Drottninghög – developing a socially sustainable area
Drottninghög, a neighborhood in Helsingborg, is in the process of developing both a physical and socially sustainable area. Together with the residents, real estate companies and the city of Helsingborg we transform a worn down residential area into an attractive and included part of the city.
District heating and cooling – A more sustainable energy production
With a water-filled rock chamber beneath Kungsholmen in Stockholm, the energy company Stockholm Exergi has been able to substantially increase capacity in the city’s network for district cooling. The ordinary cooling plants in buildings can be phased out, and both high electricity needs and the risk of leakage of ozone-depleting substances will decrease along with them.
BioDiverCity – green innovation in urban environments
Green areas in cities are fundamental for people to live and thrive. By implementing green areas, the temperature in cities is lowered, the risk of flooding is minimized and noise decreased. Green areas do not only increase the well-being of humans, but also help increase biodiversity and provides several other beneficial ecosystem services.
Biogas Xpose: sustainable biogas production through innovative technologies
BIOGAS XPOSE demonstrates how a region with a high demand for biomethane (BM) can increase the production of BM as a renewable vehicle fuel in an economically and environmentally viable fashion by maximizing regional waste as the resource. The project is reducing the total emissions of carbon dioxide with 334 600 tonnes by sustainable production of BM that replaces fossil fuels in the transportation sector. The project ended in 2018.
Remediation project: Turning a polluted area to a toxin-free environment
In Kristianstad, Sweden, the area of a former dry-cleaning site was once one of the most polluted areas in the south of Sweden. As a part of the Swedish objective of reaching a Toxin-free Environment, toxins have now been reduced by 99,9 % in the area.
Extended Producer Responsibility in Sweden: Towards better waste management
Extended Producer responsibility (EPR) is a governmental policy and a Swedish law that aims to better waste management and collection. The Swedish system shifts the waste management cost or physical collection fully from local governments to producers. The policy applies to different goods such as packaging, newsprint, electronic products, batteries, tires, end-of-life vehicles, pharmaceutical waste, stray radioactive products and radioactive sources.
Reco lab: Sustainable management of domestic wastewater and food waste
The new residential area Oceanhamnen (The Ocean Harbour) in Helsingborg, is connected to three separate wastewater pipes; one vacuum pipe for toilets, one for food waste and a third pipe for the remaining greywater (showers, dishwashing and sinks). The separation of wastewater at the source enables recovery of resources from wastewater at Sweden’s first recovery plant; Reco lab.
Älvstaden, Frihamnen – a new district in the heart of Gothenburg
Älvstaden is the Nordic region’s largest urban development project. Central Gothenburg will grow to double size and the sustainability ambitions of the project are high. By strengthening the core, meeting the water and the whole city, an inclusive, green and dynamic inner-city is created. Within the City of Gothenburg, work is underway to reduce the differences in living conditions for the inhabitants. According to the governance document for social sustainability, Program for an Equal City 2018-2026, the city’s physical environments should create the conditions for socio-economic integration, security and cohesion.