Eight Nordic cities hosting Climathons in 2019

On 25 October, cities around the world are participating in #Climathon – a global event where cities are hacking solutions for some of the most pressing challenges facing cities today. This year’s Climathon features eight Nordic cities, all focused on translating climate action solutions into tangible projects, supporting climate positive businesses & start-ups and addressing local policy changes.

Read more about the Nordic cities and their challenges below. 

Aalborg, Denmark

When it comes to large-scale data access, testing and demonstration, startups, innovation and exports, Aalborg has great potential with its industrial background, its transformation into a global knowledge and industrial city, its ambitious business strategy and its spearheads in sustainability and digitalization combined with will and cooperation. When it comes to testing facilities, technology, implementation and research into new energy solutions and commitment, Aalborg is already a  frontrunner.

The Challenges:

Aarhus, Denmark

Micromobility – a smart and sustainable solution for Aarhus‘ future transport? Join the Aarhus Climathon to find local solutions to the climate crisis and help creating the vision for a more sustainable city of the future. Transport is the biggest challenge when it comes to cutting Aarhus’ CO2-emissions, which is why the 2019 Climathon will deal with micromobility.

The Challenge:

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is Denmarks largest city and the capital city of Denmark. The City of Copenhagen has set a goal of becoming the first 100% carbon neutral capital by 2025. This should among others be achived by becoming a test centre for showcasing green solutions. The purpose of the Climathon is to identify innovative energy, mobility and ICT solutions, which can contribute to a 70% CO2 emission reduction by 2030.

The Challenges:

Esbjerg, Denmark

Esbjerg is Denmark’s fifth largest city with around 72,000 inhabitants. Today, more than 13,500 people work within the energy sector in Esbjerg, which, in addition to oil, gas, and wind, also counts bioenergy and intelligent energy systems. With a turnover of around 110 billion DKK hereby contributes significantly to the Danish GDP. Production, distribution, design and consulting, as well as monitoring and maintenance of oil/gas installations, and offshore windturbines are particular strengths of Denmark and Esbjerg in particular.

The Challenges:

Lund, Sweden

Lund, a small city in the south of Sweden, is located in an ever-expanding region with a great focus on sustainability. They want to create a city where you can live a climate friendly life and expand the city with a low climate impact.

The climate impact of the construction industry has not been in the focus of attention. Considering its large impact and share of GHG emissions in Lund, Swden and globally, the issue needs to be addressed.

The Challenges:

Mikkeli, Finland

Climate is changing, so should Mikkeli

The event is organised to unite students, citizens and professionals with local authorities and major enterprises in the environmental field to create a sustainable future through bold ideas and concepts.

The Challenges:

Note: The Climathon in Mikkeli will take place on 8-9 November.

Reykjavík, Iceland

Become a climate hacker by joining Climathon Reykjavík. In the 24-hour hackathon you are challenged to innovate, create and eventually solve local challenges put forward by the city of Reykjavík and Matís. Climathon Reykjavík will tackle the mobility challenge the city is facing today in order to make the city more sustainable.

The Challenge:

  • How can we make mobility in Reykjavík more sustainable? Transportation accounts for 20% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of Iceland and for 58% of the emission of Reykjavík city. It impacts the quality of life, health and the environment and this needs to be acted on now. How can we reduce its impact?

Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway, with about 197,000 inhabitants and is known as the technological capital of Norway. Trondheim has a long tradition of environmental excellence and commitment with one of the main goals of developing Trondheim into a smart and sustainable city where it is easy for the inhabitants to live environmentally friendly.

The Challenge:

For information on all the Climathons taking place in 100+ across sic continents, visit the Climathon website, the Climathon Cities 2019 page and follow #Climathon across social media.

 
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