Mapping the twin transition
Mapping the twin transition is a small research project during the summer of 2022. Funded by the UiO:Energy programme, master students Hannah Sophie Kaase, Guro Røstad and Aslak Burheim Sommervold, with the help of supervisors Maja van der Velden and Andrea Alessandro Gasparini, will design and develop an interactive online map that visualises existing, planned, and proposed electrification and digitalisation projects in Norway. Mapping these projects will visualise the geographical clustering of projects as well as their environmental impacts in a municipality or region.
Norway has ratified the international Paris Agreement on Climate Change and has committed to a target of at least 40 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. Electrification and digitalisation are two of the main strategies in Norway’s transition policy.
Electrification and digitalisation are, however, thoroughly entangled in their applications and impacts. For example, renewable energy plays a central role in new mineral mining projects, battery factories, and datacentres, while datacentres enable distributed renewable energy projects. But with several ministries and many more government agencies involved in electrification and digitalisation projects, it is difficult to get an overview of all projects as well as their combined environmental impacts in a particular region and Norway as a whole. Nor is it clear who owns and therefore benefits from these projects.