Nordic Edge Cross-Atlantic set out highlight some of the most pressing issues for cities in the Nordics and the United States to reach international climate goals. Through three sessions, high-level speakers from both sides of the Atlantic outlined the challenges and opportunities that lie in this feat.

Watch the conference here.

No Way Norway!

In session I, about the future of EV mobility, a wonderful line-up of speakers including Sveinung Rotevatn, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment and the SAMS Cluster presented next level electrical and autonomous mobility. Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, Deputy Mayor of Transportation and Environment in Oslo and Tyson Eckerle from the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) discussed, in a mini panel, about their respective climate strategies. Get a taste of nudging in Denmark and wise comparisons of the two markets from former Minister and U.S. resident, Ketil Solvik-Olsen.

Sustainable Urban Living

In New York City alone, one million buildings need to be retrofitted to reach the city’s climate targets. And that’s just one city. Two distinctively different organisations, the C40 Cities network of the world’s megacities and SMB Vestre are among the speakers in this session. If a small SMB can create real change, so can you.

Nordic Smart City Summit

There’s no such thing as copyright, only a right to copy. Svein Berg, Director of Nordic Innovation and William Fulton, Director of The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University led the way in this session about Nordic-U.S. collaboration. Hear directly from cities on both sides of the Atlantic about initiatives to tackle climate goals together with private partners.

Continue the Dialogue

The three sessions at Nordic Edge Cross-Atlantic highlighted some of the key issues with reaching international climate targets. In the words of Nikolai Astrup, Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Modernisation:

“The world is currently not on track to reach the 2030 goals. It is still not fast enough, and the COVID-19 pandemic could further threaten the target. The 2020 decade must be the decade of action. To me, it’s obvious: sustainability, digitalisation and innovation are linked.”

We hope the programme has inspired dialogue across sectors and across the Atlantic Ocean. If you want to get in contact with any of the representatives, please e-mail Project Manager at Nordic Edge, Karina Lavik: