Oslo, Norway

The city of Oslo has ambitious climate targets: reducing emissions by 95% and becoming climate resilient by 2030. Oslo’s climate strategy outlines the measures that are needed to achieve the targets. Climate mitigation and adaptation is integrated into all decision-making. To ensure that Oslo moves in the right direction, Oslo uses a climate budget to track implementation. Oslo’s climate ambition can only be achieved through a circular economy approach. Circular economy principles are already part of several of the city’s strategies, but now a more holistic plan for circular economy is being developed.

Future Built

An example of circular economy in practice is the Future Built initiative in the Oslo urban region. Future Built is piloting 54 building projects for climate neutral urban areas. In Oslo, an office building from the 1950’s in Kristian Augusts street, is being renovated and rebuilt by re-using materials such as concrete-slabs, steel and glass, radiators and doors. The construction site is emission-free, and the work space will be based on people using public transport.

Circular consumption

Oslo has developed a strategy for sustainable and circular consumption. This strategy focuses on reducing material consumption, through a future-oriented, circular and sustainable consumption. The strategy recognizes the possibilities in circular business models, while emphasizing consumption based on community models and non-profit-sharing schemes. In this way, Oslo can contribute to a more climate- and environment-friendly consumption, which also includes social aspects and a warmer and inclusive Oslo. The strategy and its objectives require cooperation across the municipality, residents, organizations and business.”