The first winners of the Arctic Project Awards

Published: November 17, 2017

The Arctic Project Awards 2017 competition was launched on the 11th August and closed on the 6th October 2017. The award has been designed to highlight exceptional projects focusing on topics of particular relevance to the Arctic area. The competition was open to projects funded by the NPA or NPP, Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, Interreg Nord and Kolarctic CBC programmes. The first winners of the Arctic Award have now been decided.

The competition is part of Arctic cooperation – a collaboration between four Arctic EU programs – and 19 projects had submitted their contributions.

The winner of category 1, “Overcoming critical mass” is Visit Arctic Europe (Interreg Nord).

The project makes a special effort to involve people in the design of the 
solutions(s) and demonstrates excellence in promoting its’ results to the relevant target audiences.

Visit Arctic Europe contributes in a clear way to the Arctic Award main criteria: innovation, impact and focus. The project involves SMEs and stakeholders from all three countries, and through the activities carried out, they have been able to combine the Arctic area’s strengths and resources to meet the increased competition within the tourism industry. The project has shown that better results can be achieved through cooperation and trust instead of competing against each other.

Partners: Finnish Lapland Tourist Board ry (LME), Swedish Lapland Visitors Board, NordNorsk Reiseliv AS

The winner in category 2, “Sustainable use of resources”, is Transalgae (Botnia Atlantica).

The project demonstrates excellence in promoting its’ (expected) results to the 
relevant target audiences. There is a need of cost effective, and sustainable ways to clean waste streams from different sources. Algae is not used in the Arctic region for this purpose and the project will contribute to increase the knowledge of algae and develop the algae sector as a part of the bio economy.

Transalgae contributes in a clear way to the Arctic Award main criteria: innovation, impact and focus. The focus is cultivation of algae in Nordic conditions, which means a colder and darker climate in the winter season. Algae need sunlight and a water temperature between 10-30 °C to be able to grow. The developed cultivation system should be robust towards large temperature variations over day and night. One important thing is to develop cultivation in different waste streams with the purpose of removing nutrients and carbon dioxide from the waste in a sustainable way. A key issue for an investment is the economic sustainability of the use of algae after cultivation. Therefore, different possible usages of the algae after harvesting with the purpose of finding a sustainable valuable chain with a good market potential is investigated.

Partners: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Nattviken Invest AB, BioFuel Region Bfr AB, Mid Sweden University, Novia – University of Applied Sciences, University of Vaasa, NIBIO

Congratulations to Visit Arctic Europe and Transalgae!