French-Norwegian Technology Partnership Day 2018

Ludovic Caubet Managing Director



A French-Norwegian approach to find solutions for cleaner energy 

May 30th, 2018

The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce (CCFN) organised in cooperation with NORWEP (Norwegian Energy Partners) and EVOLEN, the 3rd French-Norwegian Energy Forum in Paris on May 30th.


This year event focused on “Solutions for a cleaner energy”. The objective was to get more insights into how the Energy industry develops solutions that minimise the impact on the environment, both in the Oil&Gas sector and by applying solutions for offshore wind energy. About 100 companies from France and Norway attended the event.

The event started with a political introduction from a Norwegian and French perspective. Mrs Elisabeth Berge, Secretary and Head of the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Mrs Virginie Schwarz, Director for Energy, Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, shared their common views on the need and opportunities for both countries to cooperate in the energy field.

The public and private main stakeholders of the Energy industry are taking concrete actions and making major investments. French and Norwegian companies such as Nexans, Equinor (ex. Statoil), Total, TechnipFMC and Susbsea7 are expanding their activity into cleaner energies with heavy learning in energy efficiency, decentralised production, smart energy, carbon neutrality …

Following the morning keynote session, participants shared their takeaways on the collaborative innovation solutions in two dedicated workshops: “upstream cleaner energy” and “offshore wind”.

The event ended at the Norwegian embassy with a cocktail gathering all the speakers. We can attest that most of the participants agreed on this occasion to meet again shortly in order to go deeper into the exploration of the potential collaborations mentioned during the forum.


Next step

The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce will organise a follow-up session next year together with NORWEP and EVOLEN. In the meantime, based on the success of the committee we launched 3 years ago in Oslo, we will launch this autumn a new Energy committee in Paris gathering our members and partners specialised in this field. These gatherings are aiming at initiating smarter collaborative Energy projects.

There is a momentum to strengthen and speed-up bilateral cooperation and co-innovation to mitigate climate change. We need to improve solutions, in particular through technologies enabling a cleaner O&G production as well as reducing costs for the development of renewables, hydrogen and of course CO2 Capture and Storage - CCS.  The way Norway is working on CCS with the Northern Light full-scale project is exemplary and this project must reach success! This is why we are planning to organise Q1 2019 a CCS bilateral forum in France in cooperation with Club CO2 as well as all our public and private partners.

We will inform our members and partners about these upcoming events shortly.


We would like to thank once more our sponsors on the Forum.


For further information about this event and follow-up events, please contact :



Werner Karlsson, Regional Director Middle East and Engineering Hubs Europe at NORWEP

"We appreciate the fantastic support we get from the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce . They have become a key driver in the French –Norwegian cooperation in the Energy business. We wish them the best of luck with their CCS initiative."

Photo gallery

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