The rapid pace of urbanization affects millions of people around the globe, posing challenges for health, safety and the environment. It also creates a growing global demand for solutions for the urban environment.
The Nordic countries can offer high quality solutions to global urban challenges based on Nordic strengths such as good governance, public-private partnerships, design tradition, environmental and social consciousness as well as robust technological solutions.
Now, Nordic Innovation has co-financed four Nordic projects that will host activities promoting sustainable Nordic urban development solutions to stakeholders outside the Nordic region. Combined, the projects have a total budget of NOK 6 122 600 and have received NOK 2 095 200 in co-financing.
The funding comes from the Nordic Sustainable Cities special initiative and the projects will be run in 2020 and 2021.
Promotion activities and collaboration models
The four projects will host events and activities in the Nordic countries, the UK, India and Singapore. The actitives span from creating a model for international smart city collaboration to hosting workshops, matchmaking meetings and give business support.
Senior Innovation Adviser at Nordic Innovation, Håkan Lind, is working closely with the four projects and is excited to see what impact the projects will have.
"We originally received 34 applications for co-financing, so the competition for these grants were really though. We are confident that the selected projects will contribute to strengthen the Nordic brand globally and help promote Nordic businesses outside the Nordic region", says Lind.
Since 2017, Nordic Innovation has co-financed 30 Nordic activities and events that has promoted sustainable Nordic urban development solutions to stakeholders all over the globe through seven rounds of grants for such events and activities. The projects have had a combined budget of NOK 35 million and have received NOK 12 million in co-funding from Nordic Innovation.
"We are happy to have facilitated so many strong Nordic partnerships with these grants. Together, they have done a formidable effort in branding and promoting Nordic solutions to global urban challenges and have demonstrated the impact we can create when we work together", says Svein Berg, Managing Director of Nordic Innovation.
The grants have been given out through the Nordic Sustainable Cities special initiative. Nordic Sustainable Cities is a part of Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges, which is the five Nordic prime ministers' initiative to share knowledge and experience from the Nordic region to help reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative is coordinated by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
These are the financed projects:
Nordic-UK Sustainable Cities Partnership
The aim of the Nordic-UK Sustainable Cities Partnership is to cement the Nordics' joint responsibility and relationship with the UK in combating climate change through a collaborative workshop series based in London. The workshops will focus on three specific thematic areas, namely, circular economy and waste management, urban mobility as well as integrated planning. This project will help increase collaboration between sustainable cities in the UK and the Nordics, as well as further strengthen the networks of Nordic stakeholders.
Organizers: Business Sweden (Project Lead), Business Finland, Innovation Norway and the Embassy of Iceland in London.
Contact person: Robin Bangs (Business Sweden), email@example.com
The Nordic Smart City Model
The Nordic Smart City Model project will constitute a basis for future Nordic and international smart city collaboration, strengthening the brand of the Nordics as a leading smart city region and providing an alternative, people-centred smart city model to the world. Activities will span across three phases, including several workshops in the Nordics for relevant smart city players, a mapping of the 10-15 best existing projects in the region, to a showcasing of the Nordic smart city model to an international audience.
Organizers: Design and Architecture Norway - DOGA (Project Lead), The Nordic Smart City Network, Bloxhub, Demos Helsinki, Danish Architecture Center – DAC, Nordic Edge, Nordic Urban Resilience Institute, Innovation Centre Iceland, Arctic Mayors Forum and Iceland Design Centre.
Contact person: Malin Kock Hansen (DOGA), firstname.lastname@example.org
Nordic Solutions in Sewage and Sludge Treatment – An Offer to India
Building upon an established contact with relevant Indian stakeholders in Mumbai, the aim of the project is to bring innovative Nordic solutions within the water sector to Mumbai, Indore and Pimpari in India. As such, several value chains will be created where Nordic companies can collaborate in order to provide full-scale solutions to various water-related challenges in these cities. Project activities range from an information platform, matchmaking sessions, and a pre-study which will build a base for establishing a full-scale project.
Organizers: IVL – Swedish Environmental Research Institute (Project Lead), CAMBI Group, Scania AB, Gasum Corporation, Nordic Water Product AB and CSIR – National Environmental Engineering Research Institute.
Contact person: Rupali Deshmukh (IVL), email@example.com
Sustainable Nordic Solutions for urban developments in Southeast Asia 2020
The project will create a “Smart City Program” which will strengthen the Nordic brand within sustainable urban development and help guide Nordic companies to the Southeast Asian and Singapore smart city market. Activities include promotion of Nordic sustainable city solutions, business support for Nordic startups, study tours, networking events and information sharing.
Organizers: Innovation Norway in Singapore (Project Lead), Business Sweden in Singapore, Embassy of Finland in Singapore, Embassy of Denmark in Singapore, Embassy of Iceland in Tokyo and the Nordic Innovation House Singapore.
Contact person: Per Christer Lund (Innovation Norway in Singapore), firstname.lastname@example.org