About Climate Partners

Climate Partners ensure emission reduction and green value creation through close collaboration across the private and public sector. Together with our partners we are leading the way and great results are created by sharing knowledge and focusing on solutions.

Climate emission results are published annually and can show for impressive emission reductions achieved so far. We know that dialogue and problem solving across industries and sectors increases the pace of change and  green value creation. We set up effective meeting arenaes to highlight best practice examples and to share knowledge.

The Climate Partner model was established in Arendal in 2009. In recent years Climate Partnerships have been established in many more regions, and the goal is to be present in all regions nationwide. Each regional office is independent and free to establish it’s own regional focus, but each network works according to the same method, overall strategy and obligations.

In addition, we collaborate closely across the regions throughout country to optimize the value of the partnership.

OUR METHOD

All regional Climate Partner Networks work according to the same method and partner obligations.

Our partners commit to the following:

  1. Climate work and strategies must be deeply rooted in top management. Top management also commit to participate at key events and meetings.
  2. Environmental certification. (Environmental Lighthouse, ISO or similar.) The certification process should commence within one year after signing the partner agreement.
  3. Systematic environmental management. (Development of products or services with a focus on reducing emissions.)
  4. Preparation of annual climate accountancy in cooperation with Climate Partners, with the goal of gaining an overview of the emissions and ensuring an action plan for emission reduction
  5. Annual partnership fee.

In addition, we challenge all our Climate Partners to:

  1. Become fossil-free as soon as possible, but before 2030 (direct climate emissions).
  2. Root understanding of climate risk and green opportunities in the company’s overall management.
  3. Establish at least one lighthouse project for reducing greenhouse gas emissions or green business development.

Climate partner networks, in turn, will provide:

  1. An effective partnership and collaboration among the Climate Partner networks in Norway, across industries and sectors, subjects and functions and public and private enterprise.
  2. Assistance to certification: Advice, assist and link up partners with required knowledge.
  3. Climate accounting. Assists with the collection and compilation of data.
  4. Access to knowledge and expertise in green business development, climate risk and opportunities.
  5. Troubleshooting for an increased transition rate. For example, remove barriers and make green solutions and best practice known.
  6. Effective arenas for knowledge sharing.
  7. Top management meetings and seminars.
  8. A culture for sharing and dialogue.

Results

Climate partners have already shown impressive results in reduction of climate emissions that can found in our published annual climate accounts.
You will also find many best practice examples of green business development on our website.

 

Climate partners are organized as independent projects in each region and are owned by the respective county authorities. Each region has its own leader and steering group with representatives from the partners in the region. In addition, there is a national region coordinator that helps new regions get started.

 

ORGANISATION AND FINANCING

Climate partners are partly financed via grants from the county municipality, and partly via annual partnership fees.

The annual partnership fee for the business is between 10 000,- NOK and 50,000,- NOK based on the number of employees.
Please contact our regional managers for more information on the financing of the specific networks. In addition, we apply for project funds. In recent years, we have received funding both for national work and for projects in individual regions.

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In most regions the regional leader has fulltime position, in some regions 50%. In Agder, there is also a 50% advisory position associated with Climate Partners. All new networks so far have received 250,000,- NOK through funding from the Environmental Directorate in Norway. Further funds has also made it possible to maintain a national region coordinator that helps new regions get set up.