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.
The Business Program is one of the key parts of the EGC 2019. The City of Oslo is inviting the local business players to help with collaboration & commitments to accelerate CO2 reductions & resource optimization, engaging with power coupling and “dugnad”, focused on technology, finance and diversity as enablers and integrating with public sector, RND & 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.
OBR 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: The first challenge is to actively request and work for emission free transportation of goods and services in 2019. The second one is to commit that all construction sites of the business will be fossil free and as emission free as possible throughout the year. The third is to request that the business pension and/or insurance investments to the greatest possible extended are pulled out of oil, coal and gas from 2019 – and increasingly placed in renewable energy solutions. The last challenge is to contribute to reducing plastic waste through replacing single use plastics with environmental friendly alternatives in the business operations, whilst actively challenging suppliers to develop plastic free alternatives through innovative procurement. The list of companies confirmed includes: IKEA (first challenge), Construction City (first challenge) and Aspelin Ramm (second challenge).
Any individual across private or public companies (including SMBs, startups) with a strong success story committed to the Oslo Climate Budget can become an EGC 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 EGC 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. The list of ambassadors confirmed includes: Daniel Siraj (OBOS), Christina Bu (Elbilforeningen), Hege Schøyen (Dillner/Veidekke), Javad Mushtaq (MAK), Kjersti Aass (Yara) and Jan Peder Myklebost (Hydro).
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, Hege Schøyen Dillner (Veidekke), Sony Kapoor (ReDefine), Cathrine Barth (Circular Norway), Dimitris Polychronopolous (Founders Institute), Anja Stokkan (Bymiljøetaten), Silvija Seres, Chris Hovde (Telia), Mathis Grimstad (Stor-Oslo Eiendom), Fredrik Winther (2M2D), Birgit M. Liodden (OBR).
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, Snipoff Stage) finance roundtable series or circular roundtable or join the program as speaker, panelist or participant. Check the calendar here.
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