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Stockholm Public Transport – The journey to sustainable public transport

Stockholm public transport (SL) is on a journey to become the most sustainable public transport provider in the world. Achieving a low environmental impact has been a priority for a long time. Today, the SL public transport system is operated on fossil-free fuels and energy from renewable sources.

Clearly defined goals
The journey to fossil-free, climate-smart public transport began way back in the 1980s. Thanks to hard work, long-term perspectives and clearly defined interim targets, the goal of 100 % renewable energy was reached before the schedule in 2017. The next step is to make all boats and ferries in the Stockholm public transport system fossil-free by 2030.

Sustainability at all levels
For SL, sustainability is important at every level. The majority of the SL properties, depots and stations are heated with green energy. When constructing something new, the requirements for recycling and eco-labeling are strict. In addition, SL works hard to make all services quieter and emissions minimized. Collaboration with scientific and business communities is part of the strategy for continuous development.

Making way for an electric bus system
In the search for smarter and more effective ways to drive public transport sustainably, SL has raised interest in modern electric-powered buses. The Stockholm public transport administration has carried out a major study to learn more about the possibilities of integrating electric buses into public transport throughout the entire Stockholm region. The study gives a deeper understanding of costs, risks, opportunities and gains. It explores how much a switch to electric buses would reduce energy consumption, noise levels and to what degree it would eliminate particle and nitrogen emissions. The Stockholm public transport administration is happy to share and provide support to any other organization interested in the conclusions from the study.

Smooth and sustainable in Norrtälje
In Norrtälje City in Stockholm County, an entire bus traffic system has been replaced with electric-driven vehicles. The initiative has been put together through cooperation between the municipality, the bus operator Nobina and SL. The electric buses run on renewable electricity and offer both a quieter and more sustainable public transport.


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