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Underground waste transportation system for residual waste, paper and food waste

The high-tech waste sorting and transportation system in Hammarby Sjöstad eco-city in Sweden reduces the need for waste trucks to enter the city while increasing the efficiency of waste separating. An innovative vacuum suction system transports waste fractions to the city perimeter via a series of underground tunnels. 

Chemical Regions for Resource Efficiency (R4R)

Research-driven clusters from six European regions have joined forces as “Chemical Regions for Resource Efficiency (R4R)” with the goals of improving research, enhancing the cooperation, overcoming fragmentation. They aim to transform these industries into eco-efficient, high-tech solution providers, thus providing support to business and more positively impacting the environment and society.

SymbioCity, Sweden's approach to sustainable urban development all over the World

SymbioCity is the trademarked term for Sweden's approach to sustainable urban development. The overall aim of the SymbioCityApproach is to promote Sweden's knowledge and experience on sustainable urban development internationally – and encourage these developments primarily in low and middle-income countries. 

Lightweight cars reduce climate impact from traffic

The SÅNÄTT project aimed at establishing novel collaborations when designing new ways of manufacturing cars with reduced vehicle weight and carbon footprint. Cooperation between stakeholders in the automobile industry and academia contributed to new knowledge and methods for product development.

Regular supply of biofuel for aircraft

Using biofuels in aviation is now possible. Karlstad Airport has a new refueling station for jet fuel, which will contribute to reducing the environmental impact from aircrafts.

Convert black liquor into biogas

Chemrec has developed a new technique for gasification of black liquor, a waste product from pulp mills. Conversion of black liquor from pulp mills to biofuel via gasification has opened up a new market for the pulp industry. The BioDME project aimed to demonstrate production and use of the new biofuel in transport.

Stimulating sustainable consumption in public procurement

In order to promote sustainable consumption in public organizations, a method for considerate design in public procurement was developed by the region of Västra Götaland in Sweden. The method supports responsible purchasing by helping public organizations as well as architects and designers to reduce environmental impact when considering changing the business’s work environment.  

Criteria to stimulate green public procurement

Using green public procurement can contribute to sustainable purchasing of products, reducing environmental impact, and at the same time save money for organizations. The Swedish Environmental Management Council (SEMCo) has been developing procurement criteria supporting public and private sectors, putting Sweden at the forefront among the Member States of the European Union.

VGR procurement policy and Considerate Design adds up to a “Green list” in the region of Västra Götaland

To ensure more responsible purchasing, considering sustainable development, the region of Västra Götaland in Sweden has developed a method for sustainable procurement in public organizations. The method includes a “Green” list that can be used as a tool to help making sustainable choice when buying interior design products.

Procurement policy on goods distribution services for the Växjö region

Växjö municipality has reduced their environmental impact and cost by coordinating all consumer goods purchases through a consolidation center with joint distribution into the Växjö region. The purpose is to create a standard practice and inspire Swedish colleagues to set sustainability requirements for purchasing.

Collection of agricultural scrap reduces waste streams from the agricultural sector

Through a unique insurance solution and close collaboration with a Swedish insurance company, farmers can easily get rid of agricultural scrap and hazardous waste. The waste is collected in the countryside once a year and then recycled. The aim is to increase recycling and reduce waste streams and environmental impacts.

The Swedish Tool for Ecologically Sustainable Procurement provides support to public organizations

The Swedish Environmental Management Council has developed a tool for ecologically sustainable procurement to help public and private organizations make procurement processes more environmentally friendly, supporting responsible purchasing. The EKU-tool provides environmental criteria for different product groups, making it easier to define environmental requirements.

Renovating public housing while increasing energy efficiency and living comfort

The project Brogården has demonstrated a successful way of effectively renovating public housing, increasing both energy efficiency and living comfort. Through the use of a business model that includes sustainability dimensions, and a new way of collaboration (procured partnership) the project was able to create added value for everyone involved.

Reduce the need for fossil fuels by introducing more renewable energy in the Swedish island of Gotland

The Municipality of Gotland strives to reduce the need for fossil fuels and instead focus on using a larger share of renewable energy. By the combination of an environmental plan for a sustainable society and providing incentives to companies and private households, the municipality aims to change energy consumption and create a more sustainable life for residents.

Investment programs to stimulate municipalities’ environmental engagement

Environmental Initiatives in the local investment program (LIP) and the climate investment program (KLIMP) confirm that communities benefit from working with environmental issues. LIP and KLIMP have lasted over several years, and aimed to reduce environmental impacts, create and disseminate knowledge, and for enhancing the cooperation between municipalities for long-term climate work.

Grant funding from the city of Stockholm to improve the city’s environmental quality

To stimulate sustainable development, the City of Stockholm allocated one billion to the project “Environmental Billion”, to grant funding to projects within municipal departments and companies, that aimed to improve environmental quality in Stockholm. The project contributed to winning the European Green Capital 2010 award.

Keep Sweden Tidy

Keep Sweden Tidy is a non-profit organization that strives to reduce littering, by increasing awareness through information campaigns, awards and environmental education. By raising awareness, people may change their behavior and attitude to littering and thus reduce environmental impacts and increase quality of life.

Funding program for introduction of new environmental technologies

The DemoEnvironment, raising awareness of modern technology to create sustainable urban development in developing nations, has been a successful funding program for the introduction and diffusion of novel environmental technologies. Projects receiving grants from the program have demonstrated technologies ability to improve living conditions around the world.

Alelyckan re-use park in Gothenburg

The new re-use park ‘Alelyckan’ in Gothenburg (Sweden) is the first one demonstrating how to decrease environmental impacts by sorting more products for reuse instead of throwing them away. Donated reusable products can then be sold in second-hand stores located in the park area, benefiting both visiting citizens and the environment.

Nordic Ecolabel – a Nordic Swan representing environmentally sound products and services

The Nordic Ecolabel, or Nordic Swan, is a voluntary labelling scheme that contributes to sustainable consumption. It takes into account a product’s whole life-cycle and evaluates its environmental impacts. The Ecolabel is predominant in DenmarkFinlandIcelandNorway and Sweden; it pertains to 63 different product groups and services.

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