Summary of the Energy and Climate Plan

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Trondheim's Energy and Climate Plan

Welcome! Here, you will find an English summary of Trondheim's new energy and climate plan, which outlines our strategic vision for tackling energy and climate-related challenges. 

The plan will serve as a foundation for various initiatives, including the annually revised climate budget and action plan, as well as Trondheims contribution to the EU's mission on 112 climate neutral and smart cities 2030.  

Translated with the help of OpenAI. 

All of the figures and icons were made by Klipp og Lim. 


A picture of the four icons used to depict each climate goal. Climate neutral is a red icon, energy smart is a blue icon, climate resilient is a yellow icon, and circular is a green icon.

The four interdisciplinary goals in the plan. 


This figure demonstrates from 2009-2050 on what we need to do to become climate neutral. 2009 shows that we were not offsetting our emissions with CCS, and 2030 shows how we can be energy positive with the use of renewables and CCS.

The path to climate neutrality involves reducing emissions on the right side of the scale and compensating for residual emissions through carbon capture and storage (CCS) and natural carbon uptake on the left side of the scale. 

Trondheim is Climate Neutral

Together we create a zero-emission society

1: The direct greenhouse gas emissions shall be cut by at least 80 percent by 2030, compared to 2009, and the city will be emission-free by 2050.

2: By increasing natural carbon sequestration and industrial carbon capture and storage, we shall achieve climate-neutrality by 2030 and become climate-positive by 2050.

3: We will reduce our share of the carbon footprint in line with the 1.5-degree target.

Red figure illustrating Trondheim's energy-smart climate neutral target
The figure shows our direct and indirect emissions making our climate footprint. Direct are cars, buildings, and more. Indirect shows our shopping, flying, and global impacts.

The carbon footprint is the sum of our direct emissions in Trondheim and the indirect emissions we cause elsewhere.

Trondheim is Energy-smart

Together we make the best use of our renewable energy resources

1: All fossil energy that can be phased out has been phased out to achieve the goal of an 80 percent reduction in direct greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

2: Energy resources are utilized smartly and flexibly to ensure sufficient energy and power for climate transition while simultaneously minimizing the loss of nature.

3: Everyone has stable and secure access to energy and power at an affordable price, allowing for population growth and economic development.

4: The municipality is facilitating space for energy infrastructure necessary for the green transition

Blue figure illustrating Trondheim's energy-smart climate target.

Trondheim is Circular

Together we take care of the resources and create a circular city

1: We take care of what we have and limit our resource consumption to the planetary boundaries.

2: Circular and shared solutions are the norm in 2030.

3: The waste is handled in a climate and environment friendly way, where resources are kept in circulation for as long as possible.

Green cartoon figure illustrating Trondheim's circular climate target

Trondheim is Climate Resilient

Together we create a sustainable society

1: Our natural and urban areas are prepared to withstand climate change, and we have emergency preparedness for extreme events.

2: The population stands together against climate change in a just energy and climate transition, which promotes public health and community.

3: Local value creation and employment increase through the energy and climate transition.

Yellow figure illustrating Trondheim's climate resilient target

Strategies Towards 2030

In order to achieve our goals, we have mapped out 9 focus areas with specific actions towards 2030. The energy and climate plan are guidelines for the municipality's energy and climate measures, including our annual action plan - the climate budget. 

A cartoon of a green female farmer with a tool.

Nature and Land Use

1.1: We aim to develop an area-neutral, attractive, and climate-resilient city. 

1.1: We aim to have short distances to everyday activities, in order to reduce emissions from transportation, infrastructure, and land use.

1.2: We shall preserve and strengthen nature and green areas to secure the ecosystem services, such as natural resources, carbon storage in vegetation and soil, as well as natural flood and erosion protection. In this way, climate efforts also contribute to strengthening the intrinsic value of nature.

1.3: We shall preserve, manage and operate all agricultural land in order to increase local food production, and thereby strengthen readiness in the face of climate change. 

A blue cartoon figure walking towards Powerhouse Brattøra while holding Sustainable Development Goal 7.

