Partners #UFGC19 .
Better together .
#UFGC19 is organized by the Urban Future team in collaboration with FutureBuilt, which is an innovation programme to promote low carbon, resilient and livable cities in the Oslo region.
The city of Oslo is hosting the conference together with the three other FutureBuilt municipalities Bærum, Asker and Drammen.
In 2019, Oslo will be the European Green Capital, and FutureBuilt celebrates its 10th anniversary. What better time for the URBAN FUTURE global conference to come to Oslo?
Increased urbanization and congestion is pushing the transport systems of our cities to the limits, costing valuable time and money. Airbus believes the solution lies in the sky. From flying vehicles to helicopters on demand, its portfolio of ground-breaking projects is helping to make urban air mobility a reality. Adding a third dimension to urban transport networks would revolutionise the way we live and air pollution would be cut dramatically.
MHP is one of the leading consultancies for Mobility and Manufacturing. The MHP approach is a symbiosis of Management and IT Consulting. With its claim to excellence and its deep knowledge in the field of digitization, MHP drives progress in the markets of Mobility and Manufacturing throughout the entire process chain. More than 2,000 employees provide advice and support from 13 locations to over 300 customers worldwide.
With around 8,000 employees Veidekke is one of Scandinavia’s largest construction companies and property developers. The company undertakes all types of building construction and civil engineering contracts, develops residential projects, maintains roads, and produces asphalt and aggregates. They have a strong focus on climate-friendly construction, currently they are for example establishing a fossil-free fleet of machinery
International Networking Partners
EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities with over 140 members across 39 countries, representing more than 130 million people. It facilitates learning experiences between cities and represents their interests towards the European Union. EUROCITIES is committed to working towards a common vision of a democratic, sustainable future in which all citizens can enjoy a good quality of life.
EU Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
The EU Covenant of Mayors is the European movement that brings together thousands of local and regional governments voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory. Signatories pledge action to support implementation of the EU 40% greenhouse gas reduction target by 2030, and the adoption of a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
8 80 Cities
8 80 Cities is an NPO that brings citizens together to enhance mobility and public space to create more vibrant, healthy and equitable communities – safe and happy cities that prioritize peoples‘ well-being. „We believe that if everything we did in our cities was great for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old, then it will be great for all!“
CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies, cities and states & regions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Over 6,300 companies with some 55% of global market capitalization and more than 620 cities and 120 states & regions disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2017/18.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a global organization of over 200 leading businesses from all sectors and major economies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. They represent combined revenues of $8.5+ trillion and 19 million employees. „Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: united by our vision of a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050.“
Union of the Baltic Cities – Sustainable Cities Commission
The Union of the Baltic Cities is a voluntary network mobilizing its member cities for democratic, economic, social, cultural and environmentally sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region. The Sustainable Cities Commission co-ordinates the UBC Sustainability Action Programme.
The Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management is an international network of cities and regions sharing the aim of promoting a sustainable resource management through prevention at source, reuse and recycling, and accelerating the transition towards a circular economy on their territories and beyond.
ULI – Urban Land Institute
ULI, a nonprofit research and education organisation, has 40,000 worldwide members that represent the spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service, and facilitating an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience. With a priority of building sustainably, ULI members are clarifying the connections between responsible use of resources, the built environment, and long-term environmental health.
Circle Economy believes in a visionary future for our planet — one in which we do not have to compromise in order to achieve economic, social, or environmental prosperity. As an impact organisation, they connect and empower a global community with a powerful combination of practical and scalable solutions to turn circular opportunities into reality.
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities helps create accessible, equitable, healthy and resilient urban areas for people, businesses and the environment to thrive. Together with partners, it enables more connected, compact and coordinated cities, catalyzing innovative solutions in transport, buildings, land use, energy and water. The Center combines the research excellence of WRI with on-the-ground impact through a network of more than 250 experts working from Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Mexico and Turkey.
scaling4good is about identifying how to grow, connect, replicate the great ideas, initiatives and projects that pave the way to a better future for humanity on our planet. It acts as a catalyst of impact through scaling toolkits and methods, workshops and the development of a community of scalers.
