Europan energy challenges

In this issue of the Journal of Nordregio we draw attention to Europe’s energy challenges and the possible scenarios that flow from them: Urgent measures are needed to help the most vulnerable regional economies, mainly located in the Eastern part of Europe, to cope with rising energy prices. Remote regions will have to prepare for higher prices for long-distance travel and air transport. This could easily have a negative impact on overall price levels and tourism, which is often important for local employment. Further, the European coordination of policy instruments on the local, regional, national and EU level to enhance access to energy efficiency measures should be improved.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 1, 2011

New Nordic Regional Developments – Migration and Energy A United Nordic Federation?

Until the global financial crash in 2008 economic developments in most of the world including the Nordic countries became increasingly dependent on innovation and knowledge-related growth. Measured in GDP per capita 80% of the Nordic regions were above the EU average. However, this trend was not maintained after 2008. It could therefore be argued that the time is now ripe for more regionally conceived and driven development strategies. This is one of the main issues in the Journal of Nordregio no. 3-2010. The issues relating to the current tendencies in Nordic migration, production and energy consumption are also addressed. The concept of a United Nordic Federation is discussed and there are reports from the finalisation of the project Regional Trajectories to the Knowledge Economy – Nordic European Comparisons.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 3, 2010

 

– Växjö greenest in Norden, A territorial approach to climate change adaption and mitigation

Efforts to reduce CO2-emissions have a long history on the Nordic agenda. The Nordic countries in fact introduced taxes on such emissions back in the early 1990s. It was «out» with oil and «in» with rubbish and the leftovers from the forest-industry and even the agricultural sector. The emissions taxes put in place made such changes even more profitable. A practical example of this is the small Swedish city of Växjö, which has been acclaimed as the «greenest» city in Europe. See pp 6-9 in the lastest issue of the Journal of Nordregio.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 4, 2009

 

Northern Norden: a new mining era

Many parts of northern Norden are forging ahead into a new mining era. Future plans included doubling production of iron-ore in Kiruna, reopening the iron-mine at Kirkenes in Norway and also opening a completely new iron-mine close to Pajala in Northern Sweden. Both Sweden and Finland are also preparing new mining ventures in respect of gold, uranium and other minerals. Including Northwest-Russia, there are currently 42 functioning mines in the region. Within a few years there could be as many as 68. The basis for these developments is the enduring richness of the Fennoscandain Shield, which provides a geological structure ripe with assets.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 3, 2009

Local Climate Adaption

Bundled with this issue of the Journal of Nordregio you should also receive the publication, Climate Change Emergencies and European Municipalities—Guidelines for Adaptation and Response. Click at image to the right. Our hope is that this will be both useful and inspirational for those developing further work on climate adaptation. Most of the presentations herein are results of the Nordregio project Municipal Responses to Climate Change Emergencies (MuniRes). This is an international project with partners and associates from Denmark, Germany, Finland, Italy, Lithuania and Sweden.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 4, 2008

 

Arctic ahead! EU, Greenland and Finnmark

For people living in sparsely populated areas like Hammerfest future job security is of the utmost importance. However, perhaps more than anything else here, the lesson of history is that there are no guarantees even if the resources are more or less just outside your door. Much of the production of oil and gas in the North Sea is offshore, and with further technological developments this can also become the case for the High North.

Last ned pdf: Journal of Nordregio no 3, 2008