Energy and Power

2: We will phase out fossil energy, increase local renewable energy production, and utilize energy resources smartly and flexibly.

2.1: We will collaborate with the electric grid and district heating companies to develop a common knowledge base, ensuring the optimal utilization of current and future energy resources and infrastructure.

2.2: We will collaborate with energy stakeholders, businesses, and authorities to develop and implement smart and flexible systems for energy efficiency, storage, and sharing, in order to optimize the utilization of renewable energy resources and enable the city to cope with variations in energy supply. 

2.3: We will increase the production of renewable energy in built-up areas to limit the loss of nature.

2.4: We will facilitate that everyone has the opportunity to use energy resources smartly and flexibly.

A cartoon of a person on a bike going past famous buildings in Trondheim.

Mobility and Transport

3: We will streamline and modernize the transportation sector and make it nearly emission-free.

3.1: We will ensure that everyone can meet their mobility needs with emission-free and attractive solutions.

3.2: We will use and facilitate emission-free, safe, and efficient freight and utility transport.

3.3: We will optimize the use of space, resources, and energy in the work on mobility and transportation.

A yellow smiling figure in a tractor putting dirt down into the ground.

Buildings and Constructions

4: We will develop buildings and infrastructure for a climate-resilient, emission-free, and circular future. 

4.1: Buildings and structures should have flexible space and energy solutions and must be designed with consideration for both climate change and disassembly and reuse at the end of their lifespan.

4.2: We will be a driving force in developing a circular construction and civil engineering industry, where carbon footprint and mass deposition are reduced, and resource efficiency is increased.

4.3: All construction sites in Trondheim shall be emission-free, including transportation to and from the construction site.

A figure which resembles a butler pulls back a curtain which reveals bags of trash in front of famous Trondheim landmarks.

Consumption and Waste

5: We will develop a circular city where we preserve resources and reduce our consumption.

5.1: We will reduce consumption by facilitating a more climate- and resource-friendly consumption.

5.2: We will promote a circular economy by demanding circular products and solustions, and facilitating that investing in repair, reuse, and other circular solutions is financially rewarding for both residents and cultural and business sectors.

5.3: We will keep materials in the cycle for as long as possible by reducing our waste, promoting reuse, and facilitating emission-free waste management.

The figure demonstrates trees, the use of CCS, and a black car. The meaning is to demonstrate how we can use CCS to lower our climate footprint.

Carbon Sequestration for Climate Neutrality

6: We will compensate for the direct emissions we cannot eliminate.

6.1: We will contribute to establishing carbon capture from the waste incineration plant.

6.2: We will strengthen natural carbon storage by developing an area-neutral city, and preserving and restoring natural and agricultural areas.

A person who resembles a green fisherman walking past an iconic Trondheim landmark which is also green.

Climate Adaptation and Civil Preparedness

7: Together we shall make the city and nature more climate resilient. 

7.1: We will plan for climate change in the management and planning of the city and nature.

7.2: We shall strengthen our readiness in order to get prepared for more - and more extreme - weather events related to storms and other natural hazards. 

7.3: We shall strengthen food security and preparedness by growing as much food locally as possible. 

A cartoon of a red woman and man smiling in front of a famous Trondheim landmark, with some sparkles in the background.

Just Transition and Public Health

8: We will promote equity and solidarity in the fight against climate change.

8.1: We will conduct inclusive and fair processes and design energy and climate measures that avoid increasing social inequalities and preferably enhance social sustainability.

8.2: The energy and climate transition shall safeguard and strengthen the population's physical and mental health, in order to counteract the negative health effects of climate change. 

8.3: The densification of the city shall be done in a way that safeguards public health and reduces social inequality in health. 

Blue man with a wrench

Business and Workforce

9: We will be a driver for value creation that safeguards environmental and social sustainability.

9.1: We shall facilitate the green transition of business development in the city and the region, in order to reduce climate risks and increase green competitiveness.

9.2: We shall strengthen cooperation between the public sector, businesses, the knowledge institutions and citizens, in order to create and adopt climate-friendly solutions. 

9.3: We shall create more green and circular jobs and invest in skills development and further education.