The green shift needs an offensive mineral policy
Most everything we use in everyday life is made of minerals and metals. With the UN’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40-50% to stop climate change, society will become even more dependent on minerals. Strategic minerals and metals have also become a geopolitical issue, and thereby received much attention in the EU.
Sweden, Finland and Norway produce iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, nickel, gold, quartz, graphite, dolomite and limestone. Some of these are from world-class deposits, and are crucial for the the green shift. However, conflicts with other interests such as reindeer husbandry, the environment and the nature make it difficult to obtain permission for surveys and starting up operations on these deposits.
In northern Norway, we have made a common mineral strategy. Northern Norway makes up about 50 of the land area of Norway. This is a political document that guides our political decisions in developing the mineral industry in our counties, but also towards our national authorities. We want a collaboration with our neighboring countries to lift the mineral and mining industry to a national and international arena.
The main focus for us is shorter and more predictable planning and licensing processes, the relationship to Sami interests, access to starting up capital, increased geological mapping and the need for social acceptance.
Linda Helen Haukland
Executive of Planning and Business Development, Nordland county council
She represents the Christian People’s Party (KrF), and holds a PhD in sociology and Master in history. Haukland is also author of several books.