With a reception and closing ceremony, the Norway grants programme ''Green Industry Innovation'' has been officially finalized. The programme, whose goal is to promote green innovations and entrepreneurship, has supported 102 projects developing and implementing environmentally friendly products and tech solutions, for a total amount of over 10 million euros.
At the closing event that was held during the Digital Freedom Festival, the Minister for Economics Arvils Ašeradens, Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA) Director Andris Ozols and Norwegian Ambassador in Latvia Steinar Egil Hagen expressed their appreciation for the successful cooperation.
The Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, Deputy Prime Minister Arvils Ašeradens: “Nowadays green tech is not just a fancy slogan but a competitive advantage in market for companies. Every year more and more companies in Latvia realize that getting more efficient usually goes hand in hand with production and environmental footprint.''
The Minister of Economics also noted that a similar green innovation programme should continue in the future: ''The negotiation on Norway grants has reached the final phase, and up till now Norway and Latvia agree that this is the priority number one in business and innovations.''
Norwegian Ambassador to Latvia Steinar Egils Hagen: “Green industry, green business and becoming more sustainable is in all our interests. This programme in Latvia has been a fantastic success. We have supported similar programs in other states in the EU, but I think that the Latvian program has been one of the most successful.''
Hagen also praised the proportion of female entrepreneurs in the Latvian programme: ''My country, Norway, is very gender aware. There are so many female innovators in this country, and that's very, very good.''
Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA) Director Andris Ozols: ''[The Green Industry Innovation” programme] has come to an end, and we have implemented about 90% of all the projects. Norwegians have been the most obvious supporters of Latvia with this specific program, I can only praise the country of Norway for its nature to support startups and companies.''
The "Green Industry Innovation" programme was operated and overseen by the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, implemented by LIAA in close cooperation with Norwegian state company ''Innovation Norway'' and funded by the Kingdom of Norway.
The programme aims to increase competitiveness of green enterprises and support green innovation and green entrepreneurship. Special support is intended for new innovative environmental technology, product and process development for environmentally friendly and energy efficient material and product creation for buildings and structures, clean transportation, water resource management, waste management, eco design, or improvements on current processes, which contribute to energy efficiency, lower emissions or lesser consumption of resources.
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