Stavanger is situated on a peninsula along the south-west coast of Norway. Today 130.000 inhabitants live in Stavanger, although the greater region counts over 350.000, being the third largest populated area in Norway.

Stavanger is a coastal town, with approx. 170 yearly days of rain. Due to climate change, experts foresee an increase in rainfall, putting an increased pressure on water management. Furthermore, the expected sea level rise is likely to have consequences for Stavanger on a long term. Green solutions are important factors in the urban planning in Stavanger. Green belts throughout the city are important both for recreation purposes, and for water and air management. In the coming years, the city will revise its climate and environment plan, and implement a new urban plan for the city center.

The city of Stavanger has a long tradition for citizens’ involvement. The city strongly believes in interaction between public sector, knowledge institutions and business community. The city has been the main center for the development of Norway as an energy nation for the past forty years, and has for eight years in a row been appointed the National Economic Development Region.

Since 2009 the city is a member of Covenant of Mayors Agreement, and since 2013 an associated member of the Eurocities’ environment and knowledge forums. The city is a partner in the H2020 SCC1 project Triangulum, and aims at becoming a strong European sustainable city by integrating ICT, energy and mobility. As a signatory of the Covenant of Mayors, the city aims at reducing its CO2 emissions by 20 % by 2020. The City of Stavanger's municipal strategic plan for the climate and environment follows the long-term policy plan of the European Commission with the final goal of zero emission in 2050.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 730052 Topic: SCC-2-2016-2017: Smart Cities and Communities Nature based solutions