A group of Nordic partners have joined together to develop a collaborative platform to support the export of Nordic solutions. Business Finland, CLEAN, Innovation Norway, Promote Island, Smart City Sweden, Smart Innovation Norway and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, who will develop the platform, have the unique opportunity to collaborate with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in supporting their cities to deliver concrete actions to complex climate challenges.
Globally there is a huge focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), which cities around the world are trying to achieve. One of the leading organisations working with these issues cities is the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. C40 cities is a network of more than 90 of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change, representing over 650 Million people and one quarter of the global economy. Cities who take part in this network are required to have a comprehensive plan to deliver their contribution towards the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise to no more than 1.5°C above industrial average.
Cities are the demand drivers for the needed change, these markets are very attractive for individual companies in the Nordics, however, these global cities demand solutions rather than individual components and technologies which often becomes too big a challenge for individual companies.
By combining the strength of the Nordics and collaborating with C40’s network of global cities, Nordic Solutions for C40 will create a self-sustaining Nordic platform that will develop a space for joint Nordic business-to-business collaboration to respond to the leads received through the C40 Network.
Nordic Solutions for C40 aims to:
The partners in the Nordic Solutions for C40 have already established a strong working relationship through working together in activities at the Barcelona Smart City World Congress and Expo, Smart City New York Expo, and in organising the Sustainable Urban Solutions conference in Copenhagen which was part of the Nordic Clean Energy Week. The partners regard these activities as important strategic building blocks to realise a larger goal of boosting Nordic exports and these future events will support the initiatives for the Nordic Solutions for C40.
This project is financed as part of the Nordic prime ministers’ initiative Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges, which is coordinated by the Nordic Council of Ministers with the aim of strengthening the Nordic brand, add value to existing trade promotion efforts through Nordic cooperation and to expand the market potential for Nordic businesses.