On Wednesday 9 October, The King visited Luleå University of Technology and businesses in Piteå to find out about new high-tech initiatives that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long term.
In Piteå, The King visited the company Sunpine which produces diesel from tall oil, a pulp industry by-product. Tall diesel is currently the only Nordic Swan Ecolabelled diesel on the market, and has positive climate effects as it reduces fossil carbon dioxide emissions.
At Markbygden Wind Farm, The King learnt about the 450 km² wind power facility currently being built in the highland areas of Infjärden.
Representatives from Vattenfall told The King about Hybrit, a joint initiative by SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall to use fossil-free electricity and hydrogen instead of coal in the production of iron and steel. In this way, emissions from iron and steel production can be water vapour instead of carbon dioxide. The iron and steel industry currently accounts for around ten percent of Sweden's overall carbon dioxide emissions.
In the afternoon, The King visited Luleå University of Technology where he learnt about various research projects: