Green Oslo

Oslo European Green Capital 2019

Oslo is European Green Capital 2019! The home of Scandi cool has shifted from oil to smart tech and continues to make strides on a global platform by leading with green. Green capital challenges are now being addressed on a monthly basis. These are challenges for Oslo’s leaders, residents, companies and institutions to motivate everyone participating to do something to create meaningful change. Every month, citizens of Oslo have the opportunity to take on a special theme such as waste reduction, tackling climate change or diving into ocean impact. During our tenure as the European Green Capital, we want to “lead with green” across industries, from shipping to culture.

Business Program powered by Oslo Business Region 

Oslo Business Region is leading an exclusive business program during Oslo European Green Capital (EGC). The European Commission awarded Oslo the prestigious European Green Capital title for 2019. This is a great recognition and an opportunity to showcase Oslo as a true Green City linked to innovation, both in an international and local context.

In 2019, we invite the world to Oslo – to share and to learn. We are inviting local business players to help with collaboration & commitments to accelerate CO2 reductions and optimize resources, by engaging with power coupling and a dugnad theme, focusing on technology, finance and diversity as enablers and integrating it into the public sector (RND and education). The program is focused on three main areas, mobilizing the business community’s involvement in realizing Oslo´s ambition to spearhead climate initiatives, and strengthen the capital´s role as testbed for clean and inclusive societies worldwide. 

Industry Challenges

Oslo Business Region has created 4 industry challenges targeting the business sector to commit and to dare a competitor to engage. Businesses can either choose as many as they can engage with or invite other business partners and competitors to do the same. As part of our business program for Oslo European Green Capital, we are inviting local business players to help with collaboration & commitments to accelerate CO2 reductions and optimize resources. We do this by promoting power coupling and encouraging collaboration across industry sectors. 


Any individual across private or public companies (including SMBs, startups) with a strong success story committed to the Oslo Climate Budget can become an Oslo European Green Capital Ambassador. The goal is to welcome change makers from all industries to join, but are specifically looking for ambassadors working with Mobility, Energy, Finance, Construction & Real Estate, Tech and Ocean. The role of Oslo European Green Capital Ambassador is to use its visibility and shared values to promote Oslo as European Green Capital of 2019 as well to help accelerate Oslo’s goals of becoming a clean, sustainable tested for the global society.

Mentoring Program

The Business Program launched a tool to facilitate sharing knowledge and experiences through cross-industrial mentoring. The mentors are experienced leaders or experts from established companies and entrepreneurs across private and public companies thematically focused on sustainable business solutions and the digital shift. The mentees are professionals who are willing to learn and want to commit to the same agenda. Both mentors and mentees can join the program by signing up the app (Sprinter Wing) powered by Oslo Business Region and design. In addition, we will arrange five to six meetings throughout 2019. The list of mentors confirmed includes Per Elvestuen (Oslo Freedom Forum), Niels Astrup (Clean Sea Solutions), Cathrine Barth (Circular Norway), Dimitris Polychronopolous (Founders Institute), Anja Stokkan (Bymiljøetaten), Chris Hovde (Telia), Mathis Grimstad (Stor-Oslo Eiendom) and Fredrik Winther (2M2D). 

Broad participation and involvement

Oslo encourages a broad as possible participation from the business sector, thus we have developed a toolbox with a number of formats for company-based and individual participation. These will be organised in cooperation with some of Oslo’s most significant international business conferences throughout 2019. Business sector can also sponsor or host a powercouple series (Press Breakfast, Startup Day, Spinoff Stage) finance roundtable series or circular roundtable  or join the program as speaker, panelist or participant. Check the calendar here.

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