Bergen, Norway (CNN)Subtly, as is their style, the Nordic countries — Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland — have seized global leadership on clean energy innovation and aim to keep it.
Their motive isn’t simply green-tinged altruism — although they’re acutely cognizant of climate change and pollution. They want to capture the growing global markets for clean tech, which includes a broad range of technology, from recycling products to renewable energy hardware, electric motors to low-emission appliances. In 2017, worldwide investment in renewables infrastructure, just a fraction of the wide-ranging smart energy solutions on the market, swelled to $280 billion.
While other climate-conscious nations, such as Germany, have coasted on their clean-energy images, the northerners have whole-heartedly embraced the transition to low-emissions societies and have raced ahead in key areas such as electric mobility, smart cities, cross-border grids and renewables energy generation.