Germany – Land of Ideas
Germany’s image is shaped by a number of economic, geographic and cultural factors. Like any location, however, it is primarily defined by its people. The people of Germany, their ideas, and their activities are the bedrock of its society and provide cohesion. The ‘Germany – Land of Ideas’ initiative provides a platform for them.
As a technology and innovation consultancy, EurA supports the market leaders of tomorrow from research and development of new products to market launch and international marketing of innovations. EurA accelerates innovations, implements cross-sectoral technology transfer and manages more than 50 national and international innovation networks that tackle the challenges of today’s economy and ecology.
Since 1989, Polis has supported its member cities and regions in achieving their mobility policy objectives. Polis fosters cooperation and partnerships across Europe and with the EU, to make transport research and innovation more accessible to cities and regions and provides decision makers with the necessary tools for making sustainable mobility policies a reality.
Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance
The CNCA is a collaboration of leading global cities working to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80-100% by 2050 or sooner — the most aggressive GHG reduction targets undertaken anywhere by any city. The CNCA aims to address what it will take for leading international cities to achieve these deep emissions reductions and how they can work together to meet their respective goals more efficiently and effectively.
The Town & Country Planning Association, founded in 1899, is the UK’s oldest independent charity focused on planning and sustainable development. The TCPA puts social justice and the environment at the heart of policy debate, and seeks to inspire government, industry and campaigners to take a fresh perspective on majors issues, including planning policy, housing, regeneration and climate change.
Norwegian Networking Partners
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel sets strict environmental requirements in all relevant phases of a product’s life cycle and can be obtained for more than 200 different product types. It is an effective tool to help companies that want to go ahead with sustainable solutions – and thereby enable consumers and professional buyers to choose the most environmentally friendly goods and services.
Norwegian Green Building Council
Norwegian Green Building Council (Grønn Byggallianse) is a non-profit association where businesses from the entire value chain in construction and real estate can be a member. It is to be the most important Norwegian catalyst for a sustainable building and real estate sector.
National Association of Norwegian Architects
NAL is a leading supplier of knowledge in the fields of environment and sustainability. Through project collaboration with governments and national research resources, they develop new approaches and bring out best practices and pilot projects focused on achieving change in practice. With a multidisciplinary approach, NAL aims to increase collaboration between architects, consultants and other stakeholders in the construction industry.
Oslo Architecture Triennale
Oslo Architecture Triennale is the Nordic region’s biggest architecture festival, and one of the world’s prominent arenas for discussion of architectural and urban challenges. OAT 2019 will challenge the supremacy of economic growth as the basis of contemporary societies and is inviting to explore the architecture of a new economy in which human and ecological flourishing matter most – the architecture of Degrowth.
Sustainability Hub Norway
S-HUB is committed to gathering people and leading companies and institutions to increase knowledge, build relationships, and accelerate sustainability initiatives. Through hosting events, circles, workshops, and by making news and tools available, they are equipping their members with the sustainability leadership that is necessary to creative, actionable, and sustainable change in cities throughout Norway.
Norsk Fjernvarme is a membership organization for the Norwegian District Heating and Cooling industry. They are promoting renewable and carbon-neutral urban energy solutions in Norway. Members account for over 80 % of district heating production in nearly 100 urban areas. Urban energy solutions are reusing thermal energy which otherwise would be wasted, replacing fossil oil heaters in Norwegian cities and making room in the power grid for electrification of other sectors.
Nabolagshager is an Oslo-based social enterprise focusing on rooftop farming, eco-innovation and green community initiatives. Their goal is promoting a shift to sustainability through entrepreneurship and knowledge exchange. They address local issues such as the integration of vulnerable communities, green job creation especially for the youth, and the increase of urban biodiversity.
Construction materials now often comprise over half of the total climate footprint of buildings. Sustainable cities require lifecycle attention in design, procurement, certification and digital solutions for the building materials. Greenbuilt.no accelerates awareness and knowledge about trustable eco-documented materials.
