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We are very happy to announce that the city of Trondheim has finished its Bold City Vision!

We are very happy to announce that the city of Trondheim has finished its Bold City Vision!  

Led by Astrid Haugslett and Kelly Riedesel, Vision for Sustainable Urban Transition – Bold City Vision – is Trondheim’s guide to becoming an energy positive city by 2050. The team also included Silja Rønningsen, Bjørn Ove Berthelsen, Tom Jensen, Leendert Wienhofen, Dirk Ahlers, Marit T. Myrstad, Jens, Vida, Cole Grabinsky, Klaus Livik, Kristian Mjøen Morten Wolden Courtney Killion, Annemie Wyckmans Kristian Dahlberg Hauge Øyvind S. Tanum Samah Elsaadi, Agata Krause, Henriette Louise Krogness and many more.

In order to create an energy positive city, there are many aspects that need to be considered. The vision is energy specific, but strongly connected to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This elevates the work by involving other sectors relevant for the multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-angle sustainable transformation.

Linking the SDGs to the Norwegian context, the BCV is a framework for Sustainable Societal Development. As a result of Trondheim’s role as a Lighthouse city and commitment to Sustainable Value Creation (SVC), Trondheim Municipality received 3rd place as Rising Innovative City in the 2021 European Capital of Innovation Awards. SCV is comprised of four pillars; potential, readiness, opportunity, and impact, and the BCV is directly connected to the second pillar, readiness. This is demonstrated within this deliverable, together with practical examples serving as guidance, as shown in the illustration below. 

There are two guidelines presented in the deliverable; “Guidelines on sustainable value creation” and “Guidelines to create an energy positive city by 2050”. They are both a result of the four pillars of SVC, built around the logic that they represent, but the guideline for LHC Trondheims BCV has some additional prerequisites and future recommendations based on lessons learned. “Guidelines to create an energy positive city by 2050” is accompanied by a visualisation of the Trondheim BCV integrating activities, actions, and measures over the time span, and displaying relations between crucial steps and actions. The guidelines will be useful for other cities and regions when exploring or expanding their scope and possibilities on achieving the SDGs and becoming an energy positive city. 

For more details about Bold City Vision story and guideline to create an energy positive city by 2050, check out Deliverable 5.7 in the +CxC Knowledge Base . 

The world’s most sustainable data center is now operational at Trondheim !!

Since August 2021, Trondheim Municipality has partnered with Green Edge Compute to develop a sustainable data centre at Sluppen. The construction and installation go as planned, and the new data center will rely on renewable energy and reduce close to 40 percent of energy consumption than traditional data centers. While the municipality continues digital transformation and is developing into a smart city, this new facility can reuse surplus heat to supply it to Statkraft Varme. Moreover, the energy will sell in a local market through a solution Volue developed for Trønderenergi. All that, this will become a very energy-efficient data center. Next step, The new data center is tested and measured by SINTEF with sustainability measurement before the operation to customers. And results will publish at Datasenterdagen Event on June the 15th.

Click here to the news source or this link for more event information. 

Trondheim selected as one of the EU Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030!

Trondheim is among the cities that the EU Cities Mission has selected for its major programme “100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030”. This underscores Trondheim’s ambitions and activities towards becoming climate neutral by 2030 as an EU Mission City.

The EU Mission has selected 100 cities within the EU and 12 cities outside the EU. Overall 3 cities in Norway were chosen, namely Trondheim, Oslo, and Stavanger.

“Our urban areas are home to 75% of EU citizens. Globally, urban areas consume over 65% of the world’s energy, accounting for more than 70% of CO2 emissions. It is therefore important that cities act as experimentation and innovation ecosystems to help all others in their transition to become climate-neutral by 2050.”

The idea is that the 100 + 12 cities selected will lead the way and accelerate emission reduction by 2030 so that all European cities can become climate neutral by 2050.

Congratulations to Trondheim municipality, its Environmental Unit, the project +CityxChange, to Mayor Rita Ottervik, and the Trondheim team.

Now the job starts for all of us together.


Click here to find the Cities Mission Factsheet and the EU press release


Deployment of the Volue Energy Trading Platform

Excited to share the news on the deployment of the Volue energy trading platform specially designed for local markets!

Trondheim ICT company and +CityxChange partner Volue have developed and now deployed an innovative trading solution for energy, capacity, and system services. The +CxC project’s approach and solutions for establishing local Positive Energy Blocks (PEBs) are more than just obtaining a balance between local energy consumption and production.

