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Sustainable Growth the Nordic Way
WEB MAGAZINE - November 2017

Nordic Sustainable Cities – part of the climate solution?

A project aimed at sharing Nordic know-how on how to make cities more sustainable has recently been launched. It is part of the Nordic prime ministers’ initiative on Nordic solutions to global challenges, and aims to combine both public policy, academic analysis and a business outlook.

Two of the institutions under the Nordic Council of Ministers are involved in the project, with Nordic Innovation in Oslo taking the lead and Nordregio in Stockholm providing research and part of the outreach.

An upcoming White Paper from Nordregio presents a range of values, tools and practices on which Nordic Sustainable Cities are built. This shows a path that is both tangible and scalable. The paper asks what makes a sustainable city and lists a number of factors crucial to consider when developing, for example, the Low-carbon City, the Compact Green City, or the Circular Economy City.

The next step will involve disseminating the project globally via a series of events and business initiatives. Over the next few years, several activities promoting Nordic solutions for sustainable, smart and liveable cities, aimed at relevant stakeholders outside the Nordic region, will be held in countries such as India, China and the US.

These will be funded by grants from Nordic Innovation and already include activities such as an urban lab, where Nordic companies and experts will meet city officials in India, and taking the Nordic Edge Expo to China. These activities will strengthen the Nordic brand, build networks between key Nordic and international stakeholders, and potentially boost export of products and services found in Nordic Sustainable Cities.

The Nordic city will also be the topic of events at the Nordic COP23 Pavilion during the UN Climate Summit in Bonn, 6-17 November. Here the sustainability of the ‘Nordic Way’ will be discussed from a critical but constructive perspective


A draft of the White Paper can be found here:

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For more information on the overall project

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