Norwegian Organization of Interior Architects and Furniture Designers
NIL is a national NGO gathering interior architects and furniture designers. NIL secures its members professional and legal interests and works to promote the professions and their visibility. Its members are focused on sustainability and circular economy. NIL is an associated member of Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) where degrowth is the chosen theme for OAT 2019.
Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s most important instrument for innovation and development of enterprises and industry. IN has taken a proactive role in steering companies towards thinking and acting in a more sustainable way. IN beliefs, the most promising opportunities for Norwegian companies can be found in the area of green innovation and in the intersection between the public and private sectors. Today, almost 30% of the total financial portfolio has an environmentally focused profile.
Ruter plans, coordinates, orders and markets public transport in Oslo and Akershus. Traditionally, Ruter has had their eyes fixed on how to provide „public transport“. Now the view expands our view towards a „sustainable freedom of movement. Ruter have chosen to use the UN’s SDGs as a framework to understand and strengthen their position.
TreFokus – Wood Focus Norway
Wood Focus Norway is a national market development company working towards sustainable building and urban development. It is a company that works in cooperation with more than 25 different partners (NGOs, companies and R&D-organizations) in the entire building sector all over Norway and in the Nordic region.
Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation
Climate data sets clear targets for a carbon neutral Norway by 2050, and a change in building methods and technology is necessary to achieve these goals. The Ministry of Local Government and Modernization is collaborating with FutureBuilt to provide valuable model projects for both private and public actors.
VVP is a not-for-profit Norwegian trade association representing the interests of 40 Norwegian companies that manufacture, sell, and distribute plumbing, hydronic heating, and waterwork products (incl. municipal water supply and sewer drainage). Total industry sales exceed NOK 6.5 billion annually.
Academic & Research Partners
CIENS – Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research – is a strategic research collaboration of eight independent research institutes and the University of Oslo. The centre builds on a shared scientific strategy and cooperation on research projects. Urban sustainability is the theme that unites them the strongest in their endeavours.
LSE Cities is an international research centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science that has pioneered interdisciplinary work on how cities across the world are designed, planned and managed to be more sustainable and equitable. The Centre studies how people and cities interact in a rapidly urbanising world.
University of Applied Science Technikum Wien
The expansion of renewable energies and their integration into urban energy systems pose huge challenges, in particular in densely populated areas. UAS Technikum Wien works closely with research bodies, the energy industry, and other Austrian companies, and advises politicians and public bodies in this key area.
Norwegian Institute for Air Research
NILU is one of the world’s leading research institutes in the areas of urban air quality, environmental health and climate change. Its work contributes significantly to achieving the SDGs, especially within the priority areas: nature-based solutions and well-being, policy support, circular economy and bio-economy, sustainability of energy systems and environmental forensics.
NMBU – Norwegian University of Life Sciences
In its various faculties, NMBU educates landscape architects, planners and real estate developers who develop sustainable solutions for urban environments, works around the efficient use of wood in building structures and deals with urban agriculture and water drainage systems aiming to reduce pollution and CO2 emission.
Future Mobility Center
The Future Mobility Center unites the competences of RWTH Aachen University in the field of mobility research. Together with their partners, they develop sustainable solutions for the mobility of tomorrow. The goal is to provide an interdisciplinary platform for cooperation between science, industry and politics. In this way, FMC is bridging the gap between research results and marketable innovations.
TØI – Norwegian Centre for Transport Research
TØI is a national institution for transport research and development.The main objectives of TØI are to carry out applied research on issues connected with transport and to promote the application of research results by advising the authorities, the transport industry and the public at large. Its sphere of activity includes most of the current major issues in road, rail, sea and air transport.
Fraunhofer ISE (Institute for Solar Energy Systems)
With a staff of 1,200, the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg (Germany) is the largest solar energy research institute in Europe. It is committed to promoting sustainable, economic, safe and socially just energy supply systems based on renewable energies. Research provides the technological foundations for supplying cities with energy, focusing on efficiency, conversion, distribution and storage.