“GRID-Arendal has come of age as one of UNEP’s most valued collaborating centres and a trusted partner in environmental projects spanning the globe … I am confident that the next chapter of the journey for GRID-Arendal will be as ground breaking and influential as it has been in its first 25 years.”
GRID-Arendal is a centre of excellence for the scientific analysis of environmental issues in many areas including environmental assessments, ocean issues and polar regions. We specialise in the communication of environmental knowledge to support decision-making and the formulation of policy. Established in 1989, GRID-Arendal is a Norwegian foundation with a board of directors appointed by the Ministry of Climate and Environment. Our team is made up of 30 permanent staff members, interns and consultants form around the world. Our work focusses on the changing global environment and the challenges these changes present to people everywhere. GRID-Arendal works closely with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), other UN agencies and partners around the world to connect science to policy. Our joint purpose is to create environmental knowledge enabling positive change. We do this by organizing and transforming available environmental data into credible, science-based information products, delivered through innovative communication tools and capacity building services targeting relevant stakeholders. GRID-Arendal is a founding member of Klimapartnere (Climate Partners) in Norway’s Agder region. The network is made up of local businesses and institutions that work together to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and promote environmental awareness and a green economy locally. As a member of this network, GRID-Arendal is also certified by the Norwegian environmental certification body, Miljøfyrtårn (the Eco- Lighthouse certification).
Achim Steiner UN Under-Secretary General UNEP Executive Director