Luleå University of Technology's initiative SUN, Natural resources for sustainability transitions, focuses on the assets in the form of ore, forests and water, which are of central importance for realizing the social transformation needed to achieve the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)s. We know that it is precisely here, in northern Sweden, that the technical development and restructuring of our national basic industries can be a precursor to how to achieve the UN's global sustainability goals. Sweden's important basic industries, ore, wood and hydropower, which are located in northern Sweden, are a prerequisite for successful climate change.
In northern Sweden there is ore, forest and water. Natural resources needed for an industrial transition. But many of the conflicting goals and sustainability challenges related to natural resource extraction and the industrial transition come to a head here.