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Norway 203040: Business leadership on climate goals

The Norway 203040 Coalition held its annual leadership roundtable this month in Oslo. At this year’s event, the 24 participating organisations were joined by Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian minister for climate and environment; Idar Kreutzer, managing director of Finance Norway; and Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg also sent a video to the participants voicing her strong support for their work.

The Norway 203040 Coalition is the first of its kind to bring together the assets, skills and reach of some of the most successful companies in Norway to accelerate progress toward the government’s 2030 climate target: reducing emissions by 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels. Collectively, they employ over 100,000 people and have been in operation for nearly 2000 years. The coalition brings together business leaders from Agder Energi, Coca-Cola Enterprises, DNV GL, Hurtigruten, Hydro, IKEA Norway, Kongsberg Gruppen, Marine Harvest, Nordea Norway, Ruter, Snøhetta Oslo, SpareBank 1 Forsikring, Statkraft, Statnett, Statoil, Storebrand, Telenor Norway, Tine, Umoe and Veidekke, as well as contributing and supporting partners Elektroforeningen, WWF Norway, Xyntéo and ZERO. Learn more about the coalition and its aims here.

Unilever CEO Paul Polman addresses the annual Norway 203040 leadership roundtable in Oslo.

Unilever CEO Paul Polman addresses the annual Norway 203040 leadership roundtable in Oslo.

Norway 203040 focus areas

Over the course of this year the organizations have worked to identify the most material themes to take up and lead as a coalition. They’ve started developing ideas, pilots and action plans around them. The roundtable participants explored these themes in depth at the roundtable:

● Enhancing consumer awareness

● Advancing the circular economy

● Building a low-carbon neighbourhood

● Unlocking low-carbon growth in the maritime sector

● Electrifying transport

● Financing low-carbon growth

By combining forces across industries to generate project ideas in these themes, the coalition members believe that they can have a much greater impact than the sum of their individual efforts.

Join the discussion at #Norway203040

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn.

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