Center for Green Transition

Center for Green Transition was created in 2013 and its main purpose is to contribute in the promotion of the green transition in Aalborg. Center for Green Transition is an umbrella of projects addressing sustainability and partnerships. Among other things, the center will support some of the initiatives that are a part of the municipality's Climate Strategy and Sustainability Strategy. This work supports, moreover, the obligations of Aalborg has - as a result of the Aalborg Commitments.

Center for Green Transition has a special focus on 3 areas:

  • Sustainable Business
  • Sustainable city - and housing development
  • Green behavior

Current projects in the center include:

Green Stores

Green Shop is an environmental labelling scheme for small as well as large stores, restaurants, and independent chain stores. The network currently consists of 118 green stores. The green stores work to optimize and make the daily operations greener. The stores receive a free sustainability screening, which helps to clarify how the stores can move in a more sustainable direction. This year, the green shops focus on improving awareness of eco-labeled products, so the store's green profile not only is reflected in their operations, but also reflected in their product range. Shops are storefronts that have daily and direct contact with consumers. Therefore, they have ample opportunity to influence consumers in a more green and sustainable direction. The Green Stores project is a public private partnership between the City of Aalborg and local retail owners. A local energy company assists in the sustainability screenings.

Contact: Project manager, Anders Du Mont-Thygesen

Municipality's Sustainability Strategy

The center also leads the development of the Municipality's Sustainability Strategy, which includes visions, strategies and objectives that promote an environmental and sustainable green transition for the benefit of local citizens, business, and the environment. The strategy simultaneously focuses on consumption and resources and how SMART solutions based on circular economy can create green growth and social development in the municipality. The sustainability strategy is formulated in consultation with citizens, associations, companies, and educational institutions in order to ensure effective anchoring and implementation of sustainable development in Aalborg and to develop citizenship about sustainable change. A key prerequisite for a sustainable transition is that it happens in cooperation with the citizens. Therefore, the Sustainability Strategy puts special focus on the role of citizens and combines the desire for a sustainable transition with the citizens' well-being and quality of life. 

Aalborg was in a newly released report by the EU commission, ranked no. 1 when it comes to where people are most satisfied with life in general. We want to maintain this position and the Sustainability Strategy plays a significant role in achieving this.

Contact: Head of CGT, Steffen Lervad Thomsen

The Sustainability Festival

The Sustainability Festival focuses on the wide sustainability in Aalborg Municipality, and is a partnership between the municipality, businesses, educational institutions, local NGOs, and citizens. 
The festival is held every September and celebrates local sustainability. The festival aims to support the Municipality's Sustainability Strategy by:

  • Focusing on local sustainability initiatives
  • Creating the framework for citizens, businesses, shops, knowledge institutions, etc. to contribute with their ideas in the sustainable transition
  • Creating new and exciting partnerships across sectors and actors for the benefit of a sustainable transition
  • Contributing to the development of the Aalborg's brand as a pioneer on sustainability, both locally, nationally and internationally.

Contact: Project manager, Anders Du Mont-Thygesen

Other projects are Network for Sustainable Business Development, NBE Build, The GREEN team, and Green Agent.

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