Nordic Solution for C40 Workshops in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo

Nordic Solution for C40 – Supporting Nordic Solutions to Global Climate Challenges in C40 cities round the world – is a platform which is co-financed by Nordic Innovation as a part of the Nordic prime ministers’ initiative “Nordic Sustainable Cities”. The Platform is composed by Clean from Denmark, Innovation Norway, Tillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth), Business Finland and Islandsstofa (“Promote Iceland”). The basic aim of the group is to expand the market potential for Nordic businesses, strengthen the Nordic brand and add value to existing trade promotion efforts through Nordic cooperation.

The Nordic Solution work in a demand-driven model. Interested companies are invited to discuss the problem directly with the involved city. The discussions are normally started in webinars and followed by a study tour and a city workshop.

Several leads are being followed and two of them have led to Brazil.

Since July 2019 Tillväxtverket has been in a dialog with us at the Science and Innovation Office (OSI) because of their planned activities with the city of São Paulo and the municipality of Rio de Janeiro. In September, a study tour was planned to visit the two megacities to prepare for future workshops in October.

During the Innovation Weeks in September in Brazil, the NS participated in the Smart City Brasília-Sweden Seminar and presented their future steps towards the cooperation as it showed to fit very well with their planned visit to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo the same week.

Rio de Janeiro

The workshops were held the 21th and 22th of October. There are two challenges presented from Rio de Janeiro, the first one regards a pilot biomethanization plant in Caju that converts organic fraction of waste into biogas. The pilot plant is built by the Municipal Urban Cleaning Company (Comlurb) and the challenge is to scale it up to increase the volume of the treated organic fraction of the waste and also adopt downstream solutions to increase the value and revenues from biomethanization products among others.

The second challenge is to improve the city’s waste management to avoid waste on beaches. The aim is to increases the responsibility and involvement of the private sector’s performance, bringing solutions for products which are marketed in beach restaurants, kiosks, and by street vendors. Another interesting project is to improve data collection of residues deposited on the beaches, bringing the civil society and NGO’s to contribute to a common database.

São Paulo

The workshops will be held the 24th and 25th of October. The City of São Paulo is looking to develop solutions for waste management in the city, including the development of innovative waste collection processes, new waste treatment processes and how to use waste as a resource. The city is also seeking technologies and models for organic waste management promoting organic waste maximum reuse, reduction of landfill use, reduction of logistic costs, mitigation of GHG emissions and also social inclusion.

Ana Carolina & Jacob