Sharing Towns

Reference number 2018-04647
Coordinator Karlstads kommun - Teknik och Fastighetsförvaltningen
Funding from Vinnova SEK 2 000 000
Project duration November 2018 - December 2020
Status Ongoing

Purpose and goal

The purpose of the strategic project is to reduce energy use and climate impact by developing the sharing economy in smaller cities/towns. The overall objective of the project is a positive development of a sustainable sharing economy, where a diversity of sharing solutions in Karlstad facilitates and engages citizens for sustainable consumption. Karlstad has after the project been established as a national model for small and medium-sized cities, where several of the project´s working methods or services developed have or can easily be implemented in other municipalities.

Expected results and effects

The main results of the project will be a guide for towns on how to develop the sharing economy and at least two new sharing services and one further developed existing service. The project strengthens the national collaboration on sharing economy in order to contribute to the transformation of sustainable cities with enhanced quality of life, social capital and development of the circular economy. The project will contribute to Viable Cities outcome targets, in particular: Knowledge that benefits, Strong cooperation and cross-border governance, and Engaged citizens.

Planned approach and implementation

Based on experiences from Karlstad and dialogue workshops with other smaller cities, the project will answer the question - what role can smaller cities play in the sharing economy and how can their work be run? The project consists of three parts: network development and support systems, service development, and communication with citizens, consumers and business. The project will establish a dedicated test environment with related support functions for development, assessment, launching and scaling of sharing services, all of which should be possible to implement in a small town.

The project description has been provided by the project members themselves and the text has not been looked at by our editors.