World Resource Institute

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway, monitors and protects the city’s blue-green infrastructure to ensure that forests, large trees, watersheds and other natural elements are maintained and enhanced.

“One of Oslo’s best qualities is that it is a green city surrounded by forests. Protecting and enhancing the forest and green areas is our best opportunity to tackle climate change and to help us become a zero-emission city. However, far away forests are also just as essential for our city to thrive. We depend on forests—especially those in the tropics—to safeguard our climate and ensure a positive future for everyone. As such, in Oslo we try to influence global trends by the way we buy and invest, which is why we are increasingly working to shift the city’s food and commodity supplies to more sustainable options that do not contribute to deforestation, and why we have signed the Call to Action to encourage others to join us on this journey.”

Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor, Oslo, Norway

Success Story

Part of Oslo’s climate strategy is to protect and enhance the natural “carbon-banks” found in the city’s forests. Oslo has set requirements for monitoring and protecting the city’s blue-green infrastructure to ensure that forests, large trees, watersheds and other natural elements are maintained and enhanced. The city is committed to ensuring that the public procurement process is driving a global transition to more sustainable production and consumption. As such, all of the city’s procurements will contribute to its goal to become a zero-emission city. Through using a life-cycle approach, where climate and environmental consequences are assessed from production through use and retirement, we will drive more sustainable supply chains for food and materials, and address key drivers of tropical deforestation. Oslo will not purchase tropical timber or wood unless the products can be certified as coming from sustainable and legal sources.

City image by Gunnar Ridderström / Unsplash