Solutions
Articles
About
Contact
Invest
Sign in
Tech of the Month: Miljø Norge
For the month of May, we'd like to highlight the Norwegian industrial company Miljø Norge, established in 2021. Their goal is to increase the circularity of products, and they're starting with fire extinguishers. Their vision: Save lives and the environment.
By
OA
Oda Allum Larsen
Tuesday May 3rd 2022 02:36
A linear economy (take, make, use, dispose, pollute) is both unsustainable and inefficient. Miljø Norge aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and to use our resources more efficiently and responsibly, one fire extinguisher at a time. Their vision: We save lives and the environment.

Newly established in 2021, Miljø Norge’s goal is to increase the circularity of commonly used products. They reuse resources and process waste in ways that captures value while increasing sustainability. Their first circular product is the life-saving and ubiquitous fire extinguisher.

In Norway alone, every year a minimum of 1 million extinguishers need to be serviced or replaced. Most are thrown away after being used or when they expire. Reusing extinguishers means fewer imports. Avoided transportation and fewer raw materials result in an immense reduction in CO2 emissions. One extinguisher needs over 4 kg of steel, which is often from China with higher emissions from steel production and greater emissions from transportation.

A single reused fire extinguisher saves the environment 38kg of CO2. By reducing imports, that could save the environment almost 38.000 tons of CO2 on a yearly basis in Norway alone. That is about the same as 25.000 fossil-fueled cars a year.

The company has designed a circular business model where expired extinguishers are taken in for servicing and returned to the market, good as new. Through automation and digitalization, the company has developed a production line that ensures high quality while handling high production levels on the scale needed to meet the demands of the market.

Already serving clients across Norway, one example of how the market has validated Miljø Norge’s business model is Jernia AS. In close collaboration with Miljø Norge, they have selected multiple stores as collection points where the customer can return their discontinued fire extinguisher when purchasing Miljø Norge's recycled fire extinguisher. Jernia is making this standard in all their stores nationally. According to Espen Karlsen, CEO of Jernia AS, [translated] “This is a dream come true for Jernia, that we now have players such as Miljø Norge who challenge the current process and business models. With the sales volumes we estimate for fire extinguishers, we alone reduce the climate footprint by 1000 tonnes of CO2.”

The potential market for Miljø Norge is massive, including industry, public buildings, infrastructure and real-estate development. And their business model and production line can be adopted to virtually every market that has fire extinguishers. EU fire extinguisher standards especially make this particularly easy for them to scale in Europe.

Miljø Norge makes it natural to choose circular products, reducing society’s climate impact. Simply extending a common product’s longevity results in a dramatic drop in emissions and consumption. They ensure that the environmentally harmful and hazardous waste in fire extinguishers is handled in a proper and safe manner. And they do it to take care of the planet for future generations.

If you find Miljø Norge and their technology interesting, check out their profile on ClimatePoint Connect, have a look at their website or contact them.
Other Articles
Tech of the month; Spoor
Spoor is a fast-growing software company on a mission to enable industry and nature to coexist. Their software uses cutting-edge computer vision and AI to detect, track and classify birds in wind farms to help developers and operators gain insight and guide mitigation measures.
Life on and below the water line
Life under and above the ocean is a central part of the Sustainable Development Goals, and an integral part of our climate, the economy and human lives in general. In no other realm is the importance of biodiversity for sustainable development more essential than in the ocean.
Tech of the month: Humble Bee Bio
For the month of June we’d like to present Humble Bee Bio as technology of the month. They want to tackle plastic pollution by synthesizing the biology of bees to make novel bioplastics.
Heirloom Carbon Technologies
Heirloom Carbon Technology is developing novel, direct air capture technology to extract CO2 directly from the ambient air using common minerals.
Tech of the Month: Antora Energy
Antora Energy delivers zero-carbon industrial heat and power. The thermal energy is delivered to costumer as electricity or industrial process heat up to 1500°C. Making a significant change towards eliminating their client's scope 1 and scope 2 emissions.
Kale United Expands Portfolio
In February, Kale United, a part of our Green River Fund and a holding company making impact investments in game-changing vegan businesses, expanded their portfolio with a second investment round. They selected 12 companies working to increase the availability of plant-based consumer goods.
Tech of the Month: Hyperion Robotics
For the month of February, we would like to present Hyperion Robotics as the technology of the month. They are on a mission to bring efficiency and sustainability to the way concrete structures are being made.
Tech of the Month: Sirken
Sirken is a company that makes reuse practical. Sirken stands for circular engagement and that’s what they do. Engage!
Tech of the Month: Hayk
From time to time, we would like to present startup companies fighting climate change and evolving the new solutions of tomorrow. This month, we have selected Hayk, a green mobility company, challenging the way we own and use our cars today.
IPO of Veganz
Veganz got listed as an IPO just this week. The company is now traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the IPO represents the first of its kind for a Kale United portfolio company.
So you think you can offset?
With all of the latest craze in emission reductions, it can be extremely difficult to decide where is best to place your company’s hard-earned cash when trying to mitigate your carbon footprint.
ClimatePoint Green River's first investment
This week ClimatePoint passed a massive milestone; We made our very first investment into new sustainable climate solutions. Though initially small, ClimatePoint is now owner in many companies which, among others, include Beyond Meat Inc., e.l.f Beauty Inc., and Mighty Pea
ClimatePoint
Funding the Future
ClimatePoint AS
Universitetsgata 12, 0157 Oslo
Contact
Cookies
Terms of Service