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Centre for Green Growth

The Center for Green Growth works on climate issues in a holisitic, multidisiplinary and long term perspective. The focus is on what can be done to reduce climate gas emissions at the global, national, corporate and individual level.

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  • SMART PATHS - Smarte veivalg og kostbare omveier til et bærekraftig lavutslippssamfunn /Smart pathways and costly detours to a sustainable low emission society (2017-2021)

    Principal: Norges forskningsråd - Klimaforsk-programmet

    The main purpose of the project SMART PATHS is to separate smart choices from costly detours on the road to a low emission society in Norway. To shift the focus from technological and behaviours derived from fossil fuels, smart climate strategies will be needed. Such strategies will also be able to detect and sustain the changes that lies out of the governments control as well as giving the society a possibility to change the course if necessary. The project will develop technological, behavioural and political restructuring indicators for such a purpose.   


    A panel of experts that consist of highly skilled and knowledgeable individuals with experience from business, government and research will actively participate in the project. The members of the panel are:

    • Ole Løfsnes (Norsk industri)
    • Janne Stene (Stortinget)
    • Kjetil Lund (Statkraft)
    • Are Lindegaard (Miljødirektoratet)
    • Marte Sollie (Finansdepartementet)
    • Jon B. Skjærseth (Fridjof Nansens Institutt)
    • Caroline D. Ditlev-Simonsen (BI)
    • Helena Cabal (CIEMAT)
    • Henrik Gade (Miljødirektoratet)
    • Per Arild Garnåsjordet (SSB)
    • Endre Tvinnerheim (UNI Research)


    Prosjektet is a poart of the: CREE-senteret (Centre for Research on Environmentally-friendly Energy).


    Link to the project in Norwegian her

  • COOLCROWD: På vei mot et lavutslippssamfunn med lokal folkefinansiering / Towards a low emission society with local crowdfunding (2017-2020)

    Coolcrowd aims to explore the potential of a new crowdfunding scheme for climate-friendly agricultural projects in Norway to offset carbon emissions from the transportation sector.

    In order to do so the following objectives and work packages have been defined:

    1. To review existing crowdfunding approaches and analyse how these might be applied in a Norwegian context.
    2. To explore legal and socio-cultural issues that may facilitate or inhibit the application of a crowdfunding approach to Norway.
    3. To develop alternative business models for a locally crowdfunded climate program.
    4. To explore the acceptability of the crowdfunding approach for Norwegian farmers and investigate optimal design from the perspective of the farm.
    5. To establish the likely response of the general public to the concept of locally crowdfunded climate measures and identify optimal measures.
    6. To develop and recommend measures for the implementation of a crowdfunded approach in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.


    Partners are Centre for Rural Research, Trondheim (project leader), University of Oslo (UiO), Bergen University College (HiB), Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), NORSØK, and BI Norwegian Business School, Centre for Green Growth (BI/CGG), University of Western Australia School of Agricultural and Resource Economics (UWA), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

  • Self-reinforcing mechanisms in climate system (2013-16) – “It’s getting slowly worse, but without a bang”

    A system dynamics model of the seven potentially self-reinforcing mechanisms in climate system ("The Earth System") created by Jørgen Randers and Ulrich Golüke in collaboration with Fred Wenstøp and Søren Wenstøp

  • Quantitative backbone for Shanghai’s 2050 plan (2015) – “Towards the global civilisation city”

    Contribution by JR to Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, based on the structure of the 2052 book, used in Shanghai's development from 1980 till 2050.

  • Science Based Activism (2015) – “Where is the line between research and activism?”

    Book by PES and K. Eliassen (eds.) at BI Norwegian Business School, made of 14 chapters by international contributors, and made as a Festschrift for JR 70s birthday.

  • Climate psycology (2015) “What we think about when we (try not to) think about global warming”

    Book by PES on how to build a support for climate policy from bottom up.

  • More compulsory vacation in the rich world (2014) – “Policy for increased satisfaction in a rich world with damaged climate”

    Article by JR as a basis for the cooperation with Club of Rome on the global redistribution.

  • Forecast for the world’s shipping rates (2010 and 2014) – “Many years with low rates to come”

    An update of model-based forecast ("The Future Mappers Forecast for the Shipping Markets" carried out annually by UG and JR from 1990 till 2009) made by Ulrich Golüke.

  • Sustainability indicators for China (2013) – “Policy for increased satisfaction in a rapidly growing economy”

    Contribution by PES (Kantian Climate Policy), JR and DR (Subjective reporting of felt progress) to the project led by FAFO and SSB. In cooperation with CASTED (Chinese Academy for Science and Technology in Economic Development).

  • CO2 Capture and Storage (2009-13) – “CCS for sustainable use of gas”

    JR's work for furthering CCS in Norway in collaboration with Gassnova, Tekna and NTNU in Norway and State Department in South Africa. Various lectures and slideshows.

  • Norwegian Climate Policy since 2006-12 (2013) – “Perspectives for climate policy far ahead”

    A summary of previously mentioned annual reports produced by Daniel Rees, Marit Sjovaag Marino and Jørgen Randers

  • 2052. A forecast for a development in the world during the next forty years (2012) – “The Limits to Growth”

    Book by Jørgen Randers based on spreadsheet model of the global development (Population, GDP, energy consumption, ecological footprint) from 1970 till 2050 made by Ulrich Golüke. As of 31.12.2015 published in 150,000 copies in 8 languages (not Norwegian).

