City of Oslo

Type

Type 3: Multi-stakeholder urban alliance

Sector of the company/organisation

Public Sector

Name of activity/project (or solution offered)

Business for Climate

Relevant urban sustainability topic

climate (mitigation, adaptation,…)
energy
mobility
resource-efficiency (waste, water, materials, circular economy,…)
infrastructure (built environment)
biodiversity (biodiversity, ecosystems, landscapes,…)
lifestyles (sustainable consumption, recreation, leisure,…)
sustainability strategy (strategy development at city level, urban planning,…)

Start year

2010

Brief project summary

A climate and sustainability partnership between The City of Oslo and a number of public and private sector organisations in the region. The partners are engaged in innovation, sharing best practice and implementation of a range of actions to minimise their own climate impact, and help others minimise theirs.

Short activity description

The City of Oslo has a vision of becoming one of the leading environmental cities in the world. Their goal is to reduce half of the greenhouse gas emission by 2020, and with 95% by 2030. To achieve this it’s essential to engage the city's population as well as the many public and private organisations and companies. Today 70 regional companies are participating in Business for Climate, contributing to Oslo’s goal by conducting specific internal and external initiatives. The partners actively participate in the network by attending seminars where they present their initiatives and results. This collaboration creates an opportunity to co-create a culture for sustainability, share experiences, exchange information and develop new tools and solutions.

Achieved impact

By facilitating and motivating the partners, Business for Climate is a contributor to the following achievements:
- For the last three years 74% of the participants have development new green products and services.
- From 2013 to 2014 The City of Oslo has 4x increased the number of zero-emission vehicles. It’s also the city with the highest number of electric cars per person.
- Several of the companies have reduced their climate impact significantly. For example Telenor with a 34% reduction in 2014, and Asko, a transport and logistics company, with 47%.
- The network has also seen a 60%

Is this project a best practice? Why?

As the first project of its kind in Norway it has resulted in interest from other regions wanting to participate or replicate. With a wide range of business sectors and size of companies it creates a network collaboration where they can gain experience and inspiration from each other. The project has also gained international recognition in networks such as C40 and Eurocities. The UN Global Compact Cities programme has interviewed key people in Business for Climate for input on their research concerning the role of City and Regional Governments in promoting corporate responsibility and private sector engagement in corporate responsibility.

What are the main lessons learned during implementation?

An open arena for relationship building and a place to share achievements, also between the public and private sector, creates motivation and inspiration. By circulating the presenters everyone is contributing and actively engaged in the network. A collaboration between public and private sector will increase the chance of Oslo reaching its climate goals.

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