Trains and buses in Stockholm are operating on 100% renewable energy since 2017 and the city is on a journey to become the most sustainable public transport provider in the world.
The Stockholm public transport system (SL) consists of about 450 bus lines, three shuttle boat lines, metro stretching over a distance of 100 kilometer, in addition to other trams and local trains. Every day, almost 800,000 people travel by public transport in the region of Stockholm.
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 for metro, buses and local trains was reached in 2017. The next goals for 2030 are to have fossil-free maritime traffice, to lower the emissions by 75% as compared to 2009, and to use 15% less energy per passenger kilometer compared to 2011.
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.
There is also ongoing work to ensure that people with disabilities can access the public transport. The long-term goal of the municipality of Stockholm’s accessibility work is that the public transport should be perceived as the most attractive travel alternative for travelers with disabilities.
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.