In the Trondheim kommune demonstration project, this is in fact more a matter of optimizing available and viable local renewable energy sources in order to scale local PEBs to the district level, with a roadmap for 2050 of obtaining balance between green, local renewable production and optimized utilization of green energy sources – and energy consumption. As such, a viable energy trading platform is highly important in order to obtain PEBs.

 Interested in this tool and its application⁉️ You can find more information on our knowledge-base where you can access the public deliverable on Energy Trading Market Demonstration 

Positive Cities and Distribution Grids (PCDG)

The deployment of distributed energy generation technologies, especially solar photovoltaic energy production, has turned regular consumers into active contributors to the local supply of electricity. This development, along with the digitalisation of power distribution grids (smart grids) are setting the scene for a new paradigm: peer-to-peer electricity trading and the emergence of local flexibility markets. Microgrids, small communities or individual buildings can become net positive producers. This has led to the creation of multiple mathematical models and simulation environments to represent the interactions of positive buildings and distribution grids. In this regard, the Positive Cities and Distribution Grids (PCDG) model provides a user-friendly window to analyse the end-user benefits on engaging in peer-to-peer trade, the role of battery storage, allowing to showcase and quantify P2P trade benefits among buildings, and to analyse the overall benefit for the community. NTNU has developed an app that allows the user to analyse one’s district energy trade, as well as investigate the economic benefits of investing in renewable power generation for their own home. To use the app, the users will need some data about the district they live in, specifically the energy demand of each building over a particular time period and the energy price over the respective period. Additionally, the user can specify if any buildings have solar panels or wind turbines installed, as well as the amount of power generated over the particular period. Batteries may also be included in the configuration. The app was launched in November 2020.


This is an ongoing activity that is part of the facility management and civil engineering education programme for bachelor and master level students at NTNU in Trondheim. Every year, a group of approximately 20 students are tasked to find out about citizens’ attitudes towards making investments in sustainable refurbishments, the motivations and rationales behind their thinking. The students are sent into the field to practice quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques through surveys, interviews and observations, and present findings in presentations, playbooks, etc. Students build upon the material and knowledge gained from specific districts in each iteration of the study. The results are communicated to various stakeholder groups,  including facility managers and municipality.

Innovation Camp for Ninth Graders

Trondheim Kommune organised a four-day ideation camp for youth in November 2019, with an introduction to smart city development and smart mobility. The students were challenged to develop their own smart mobility concepts, connecting them to the Sustainable Development Goals, and to develop a business plan for the idea. Mentors were present to support the students for the duration of the camp. A competition was held at the end of the week, with public voting and judges from public and private organisations, and constituted a community event for the area.

Nordic Edge Next Generation

A one-day youth conference was held in November 2019, in the organisation of Trondheim Kommune, together with Nordic Edge, YMCA Global and other actors involved in youth activities in Trondheim and Norway, with the purpose of bringing young people together to discuss topics related to smart cities and sustainable development. Representatives from Limerick City and County Council, as well as from Stavanger, Bodø, Oslo, Accra took part in the event.

The conference included a full day programme, consisting of lectures, a show and tell session, sustainability games and a co-creation workshop. The participants discussed the challenges of behaviour change to support a more sustainable future, co-creating solutions among themselves and in groups where youth and adults were mixed. As a result, the young participants gave their take on what the cities and the government should do to give young people a seat at the table when discussing sustainability. Approximately 80 people were involved.

SDG Workshop Trondheim Katedralskole

In September 2020, Trondheim Kommune organised a two-day workshop designed to engage high school students at Katedralskole in developing Sustainable Development Goals(SDG) -related ideas for their school and community. There were 60 students participating. The students were given a presentation on the importance of the SDGs, after which they were invited to brainstorm on possible ideas for projects that would support the school and the city to implement the SDGs. An online repository was created to allow students to upload their ideas to a database in digital format. The ideas contributed included initiatives such as developing better bus and bike infrastructure, autonomous garbage collection for the harbour, and community gardening initiatives.

+CityxChange Newsletter – April 2021

+CityxChange‘s sixth newsletter has been distributed in April 2021. Please, feel welcome to read the newsletter online here and distribute it to your network. This month’s newsletter contains the most important news and updates of the last four months from our project, focusing on how +CityxChange is entering its project implementation phase. A series of online events have been happening in our Lighthouse and Follower Cities, pushing in this way, for more co-creative solutions with their citizens. 

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