Learning Expedition – Décarbonisation

The French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce organize immersive learning expeditions about unfamiliar contents to meet stakeholders and immerse yourself in French or Norwegian ecosystems with moments of reflection and creative production.

What could be a better start for the celebration of the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce’s 100 years anniversary than hosting 100 companies wanting to learn more about Norwegian initiatives, best practices on Decarbonization and why Oslo has been elected the European Green Capital 2019!

It is in this context that the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce organized a learning expedition about decarbonization for a delegation of 100 companies, customers and partners of BNP Paribas Fortis on the 6th and 7th of February 2019.

During this two days expedition, the participants visited Vulkan, an innovative eco-district  redesigned in 2004. Now this living space has implemented many new features centred on sustainability and environmental compliance. The participants got the opportunity to discover several transformations, including  the local generating station with geothermal wells and original facades equipped with solar panels. 

Mrs. Kristin Halvorsen, CEO of Norway's leading Institute for Climate Change (CICERO) and former minister of Finance and Education, explained Norway's dilemma and how CICERO contributes with opportunities and solutions to tackle global warming and strengthen international climate cooperation. The dynamic duo of Endrava, Eric Rambech and Valentin Vandenbussche, highlighted the reasons for Oslo being awarded the European Green Capital in 2019 and its ambitious climate targets: to cut carbon emissions by 36% in 2020 and 95% in 2030. In the second part of the morning session, all the 100 participants had the opportunity to visit Vulkan's area in order to discover the sustainable initiatives set up in this innovative district.

After a lunch in Mathallen with the savory duck sandwiches from our member Gallopins, the participants discovered Oslo Science Park where the company StartupLab has its main offices, for an afternoon dedicated to energy efficiency and green mobility. A great opportunity to discover more about Norway's electric car revolution (presented by Synnøve Grøndahl, adviser analysis consultancy at Norwegian EV association) ; and Yara Birkeland project, the first autonomous containership in the world (presented by Lise Winther, Senior Innovation Manager at Yara).

A selection of startups from StartupLab had the opportunity to pitch their innovative solutions which contributes to a sustainable future towards the 100 companies. Many interesting projects on pro-decarbonization, such as @Kubeenergy @ClimateSeed @Zaptec @OsloBike @Chooose.

In the evening, the delegation met at Frognerseteren restaurant to enjoy a typical Norwegian meal and to discuss further the different inputs learned during this first day.

On the second day, the participants beneficiated from a sustainable visit of the city on electrical buses from Oslo’s public transport operator Ruter. Kristoffer and Line, the two guides, brought the participants to the two main areas of this tour: the EV garage near Akershus Fortress and the EV bus charging station.

After a refreshing visit, the participants went to I Norwegian Business School and had the great opportunity to listen to Prof. Jørgen Randers' inspiring view on how to successfully combine happy use of oil and gas with the planet climate change policy. In the afternoon, the participants enjoyed a last session dedicated to CCS (Carbon Capture Storage) with presentations from: Johnny Stuen, CCS-advisor at Oslo Kommune,Cristel Lambton, Subsea Manager at Equinor, Per Brevik, Director Sustainability and alternative fuels at HeidelbergCement Northern Europe, Damien Dallemagne, Secretary General at CO2 Value and Daniel Marenne, Energy Solution Architect at Engie.

We would like to thank all the speakers for sharing their knowledge and projects for decarbonization, as well as the different partners for a great discovery of Oslo's main pro-decarbonization areas.

Follow the last news about the event on our social medias via #XpeditionOslo.

Find out more about this Leaning Expedition in pictures here.


Guy Pollentier, Head of Sustainable Business Competence Centre

> BNP Paribas Fortis

In February 2019 BNP Paribas Fortis (BNP) has invited over 80 clients in Oslo for a learning expedition on climate change and decarbonisation strategies. It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with the French-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce (CCFN), and rely on their expertise, professionalism and local network to build our program. Achieving the transition to a low carbon economy will require collaboration between corporates, banks and institutions, we believe BNP and CCFN set an example.

Ludovic Caubet Managing Director
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