Nordic climate budgeting pioneers – best practice, tools and processes

In this webinar you will meet Nordic city representatives, researchers and consultants who will share their experiences, learnings and services on how to set up a climate budget and how to incorporate it into the core of city operations in order to accelerate the transition towards climate neutrality.

Arranged by Smart Innovation Norway and CLEAN Denmark as a part of the Nordic Innovation funded project Nordic Solutions for C40, in collaboration with C40 Oslo.

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During the last five years, Nordic cities have started using climate emission budgets to monitor their climate impact, develop climate strategies including goals and actions for how to reach climate neutrality and help meet the Paris agreement. Even more exciting are recent efforts to go further and connect these climate efforts with the ordinary budget processes within the municipalities as well as collaboration efforts with their surrounding ecosystems including the local business sector, academia and citizens.

In this webinar you will meet Nordic city representatives, researchers and consultants who will share their experiences, learnings and services on how to set up a climate budget and how to incorporate it into the core of city operations in order to accelerate the transition towards climate neutrality. 

At the end of the webinar you can join breakout-rooms of your choice to discuss further with the different webinar contributors. 

Who will be there?

Uppsala University / Climate Change Leadership node 

The Climate Change Leadership Node, Uppsala university

Focused around a 10-year series of visiting professorships, the Climate Change Leadership Node acts as a catalyst for public debate, research and education to directly address some of the most challenging questions that climate change poses to humanity. In total, five internationally recognised Zennström Professors in Climate Change Leadership will work with academics, students, civil society and public and private partners to both understand the scale of the civilisational transition needed to mitigate and adapt to climate change and to begin to develop routes towards that transition and prepare for adaptation.

The node is supported by a 10-year grant from the Zennström Philanthropies

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Martin Wetterstedt

Martin Wetterstedt is a researcher at the Climate Change Leadership Node at Uppsala university. He holds a PhD in soil carbon sequestration and after his dissertation he worked on the municipal level with climate, energy and sustainable cities, both as a civil servant and as a consultant. Recently he has been leading a project initiated by prof. Kevin Anderson and Isak Stoddard on developing carbon budgets for Swedish municipalities and regions. He has also taken part in a European project on energy system innovation.

Isak Stoddard 

Isak Stoddard is a PhD student in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development with a particular focus on regional climate and energy transformations. Over the past decade he has worked at the student-initiated Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) at the University of Uppsala and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Isak was also involved in the creation of the Climate Change Leadership Node at Uppsala university. 


Oslo (NO) – Heidi Sørensen, Director, Climate Agency 

Oslo was one of the first cities in the world – if not the first – to introduce a climate budget. The budget is a tool to operationalize our climate goals and the “Climate strategy” – on an annual basis. Heidi Sørensen will share some experiences on how to implement and develop Climate budgets as a tool to organize the climate work.


Tampere (FI) – Elina Seppänen, Energy and Climate Specialist 

Tampere city took up Oslo’s example and included their first Climate Budget in the financial plan of 2020. In Tampere the concept has been adapted to fit the resources of a slightly smaller city. The idea is to have the big abstract goal of carbon-neutrality more connected to everyday work and decision making in the city. The budget develops step by step from just yearly emission targets to climate action and financial resources to impacts. Elina Seppänen is in charge of the emissions side and will share more about what has been done so far and what are the plans for the future. 


Service Providers

Sweco (SWE) – Carbon Cost & Kausal Climate Watch

Anna-Emilia Joelsson, Head of Sustainability at Sweco infrastructure divisionKristofer

Sjöholm, Digital Development Lead at Sweco Sweden

Sonja-Maria Ignatius, CEO and co-founder of climate-tech startup Kausal Ltd

Carbon Cost is a service that aims to reduce the climate impact of construction and infrastructure projects with reduced construction costs and increased sustainability performance as a result. Climate-smart choices often lead to a reduction in the consumption of materials and energy and can have a direct effect on the cost picture. A win-win for both the project and the planet. 

Everything can be built climate-smart, but what does it cost? Until now, climate and cost have been calculated as two separate parameters in infrastructure projects. Carbon cost generates knowledge about the actual connection between them, and also about the turning point where cost and climate no longer develop in parallel. This makes it possible to prioritize methods that provide the most reduced climate impact for the money.


Kausal provides cities with a digital platform to communicate, simulate, monitor and manage their climate strategies. First built for the City of Helsinki Kausal Climate Watch provides a robust system to keep track of the progress of climate goals for cities and municipalities. Now several leading climate action cities in Finland are starting to use this cloud based tool as the central system in their everyday work with targets and indicators.

Sweco now can offer this advanced climate monitoring tool to customers in other Nordic countries. So if you have already set an ambitious climate target and now want to follow up and simulate the actions plans and see if they actually are meeting the goals or not, watch this presentation to learn on how to implement this tool in your organisation.


AsplanViak (NO) 

Alexander Borg, Senior Advisor, Energy and Environment at Asplan Viak

Carbon footprint management of your municipality

AsplanViak is one of Norway’s largest companies of consulting engineers and architects. For close to 60 years, the company has provided interdisciplinary advice and analysis to public and private organisations.

Klimakost is a tool that has helped over 100 municipalities manage their direct and indirect emissions. Our experience shows that including indirect emissions in the municipalities action plan, opens new possibilities for climate reductions, and lowers the probability of unexpected “carbon-bombs”.

Klimakost offers tailor made carbon footprint assessments to help focus your actions to areas where you can make a difference. Whether it be important carbon reduction measures in municipal services, or data-driven analyses to improve the city’s sustainable consumption, we can help create awareness of where you should focus your work and how to achieve your climate goals.

Climate Secretariat 

Anders Heggestad, Founder, Climate Visualizer

The Climate Secretariat is  an independent and non-profit organization that aims to digitalize, visualize and popularize climate science and climate statistics in order to speed up the transition to climate neutrality. In collaboration with Uppsala University we offer written reports and digital carbon budgets to municipalities – ClimateVisualizer. 

Webinar design

Block 1: Where are we today?

Leading research from Uppsala University set the stage for what needs to be done in order to reach the Paris Agreement. This includes the re-framing of the climate challenge from being about future safe emission levels, e.g. 2030- or 2050-targets, to being about carbon budgets and the temperature impact of emission pathways when all green-house gases are considered. Learn how in the UK and Sweden, municipalities, cities and regions are starting to use carbon budgets and how this can be communicated to citizens, companies and organisations using ClimateVisualizer.  

Block 2: What can cities do?

Two Nordic cities share their stories and show how they have measured their emissions and implemented their findings in different ways into the core operations of their respective cities.

Block 3: Pitch session

Sweco Sweden and AsplanViak from Norway will pitch their climate related services tailor-made for cities. 

Block 4: Breakout rooms

After the pitches you will be able to join the breakout room that you find most interesting. Discuss and connect with the different presenters.