  • Alternative Climate Policy for Norway (2011) – “Focusing on Emissions Trading and Forest Protection”

    Proposal made by JR to the Norwegian Parliament's Energy and Environment Committee.

  • The effects on climate change caused by chopping Norwegian forest down (2010-11) – “It is better to let the forest be”

    An analysis of the long term effects of deforestation, in collaboration with Kåre Hobbeltvedt at NMBU, based on National Forest Inventory's model and data.

  • Economic Metaphors (2011) – “Why do economists think about climate policy the way they do?”

    PhD dissertation by PES for the faculty of Social Science, University of Oslo

  • Menu 5 (2011) – “An adoptable climate and energy plan for Norway until 2020”

    Article by JR based on the spreadsheet created in collaboration with SINTEF Energi, using the data from Miljødirektoratet.

  • REKO (2011) – “Consequences of various packages of measures on climate change”

    Spreadsheet created by JR in collaborations with Ove Wolfgang from SINTEF Energi. Makes it possible to combine any number of Norwegian climate measures and calculate a total effect on emissions, costs and use of energy

  • Annual status report for Norwegian climate policy (2008-11) – “A follow up on the Low Emissions Panel’s 15 proposals”

    Annual follow up on NOU 2006:18 written by Marit Sjovaag Marino with help provided by network in the government. Reports, lectures and slideshow

  • A Climate Cure (2010) – “Scenarios for Norwegian Climate Policy to 2030”

    Facilitated and written by PES for Miljødirektoratet/KLIF.

  • Money & Soul (2009) – “Various roles of money in a society”

    Book by Per Espen Stoknes

  • Electric vehicle in Norway (2009) – “New Incentives for increased usage of electric and hybrid vehicles”

    Contribution made by JR to the Norwegian Minister's of Transport EV-Panel.

  • National accounts of life quality (2009) – “Measurement of gross national happiness”

    A proposal made by PES to the Financial Committee of the Norwegian Parliament.

  • ENKL-plan (2009) – “A Energy and Climate Plan for Norway until 2020”

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    Report written by JR together in collaboration with Dag Christiansen from Energi Norge and Sverre Aam from SINTEF Energi. Numerous lectures and slideshows.

  • A forecast for Spaceship Earth towards 2050 – “Will the global society accomplish its sustainability goals?”

    Cooperation with DNV-GL aiming to foresee where will the global society need an extraordinary efforts in order to reach the new sustainability goals. Based on the structure of 2052-book.

  • Reinventing prosperity: managing economic growth to reduce unemployment, inequality, and climate change: a report to the Club of Rome (2016)

    Maxton, G. P., Randers, J., & Suzuki, D. T. (2016). Reinventing prosperity: managing economic growth to reduce unemployment, inequality, and climate change: a report to the Club of Rome. Vancouver, British Columbia ; Berkeley: Greystone Books.

  • What we think about when we try not to think about global warming: toward a new psychology of climate action (2015)

    Stoknes, P. E. (2015). What we think about when we try not to think about global warming: toward a new psychology of climate action. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing.

  • Project: POLYCHAETE

    POLYCHAETE:  develop profitable, environmentally sustainable solutions for salmon feed production. Cultivation of bristle worms (Polychaeta) as raw material for feed using waste nutrients from fish farming. In nature, marine Polychaeta effectively transform natural and aquaculture organic wastes into high quality protein. With SINTEF and others. 

  • Rethinking climate communications and the “psychological climate paradox.” (2014)

    Stoknes, P. E. (2014). Rethinking climate communications and the “psychological climate paradox.” Energy Research & Social Science, 1, 161–170. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2014.03.007

  • Redefining green growth within planetary boundaries. (2018)

    Stoknes, P. E., & Rockström, J. (2018). Redefining green growth within planetary boundaries. Energy Research & Social Science, 44, 41–49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2018.04.030

  • The Empirical Bases for the Earth3 Model: Technical Notes on the Sustainable Development Goals and Planetary Boundaries.

    Collste, D., Randers, J., Goluke, U., Stoknes, P. E., Cornell, S., & Rockström, J. (n.d.). The Empirical Bases for the Earth3 Model: Technical Notes on the Sustainable Development Goals and Planetary Boundaries. https://doi.org/10.31223/osf.io/ephsf

  • Ahcieving the 17 sustainable development goals within 9 planetary boundaries.

    Randers, J., Rockström, J., Stoknes, P. E., Goluke, U., Collste, D., & Cornell, S. (n.d.). Ahcieving the 17 sustainable development goals within 9 planetary boundaries. https://doi.org/10.31223/osf.io/xwevb

  • Jørgen Randers, Johan Rockström, Per Espen Stoknes, Ulrich Golüke, David Collste and Sarah Cornell

    Transformation is feasible (2018)

    How to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals within Planetary Boundaries A report to the Club of Rome, for its 50 years anniversary 17 October 2018

    Read the report here