem. That is not without its challenges. The solutions proposed in the concept study can be executed. However, the design phase will require great innovation and new technology that does not yet exist to optimise the realisation of Kildn’s vision.

It therefore makes sense to build partnerships as soon as possible with research communities that can help turn the vision of a zero-emission port into reality. Kildn also represents an opportunity to challenge energy companies and electric utilities to develop new business concepts and test new technology for Kildn’s model of combining renewable energy sources and digital architecture.

Wide range of target groups

Cooperation is the key to realising our vision. Many people can contribute to the project and even more people stand to benefit from it. We have identified the following main target groups:

  1. Municipal, regional and national authorities
  2. Residents of Askøy
  3. International, national and regional tourists
  4. International, national and regional R&D communities with an emphasis on development and innovation projects, particularly in the fields of maritime technology and energy
  5. National and regional destination managers
  6. Regional and local energy companies and electric utilities
  7. International, national and local businesses, particularly in the service sector such as hotels and restaurants
  8. Regional ferry operators
  9. International and national companies in the maritime sector, energy sector and offshore sector (particularly those providing emergency response services for the Norwegian continental shelf)
  10. National and regional emergency response agencies

Cooperation will depend on regulatory issues during the planning processes. The project offers good investment opportunities.