A busy Penta Helix-year in Østfold county

More than 10 events completed with over 1000 participants.

The PentaHelix Project and the development of new climate and energy plans was the main focus for Klima Østfold, Østfold County Council and the municipalities in Østfold during the autumn of 2018. The work was organized in thematic groups that have consisted of professionals from the municipalities, the county municipality, the county governor and the Klima Østfold-secretariat. Based on the item groups, a number of events have been carried out to prepare factual basis on status and proposals for tools and measures from different target groups.

More than 10 events, with over 1000 participants were completed during the last three months of 2018. Below you can read more about some of the events.

Østfold’s energy system in a low and zero emissions society

15 October, in Halden

This workshop explored the future of Østfold’s energy system, with hopes of gathering good input that can be used in the municipal and regional climate and energy plans. We wanted to find out what Østfold County can contribute in reaching the ambition to limit global warming as part of the Paris Agreement.

Grain dryers that run on renewable energy – what options exist?

17 October, in Rakkestad

Local farms are drying and storing more grain than ever before. The county has a long-term goal of reducing the use of fossil fuels for this purpose. What solutions are available?

What is a green municipal economy?

24 October, in Fredrikstad

This seminar explored how municipalities can manage climate risks related to investments, placements and insurance policies. How can tools and methods like climate-friendly budgets, green loans and climate-weighted investments help us implement the ambitious political goals that have been set for our sector? The event was a collaboration with the local government funding agency, Kommunalbanken.

Climate-smart city planning and mobility

26 October, in Råde

 This workshop was comprised of groups that will work together to plan a new fictional town called Greenville in the Municipality of Greenery. Greenville will be the most eco-friendly town on the map after we explore the possibilities that are available in existing legislation and opportunities in land intervention, mobility solutions and the use of other types of climate technology. This workshop resulted in a booklet that can serve as real-life guidelines for the municipalities.

Eco-friendly building 2.0: Materials and renewable energy for construction sites

31 October, in Askim

Climate-friendly construction has been on the agenda for a very long time. There is still much to gain by improving energy efficiency, especially in older buildings. This was a combined seminar/workshop which aimed to take a closer look at the carbon footprint from construction materials and emissions-free and/or renewable options at construction sites for construction projects.

A climate calculator for agriculture

31 October, in Sarpsborg

The Norwegian Agricultural Advisory Board (Norsk landbruksrådgivning) and Klimasmart Landbruk have prepared a climate calculator for grain producers which is now being tested for the first time at farms around Østfold County. How can a climate calculator benefit farmers who work with livestock and/or crop production, and can the calculator help municipalities improve their climate plans?

Silviculture as a climate initiative

01 November, in Ørje

Climate issues are becoming increasingly hard to ignore. What positive and negative impact does forestry have on the climate – now and in the future? The municipalities are putting more effort and knowledge into creating viable climate and energy plans. How can silviculture contribute in realistic terms to help us reach the UN sustainable development goals?

The future of green transport and logistics systems

06 November, in Moss

The transport sector will play a key role in the transition to a low-emission society. This will create many opportunities for operators in the vehicles industry, which may be the foundation on which the majority of Norwegian businesses and industrial operators can become more sustainable. This workshop explored viable opportunities to that effect and discuss time frames for when commercial transportation in Østfold County can be completely free of fossil fuels.

Making industry in Østfold more eco-friendly

5th, 13th or 16th November

We have many good examples of the green shift among heavy industry and manufacturing companies in Østfold County. This workshop we were presented to some of their stories, and took a closer look at and discussed potential solutions and barriers to renewable energy and how resources in the heavy industries can be used more efficiently.

Breakfast meeting: The Future of Retail

15 November, in Askim

Employee-free stores, leasing of goods, and drones – the future of shopping is already here. How quickly are these changes occurring? We took a closer look at new business models that are both profitable and sustainable. We also heard about eco-friendly modes of transport that can bring more people downtown, and we discussed how we can stimulate these positive measures.

International Climate Communication Conference

27 November, in Moss

In cooperation with stakeholders from the rest of Europe, we aimed to find out how to communicate about climate change in a way that inspires people to act.