Stavanger goes climate positive thanks to Nysnø

On the occasion of Driva, the climate investment meeting in Stavanger, the footprint of the whole city’s population will be offset throughout the whole day of the event.

The climate finance event Driva will kick off on May 28th, 2019, in Stavanger, Norway. The event is hosted by Nysnø, a sovereign climate investment company, administered by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. Nysnø’s purpose is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and their contribution is to make profitable investments in new, climate-friendly technology. Nysnø is also the host of Driva, the climate investment meeting in Stavanger with a focus on building a zero-emission-society. Driva is your opportunity to meet investors, politicians, technologists, and academics to share ideas, learn new things, eat a great vegetarian lunch and attend a climate-friendly finance event in sneakers.

532 tonnes of CO2 will be reduced

The mayor of Stavanger will start off the day presenting the ambitious goals of the city: cutting 80% of their emissions by 2030. Supporting the statement, Nysnø will write history by making the entire city of Stavanger climate positive for the day of the event, a total of 14 hours.

That means reducing 532 tonnes of CO2 by investing in projects in developing countries verified by the UN and facilitated by CHOOOSE. In this limited time frame, Nysnø will in collaboration with CHOOOSE offset more than the carbon footprint of the total population of Stavanger, 130,100 people in total. The climate effect equals over 9900 fewer flights from Oslo to Stavanger.

Who will give the talks?

The day will be split in three, covering the topics of energy, finance and lastly a session on ways to inspire action. Amongst the speakers are:

  • Václav Smil, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, named by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 global thinkers.
  • Maja Lunde, the author of the book The History of Bees and Blue, putting climate change on the agenda to a wider audience.
  • Jakob Askou Bøss, the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Stakeholder Relations at Ørsted, a company making a strategic transformation from one of the most coal-intensive utilities in Europe to a global leader in green energy.
  • Karen O’Brien, Professor at UiO, Co-founder and Chief Research Officer at cChange. She is an internationally-recognized expert on climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation, with an emphasis on the relationship between personal, cultural, and systems transformations.
  • And lots of other innovative minds.

Check out the full program here