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Gathering power for climate-neutral mobility in Stockholm and Lund

Published: 11 June 2024

The city of Stockholm and Lund municipality are mobilizing actors in an innovative effort to speed up the transition to climate-neutral cities. The cities place particular focus on transportation and mobility. They receive 20 million each from the Swedish Energy Agency and Vinnova within the innovation program Viable Cities.

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Achieving climate neutrality by 2030 requires bold actions that affect many perspectives, not only technical solutions but also infrastructure, policy, business models and behavioral patterns. What is needed is innovation in the broadest sense and a change in how cities and communities function, that is, system change.

The Energy Agency, Vinnova and other authorities within Climate Contract 2030 are therefore investing, through the strategic innovation program Viable Cities, in carrying out so-called system demonstrators in the city of Stockholm and municipality of Lund. By testing innovative solutions in a real environment, it becomes easier to address structural challenges within a system. The investment will play an essential role in the cities' ability to accelerate the transition to become climate neutral by 2030.

I am especially hoping for clear examples of how digitalisation is a key to climate change in cities

- Vinnova looks forward to sharing the insights in Lund and Stockholm. There is great interest in this investment, also internationally. I especially hope for clear examples of how digitalisation is a key for climate change in cities, says Darja Isaksson, director general of Vinnova.

Among other things, the investment is expected to provide insights and lessons learned in areas such as policy change, investments, infrastructure, behavioral change, technology development and business models.

- We need to think anew and work with system change to reach climate-neutral cities by 2030. By learning from good concrete examples from Stockholm and Lund, among others, we can speed up the transition for many more cities in Sweden, but also globally. System demonstrators are an important tool in our work, says Robert Andrén, director general of the Swedish Energy Agency.

Lund has a focus on mobility and a new energy protocol

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Image from Lund municipality, photo: Kristina Strand Larsson.

To reduce emissions in Lund, 25 organizations must implement over 40 measures in mobility and energy. The measures in mobility include cycling, shared mobility, parking and freight transport. The energy measures include an open and independent protocol for the digital control of energy resources, so that energy can be easily shared between neighbors in energy communities and electricity can be released for, among other things, the electrification of transportation.

Stockholm invests in an emission-free transport system

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Picture from the city of Stockholm, photo: Henrik Trygg.

In connection with the introduction of an environmental zone in central Stockholm, the city of Stockholm will test solutions in a real environment for an efficient and emission-free transport system. This is to be achieved through, among other things, reduced car travel, electrified transportation and work vehicles, as well as a more attractive urban environment. The city will test, among other things, electrified contracting, framework agreement for fossil-free transportation, new policy to enable deliveries at night, and a collective loading hub.

Focus on scaling up

The investment must show possible radical measures that can be scaled up and contribute to creating the "new normal" in important areas to make change happen in practice. The measures being tested must be able to be scaled up in the city but also nationally and internationally. A key will be to mobilize and engage important actors who can take lessons with them for future efforts.

We hope that this investment can show the way and create benefit for all cities within Viable Cities as well as globally.

- We hope that this investment can show the way and create benefit for all cities within Viable Cities as well as globally. Procurement through client networks can be a key to making this possible, by taking insights from Stockholm and Lund's work on board in many actors' upcoming investments for faster conversion, says Olga Kordas, program manager for Viable Cities.

More information

The work on Climate Contract 2030 includes six national authorities: the Swedish Energy Agency, Vinnova, Formas, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Norwegian Agency for Growth and the Swedish Transport Agency. In Inom Klimatkontrakt 2030, the authorities undertake, among other things, to develop coordinated financing efforts, of which System Demonstrators is an example.


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Last updated 11 June 2024

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