Partners #UFGC19 .
Better together .
#UFGC19 is organised 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?
As cities get ever larger, more congested and urbanised, enabling efficient, sustainable, and affordable urban mobility will become a pressing challenge. Airbus believes that the solution lies in the sky. As a leader of the Urban Air Mobility Initiative supported by the European Commission, Airbus is uniting public and private stakeholders to make the most out of ground and air transport solutions, city by city. From flying vehicles to helicopters on demand, Airbus’ portfolio of future-ready, socially-conscious projects is helping to overcome this challenge and transform our cities for the better.
Sweco plans and designs the communities and cities of the future. They offer services in the fields of consulting engineering, environmental technology and architecture. With 14,500 employees in Northern Europe, Sweco carries out thousands of projects in 70 countries all over the world. Their projects result in sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure and access to clean water.
EY’s Future Cities solution stresses the importance of public and private sector collaboration to co-design a holistic approach for resilient cities that integrates emerging technologies and puts citizens at the heart. With their network of professionals from assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, they are dedicated to serving government, public and private sector organizations.
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 digitalisation, 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.
ÅF is an engineering and design company offering project and construction management, consulting, lighting design and architecture. The company creates sustainable solutions for the next generation through talented people and technology. Today the ÅF Group has 10 000 employees and offices in more than 30 countries across the globe. ÅF works with the full range of land-based construction and infrastructure projects, from urban development to small and large buildings such as daycare centres or the new Oslo airport.
LINK arkitektur is one of the leading architect offices in Scandinavia. In addition to construction architecture, LINK also has wide and accessible expertise in planning, landscaping, interiors and the maritime/offshore sector. LINK is determined to find the balance between the environment, economic growth and social sustainability in architecture.
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. Veidekke has a strong focus on climate-friendly construction, for example by establishing a fossil-free fleet of machinery.
Cree by Rhomberg
40% of today’s energy, CO2 and resource consumption and 40% of waste production are accounted by the global construction industry. The Cree System is a multi-story, timber based, sustainable building approach, which provides a flexible construction system that meets all requirements of modern real estate markets. The wood-based system is meant to prove that there are new timber technologies and serial processes available where a modern, system approach to construction can be applied.
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
Together towards sustainable, climate-resilient and vibrant cities. The European Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional governments voluntarily committed to reducing CO2 emissions, adapting to climate changes impacts and providing citizens with sustainable, secure and affordable energy.
Around the world, C40 Cities connects 96 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe.
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.
Council of European Municipalities and Regions
Representing 130,000 towns, cities, regions and their networks, CEMR is committed to sustainable cities in many ways. In the EU and beyond, they advocate for suitable legislation, share knowledge, and gather Europe’s top experts on the climate & energy transition, waste and mobility. They also run sustainable projects such as the Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities or the Covenant of Mayors – which they coordinate in Europe and in Africa.
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!“
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.
WWF One Planet Cities Challenge
WWF Cities works with local governments to raise their climate ambitions and engage their citizens in mass behavior change. Their centerpiece is the One Planet City Challenge. It is the largest and longest running of its kind. From 2019, participating cities will be evaluated against their alignment with the goal of 1.5°C of maximum global warming. Cities will further be guided to big win impact reductions. Want your city to sign up?
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.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, putting the circular economy on the agenda of decision-makers across businesses, governments, and academia. The charity’s work focuses on five interlinking areas: insight and analysis; learning and training; business and government; systemic initiatives; and communications.
Urban Innovative Actions
Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is an Initiative of the EU that provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. To answer the increasingly complex challenges they face, urban authorities need to go beyond traditional policies and services. UIA offers urban authorities with the possibility to take a risk and experiment the most innovative and creative solutions.
Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy
The Urban Agenda for the EU represents a new multi-level working method promoting cooperation between Member States, cities, the European Commission and other stakeholders in order to stimulate growth, liveability and innovation in European cities. There are separate partnerships established on 14 priority urban themes, among them Circular Economy. The Partnership on Circular Economy aims to stimulate the re-use, repair, refurbishment and recycling of existing materials and products to promote new growth and job opportunities.
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.
European Green Capital & Green Leaf Award Secretariat
The European Green Capital and European Green Leaf Awards are both European Commission initiatives that reward European towns and cities that are making efforts to improve the urban environment and move towards healthier and sustainable living areas. Each year, the Awards are given to European cities that have a consistent record of achieving high environmental standards; are committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development; and can act as a role model to inspire other cities to promote environmental best practices across Europe.
ANCI is the Italian Association of Cities and Municipalities. It represents local governments at the national level and promotes sustainable urban development through the participation in EU co-funded projects. ANCI makes an active commitment towards the creation of a national urban agenda and the promotion of EU initiatives such as the URBACT programme in the framework of the activities of the National URBACT Point for Italy.
