Partnering for a sustainable future

Cape Town International Convention Centre

14 to 16 May 2019

About Nordic Utility Days

The Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden – have over the years developed very mature energy sectors that promote innovation, focus on effective system integration, ensure grid stability and facilitate the transformation into sustainable energy solutions.

The Nordic Utility Days will take place in Cape Town on 14 to 16 May.
The Nordic event will be part of one of the continents major business events, the African Utility Week.
The Nordic Utility Days will focus on business opportunities across Africa. But being part of a much larger event with a continental focus, participating companies will be provided ample opportunities to introduce their solutions to a much wider market. Around 7000 participants from nearly 80 countries are expected to attend the African Utility Week.

The aim of the Nordic Utility Days is to demonstrate that the Nordic countries have political, regulatory and technical solutions to provide cost-effective and climate friendly water and energy solutions for Africa. The Nordic Utility Days will position the Nordic companies firmly in the African market and create great exposure for companies interested in doing business in Africa.

The Nordic Utility Days will have several components:

  • High level Nordic keynote speakers at the African Utility Week that will strengthen the image of Nordic water and energy solutions.
  • A two-day Nordic conference with round tables discussions on key water and energy topics, providing Nordic views and solutions, to which = Nordic companies can invite their current and future African business partners to.
  • Opportunities for Nordic companies to use a slot in the main exhibition area of the African Utility Week (the Technical Hub) to pitch their technical
  • Facilitation of business-to-business (B2B) meetings, branding and networking engagements as well as a field trip to Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ).


Participating companies are welcome to nominate potential panellists to a total of four different round tables discussions covering the following topics:

  1. Financing the green energy transition towards a sustainable future
    Nordic investors are at the forefront of phasing out fossil fuels in their portfolios with the biggest publicly traded Norwegian life insurer, Store brand ASA and the Sovereign Wealth Fund taking the lead. What is South Africa’s stance on this? What does this push for green finance mean for Eskom which generates around 50 per cent of all electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa mainly from coal? South Africa has a great potential for renewable, PV solar and wind. What are the necessary conditions to attract investors to take advantage of this green energy potential? What funding options exist at present? President Ramaphosa’s aim is to increase the investment level by USO 100 in over the next five years, of which 25 per cent is targeted for the energy is South Africa on track to reaching this goal?

  2. Technical solutions for a cost-effective transition from Coal to Clean Energy
    The energy mix is rapidly carbonizing — coal has already peaked, oil is to peak in 2023 and natural gas will become the largest single source from 2026. This reveals a dramatic energy transition. The Nordic business community is actively pursuing opportunities in renewable energy in developing countries and an emerging “renewable energy cluster” is apparent. Energy Storage has also become a hot topic and the Nordics have conducted important research in this area. This panel will focus on Nordic skills and know-how and how this can be integrated into the African context.

  3. The Nordic experience in promoting Smart Cities
    South Africa has established several “smart city” initiatives in the major cities but complete strategies are still being finalized. The deployment of smart grids within the distribution segments of the grid is also becoming popular not only within South African cities but across other major African cities in the form of smart metering and intelligent back offices. This many would argue, is a major subset of the smart cities concept. Energy saving solutions in the form of energy efficiency for both industrial and residential customers, management of water and traffic congestion are some smart initiatives to consider. The Nordics are leaders in this area with well establish bodies on smart cities and smart grids. Insights into how to manage the smart cities dynamics from the Nordic point of view will be shared.

  4. Smart Water Management to tackle Water Scarcity
    The drought in the Western Cape region is only a sign of the longer-term water constraints South Africa will suffer. This has led for a demand for new technology and services that better enable the management of this scarce resource. Key areas are in water metering and monitoring, water efficiency, water reuse and alternative water supply. The Nordics have developed innovative solutions and systems for smart water management and are active in South Africa and across the rest of Africa.