Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change Problems in the City of Oslo

City governments do not only respond to policy expectations from national government and needs articulated by regional authorities. They also address global problems and participate in global arenas to get new ideas for innovative local solutions. Thus, they take part in global networks, projects, seminars, agreements, etc. in order to learn from and inspire each other to test new ways of tackling environmental problems and climate challenges (Kern and Bulkeley 2009). Paradoxically, participation in city climate networks has become an important tool in the global competition for recognition and branding as a leading green city that is attractive for global businesses and competent urban professionals to invest and settle in (Andersen and R0e 2016; Kern and Bulkeley 2009).

The city of Oslo is an active player in the global arena of climate change mitigation (City of Oslo 2016a). The city government belongs to several global networks such as the C40 network, which promotes sharing knowledge about how the world’s megacities may contribute to low- and zero-carbon solutions. Oslo does not really qualify as a megacity, but it is part of the network because it ‘has shown distinct environmental and climate leadership’ (City of Oslo 2016a), both of which have been gradually more pronounced in the last couple of years.

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