USDN – Urban Sustainability Directors Network
The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is a peer-to-peer network of local government professionals from communities across the US and Canada dedicated to creating a healthier environment, economic prosperity, and increased social equity. Our dynamic network enables sustainability directors and staff to share best practices and accelerate the application of good ideas across North America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pådriv (losely translated as “Front Runner”) is a partnership between public, private and social actors who are working together for the improved sustainable urban development of Hovinbyen, Norway’s largest urban development area for the next 20-30 years – a development that is socially inclusive, environmentally friendly and economically feasible. Pådriv aims to help create a paradigm shift within the current constructs of sustainable urban development in Norway and internationally.
Circular Norway is an independent industry association working to accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular economy for Norwegian business and industry. CN does this by engaging in and highlighting the need for business model innovation, design thinking and optimizing value cycles. The aim is to enable resource productivity within the city and beyond, and to create sustainable growth and new green jobs. Circular Norway considers that cities and CityChangers are the ultimate enablers for the circular economy!
Nor-Shipping is commited to working towards more sustainable and responsible practices in the maritime industry. Trade activity on our world’s oceans have significant and direct impact on cities. Nor-Shipping has recently pledged to the 10 principles of UN Global Compact, hired their first ever Head of Sustainability and Technology, and launched ISO 20121 Green Event certification projects. At the Nor-Shipping 2019 exhibiton in June 2019, a whole hall will be dedicated to sustainable, innovative and disruptive ocean industry solutions.
OREEC (Oslo Renewable Energy and Environment Cluster) is a network with businesses, research institutes, education and public actors within the field of renewable energy and environment in the Oslo region. OREEC’s purpose is to increase innovation, business opportunities and value creation for the partners. OREEC is organised as a separate department within Kunnskapsbyen Centre of Innovation.
Tekna (Technical and Natural Sciences Association) is both a professional organisation and a trade union. It’s Norway’s largest organisation for scientists and engineers with a Master’s degree and has 76,000 individual members. Tekna is driving the change towards sustainability through training and network building amongst its members, through political initiatives and through innovative sustainability projects like pådriv.no.
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.
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.
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.
BI Norwegian Business School
BI Norwegian Business School is the largest business school in Norway and the second largest in Europe. BI’s vision is shaping people and business for an international, digital and sustainable future. BI uses UN’s sustainability targets within tutoring and research on four campuses, with the main one located in Oslo.
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.
UiO – Oslo University
The University of Oslo (UiO) is Norway’s leading university. Many of the 21st century’s global challenges in areas such as climate, energy, health, poverty and violation of human rights observe neither disciplinary boundaries nor geographic borders. UiO aims to make a significant contribution to the knowledge base that is needed to address the major societal challenges of today. UiO is working closely with the City of Oslo and other partners to make Oslo a sustainable knowledge capital.
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.
The Research Council of Norway
The Research Council of Norway supports research and innovation activities with public funding of 9 billion NOK annually. The Council promotes innovation and sustainability, with research programmes on clean energy, transport, carbon capture and storage, the maritime sector and smart cities, amongst others. On May 21, 2019, the Council will host the annual Energy Research Conference in downtown Oslo.
Oslo Metropolitan University – NIBR
NIBR is research institute at Oslo Metropolitan University in applied urban and regional social and environmental research. NIBR’s work on urban and local sustainability stretches back to the 1980s, with the publication of the Brundtland report and the Local Agenda 21. The institute works closely with national and international city authorities in many applied research projects related to city governance, climate transformation, urban mobility, compact city development, public health, migration and integration, and sustainable social and economic decelopment.
ZEN – Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities
Their goal is to develop solutions for future buildings and neighbourhoods with no GHG emissions and thereby to contribute to a low-carbon society. In order to achieve this, they develop neighbourhood design and planning instruments integrating science-based knowledge on GHG emissions. A series of neighbourhood-scale pilot projects acts as innovation hubs and testing grounds for the solutions developed in the ZEN Research Centre.
JPI Urban Europe
JPI Urban Europe is an intergovernmental research and innovation programme addressing the global urban challenges of today with the ambition to develop a European hub on urban matters and create solutions by means of coordinated research and innovation. Their task is to connect public authorities, civil society, scientists, innovators, and business to provide a new environment for research and innovation. The main mission is to develop knowledge, tools and platforms for dialogues on urban transitions.
Fridtjof Nansen Institute
The Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) is an independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics and law. FNI has been voted ‘best European think tank’ in the field of energy and environment two years in a row, and also does research related to global environmental governance and law, climate change, biodiversity, Law of the Sea and marine affairs, Chinese energy and environment issues, and polar and Russian politics.
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.
CICERO – Center for International Climate Research
CICERO executes research that makes a real difference on the local level. They focus on all aspects of the processes of transformation towards a low-emission society. They can assist with knowledge of processes (called ‘Short-travelled Quality’), calculations and instruments, and knowledge about climate affairs in the municipal sector.
One Earth, a new journal published by Cell Press, is the home for high-quality research that breaks down barriers and encourages collaboration in environmental change and sustainability science. One Earth publishes research across the spectrum of natural, social, and applied sciences, with a particular interest in integrated, transdisciplinary studies. The papers we publish provide insight into the drivers and scales of environmental change, identify risks and implications for society, and develop transformative sustainable solutions.