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Nordic Transition Partnership for Climate Neutral Cities 2030 (NTP)

Project 2020 - 2022 Closed

This project is looking to establish an operational Nordic partnership that aims at accelerating the transition in small and medium sized municipalities to become climate neutral by 2030. We want to provide cities with a Nordic toolbox and roadmap that can help municipalities turn strategies into action and to implement and scale up new systems and solutions by giving directionality for their investment efforts. The partnership will also develop a business offer for small and medium sized municipalities in the Nordics, based on the partners’ different strengths.

As of today, most larger municipalities in the Nordics have developed and started to implement smart city and circular economy strategies, including transformative business models based on sharing, industrial symbiosis networks etc. Some of them include a citizen-centric approach and collaboration with local academia and business. Research based innovation programs that include all of these four sectors (quadruple helix) are needed in order to transform the way cities work.

Many of the smaller municipalities have the same intentions but might lack time, funding or resources to follow the same progress. The challenges that these municipalities face when turning strategy into operation is not unique to any Nordic country. This project brings some of the leading Nordic organisations that offer support in these processes together in order to share best practice and to examine comparative advantages.

The ambition of this partnership is to help turning ambitious strategies into concrete action on a local level, by offering support to small and medium sized municipalities through a joint Nordic methodology that recognizes that municipalities are in the position to enable and encourage the local business sector to provide transformative innovations that meet the needs of the city and its inhabitants, in order for them to lead a good life within planetary boundaries.

News from the project

In April 2021, the NTP report: Voices from Nordic Climate Neutral Frontrunners was published. The report presents the trends, opportunities and challenges that the project-team identified from interviews with small and medium sized municipalities across the Nordics.


The Nordic Prime Ministers have decided on a new vision for Nordic cooperation. The Nordic countries are to become the most integrated, sustainable region in the world by 2030, emphasizing green (circular and biobased), competitive and socially inclusive societies. The Nordic countries have the strongholds needed to be frontrunners in the circular economy. However, there are still issues to resolve in order to reach the climate targets and Sustainable Development Goals, especially number 12 (Sustainable production and consumption) and 13 (Climate Change).

The call, where the project was funded was designed to enable cooperation actions that can turn strategies into concrete solutions to help reduce the CO2 footprint, reduce and optimize material use, promote innovations and implement new business models. The call for proposals: Circular Cities & New Circular Solutions addressed two of the four action areas that currently make up Nordic Innovation’s Nordic Sustainable Business Transformation program.


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Smart Innovation Norway

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Viable Cities

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Smart City Insights

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Reykjavik municipality

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Business Tampere


Hanna Törmänen Innovation Adviser

Hanna Törmänen

Senior Innovation Adviser
Hanna has background in Nordic and international exports, public-private cooperation, project management and market analysis. Her focus at Nordic Innovation is to support Nordic businesses and ecosystems in their transition towards sustainable and circular business models.


Marthe Haugland - Senior Innovation Adviser

Marthe Haugland

Senior Innovation Adviser
Marthe combines her international experience with her knowledge of business development and innovation to promote Nordic cooperation within the circular economy. She belives Nordic cooperation can drive the systemic change and give Nordic companies a competitive edge going forward.

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