NHH to collaborate with the Norwegian Climate Foundation
NHH wants to contribute to more fact-based dissemination of issues relating to climate change and energy transition. The school is now entering into a collaboration with Norsk klimastiftelse – the Norwegian Climate Foundation.
‘We are incredibly proud of having NHH – one of Europe's foremost business schools – as a partner. We are particularly excited about further developing the dissemination project Tograder together with the school. This will benefit the Norwegian public,’ says director of the Norwegian Climate Foundation, Lars-Henrik Paarup Michelsen.
– Sparring partner for NHH
The Norwegian Climate Foundation is Norway's green think-tank, established in 2010.
Rector Øystein Thøgersen and Vice Rector Linda Nøstbakken believe the Norwegian Climate Foundation will be and interesting and useful sparring partner. Research and teaching in the fields of sustainability, environmental economics, and management of natural resources are very important at NHH.
‘This cooperation will give NHH more room to communicate all this knowledge. The Climate Foundation is well recognised for its work and has a lot of credibility in public the debate. We have been represented on the Climate Foundation’s council since 2010,’ says Thøgersen.
At present, Linda Nøstbakken represents NHH on the foundation's council.
Thøgersen and Nøstbakken want the agreement to benefit NHH’s students.
‘It is important that the partnership between NHH and the Norwegian Climate Foundation not only becomes a collaboration between our researchers and the foundation, but that it also benefts our students,’ says the NHH Rector.
The ‘Tograder’ project
One of the projects NHH and the foundation will collaborate on is Tograder, a dissemination project established by the Climate Foundation in 2012.
The goal is to reach a large audience with credible and fact-based knowledge about climate change and climate solutions.
NHH will be the main academic partner in the project, alongside the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Bergen. NHH will specifically contribute in the following areas:
- Knowledge dissemination: NHH is invited to contribute articles and interviewees to tograder.no
- Journal: The journal 2°C targets school pupils and will be published every 1–1.5 years.
- Web portal: Kunnskapsportalen ('the knowledge portal')
- Tograder.no will be updated continuously throughout the year with articles, expert interviews, technology portraits and updated graphics to supplement the journal.
- 2°C conference for young leaders: The Climate Foundation and NHH will jointly organise a conference to be held in in spring 2020 – an educational seminar for young leaders in Norway.
Environmental economics and sustainability
‘In cooperation with NHH, we are also expanding the Tograder project with new activities,’ says Michelsen.
In parallel with the collaboration with the Norwegian Climate Foundation, NHH is working on becoming what is known as an Eco-Lighthouse and will, in line with the certification scheme, document its environmental efforts and demonstrate social responsibility.
The business school will take environmental considerations into account when making procurements and purchases and in connection with business travel. When possible, NHH staff must choose telephone/video-conferences, paperless meetings, and the most environmentally friendly means of travel. The school will work continuously to improve its recycling and waste management arrangements.