Mette Larsen

Mette Larsen

ScandAsia Journalist • Scandinavian Publishing Co., Ltd. • Thailand

Danish Velux to confront its historic carbon emissions through forest conservation in Myanmar

The Danish window company Velux is, with help of The Worldwide Fund for Nature in Denmark (WWF), paying back the carbon emitted since the company’s start in 1941 through forest conservation projects in places like Myanmar. Velux is one of the world’s premier skylight makers with an extensive market in the US and a company…

Finnish Olion to supply heat pumps for China’s largest battery energy storage project

Olion, the Finnish energy, and environmental technology company will provide heat pumps for a battery energy storage farm in Dalian, North-eastern China. Dalian Henliu Energy Storage Power Station Company Ltd’s battery farm is a demonstration project approved by the Chinese government to test the functionality of vanadium batteries connected to the power grid. Olion’s heat…

Old case made public: Finland denies China’s research airbase bid

Two years ago China wanted to buy an airport in northern Finland, saying it was for climate research at the North Pole. But Finland’s Defense Ministry rejected the offer over security reasons. The matter is now only being made public, reports Euractiv. In 2018, China’s state-funded Polar Research Institute offered to buy or lease the…

Norway’s Wealth Fund puts Japanese brewery maker on watch for Myanmar ties

Kirin Holdings Ltd has been put under observation by Norway’s sovereign wealth fund due to concerns regarding the Japanese brewery maker’s contribution to serious violations of human rights. According to a recent statement from Norges Bank Investment Management – the fund’s official name – The Council on Ethics has recommended placing the company under observation…

Swedish man pled guilty to operating a $16 million crypto fraud business from Thailand

A Swedish national charged with running an international scheme from Thailand that defrauded more than 3500 victims in 46 countries recently pled guilty in a US federal court, reports Finance Magnaets. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused the Swedish man, Roger Nils-Jonas Karlsson, and his company, Eastern Metal Securities (EMS), of engaging in a…

Scandinavian designer Søren Mats invites DCCC members to showroom office event

Scandinavian designer Søren Mats invites DCCC members to Showroom Office Drinks at his showroom for Matz Form in HuangPu District, Shanghai on 19 March. The invitation reads: Do you like looking at and sitting on aesthetically pleasing Scandinavian-design furniture? Then you’ll enjoy coming to Matz Form’s showroom for a social evening. Søren Mats has graciously…

Swedish run dog rescue charity in Thailand suffers during the pandemic

Swedish Michael Baines has since 2011 been rescuing and rehabilitating street dogs in Thailand through what today is called ‘The Man That Rescues Dogs’. The charity is home to 600 rescued dogs, the organization is a costly affair and they are now struggling to keep up with the costs due to the lack of tourists…

FBC Singapore webinar: How sustainability can increase growth and innovation 26 March

The Finnish Business Council Singapore invites to their upcoming webinar ‘How sustainability can increase growth and innovation? on 26 March. The invitation reads: Sustainability is one of the key drivers for novel innovation globally. It creates opportunities for both large and small companies to concept, manufacture, and offer trending, eco-friendly products and services. However, quite…

Norwegian offshore wind installation ship launched in China

Norwegian owner Offshore Heavy Transports (OHT) new build vessel Alfa Lift was launched on 28 February from its drydock at China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) shipyard in Jiangsu, China, Offshore Engineer reports. The semisubmersible heavy installation vessel is designed and built for installing the next generation XXL offshore wind foundations and will now be moored…

Lifestyle Inquirer: Swedish and Finnish Ambassadors special connection to the Philippines

The ambassadors of Sweden and Finland both share a common love for the Philippines, but for different reasons. As of 12th in a series, Lifestyle Inquirer magazine highlights the different connections the ambassadors have to the Philippines. Harald Fries, Ambassador of Sweden in the Philippines Harald Fries, Ambassador of Sweden in the Philippines is no…