Smart & Sustainable Development




UN Center for Sustainability


In 2019, Trondheim was named a UN Center of Excellence (CoE) due to the city’s efforts working towards a sustainable future. This means that the UN has officially recognised Trondheim as being on the forefront in its work towards reaching the 17 sustainability goals that the organisation has set for future development.

The Trondheim Municipality and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have, for several years, collaborated to work out how the sustainability goals will be incorporated into every part of society. This work has been noticed at the UN headquarters in Geneva, which has designated Trondheim as what they call a Center of Excellence (CoE). NTNU’s research on sustainable social development includes environmental, economic and social conditions.

If desired, a lecturer from the municipality or university can come and talk about the project for your group.

Forum of Young Scholars in Sustainability (FYSS) is an interdisciplinary network for young researchers with an interest in sustainability at NTNU. The purpose of FYSS is to promote sustainable development by sharing ideas, engaging in activities and developing projects in collaboration with both internal and external parties.

Trondheim – a Smart City

The European Union has labeled Trondheim a “smart city”. This means that Trondheim will be at the forefront of sustainable urban development in Europe. CityxChange unites the two forward-thinking lighthouse cities of Trondheim and Limerick (IE), closely followed by the cities of Alba Iulia (RO), Pisek (CZ), Võru (EST), Smolyan (BG) and Sestao (ES), to underline the ambition to achieve sustainable urban ecosystems with zero emissions, as well as establishing a 100% renewable energy urban region by 2050. If you want more information about this project and what it means for Trondheim, a lecturer from NTNU can come and talk to your group about this topic.

The Future of Buildings

Take a tour of Powerhouse Brattørkaia, the world’s northernmost energy-positive building. The building was completed in 2019 as the largest of its kind in Norway. Powerhouse Brattørkaia generates more energy in the operational phase than is consumed through the production of building materials, construction, operation and disposal of the building.


Powerhouse produces twice as much energy as it consumes every day!

The building is designed based on environmental requirements. When environmental considerations come first, a new type of architecture emerges. For Powerhouse Brattørkaia, form follows environment, while optimal use of solar energy has determined the building’s exciting and iconic architecture. Solar energy, other renewable energy sources and an extremely low energy consumption ensure that this becomes an energy-positive building.

Make Green Choices

Norway’s Bike Capital!

Through Miljøpakken (The Environment Package), Trondheim Municipality has committed itself to the zero growth goal in passenger car traffic. This is done by facilitating for more people to choose to walk, cycle or travel by public transportation. According to statistics (RVU), Trondheim is the Norwegian city where the highest percentage of the population choose the bicycle over other means of transport.

The municipality has created bicycle lanes around the entire city, and plans to spend an additional 3 billion NOK on further development of bike lanes by 2030. As a visitor, there are ample opportunities to get around on a bike during your stay in Trondheim. City bikes are strategically located throughout the whole city, or you can rent a bike or go on a guided bike tour with Trondheim Bike Tours.


19% of Trondheim’s residents go to work by bike.

Hotels & Meetings

Scandic Hotels’ vision is a world-class Nordic hotel experience, where hotels are the most sustainable places to meet, eat and sleep. The hotel chain has been awarded the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. Scandic Lerkendal hotel in Trondheim is one of Norway’s most environmentally friendly hotels. The roof of Scandic Lerkendal is covered by 300 square meters of solar panels that provide hot tap water for the building.

The historical Britannia Hotel from 1870 has recently been renovated according to the passive house standard (a Norwegian building standard which means a building only consumes 25% of the energy of a regular building), with special attention to sustainability. This is to ensure long-term service with minimal impact on the environment.

Nordic Choice hotels have a tradition and a culture of prioritising people and the environment. Nordic Choice’s vision is called WeCare. All hotels in the chain are ISO 14001 certified.

Sustainable Cuisine

Trondheim is Norway’s food capital, and that is largely due to world-class local ingredients from the region. A number of restaurants in Trondheim focus on sustainability and choose ingredients that do not travel far before they arrive at the restaurant kitchen. Crazy Coyote Events can help you organise visits to local producers so you can get an idea of how the delicious ingredients is produced.

Heidi Berkan Credo. Photo: Geir Morgen

Heidi Bjerkan, owner and head chef of the Michelin restaurant Credo and sister restaurant Jossa received Michelin’s first sustainability award in 2019. For her restaurants, she uses ingredients from two local farms that are as passionate about the environment as she is, and both her restaurants are zero waste.

For us it is out of the question to throw away vegetables that are crooked or too small — Heidi Bjerkan.

For large groups, dinner can be arranged for 45 and up to 200 people, and it is possible to get Heidi Bjerkan to give a lecture about her vision for food production and restaurant operations.

Green Guide Trondheim

The Future in Our Hands – Trondheim Student Association aims to make Trondheim and Norway more aware of the climate and solidarity issue. They create events and carry out projects, such as the guide; Green Guide Trondheim.

Here you will find an overview of the various green options in Trondheim divided into categories, such as grocery, clothing stores, restaurants, hairdressers and more.