Cities around the world are growing and increasingly more people are moving from rural to urban areas. Today, 55 % of the world’s population lives in cities, and by 2050, the number is expected to be about 68 %.  

Increased urbanization has many positive outcomes and can connect people, reduce poverty and foster human development. At the same time, the increased pressure on cities leads to a stronger need to build sustainable cities and offer public services such as sustainable public transport systems, waste management and efficient energy solutions.

In order to deliver these solutions and create cities that are sustainable in the longer term, new technological solutions – together with good governance that consider the social aspects of sustainability – are needed.

Sweden works to create smart cities where social sustainability plays a major part. Green areas help create meeting places, and they also play the role of air cleaners, water collectors and noise reducers. By building in favour of bikes and pedestrians, car traffic has been reduced in the city centres, leading to better health among the residents.

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When the preschool ‘Hoppet’ in Gothenburg was to be built, the City of Gothenburg wanted to challenge and create a change in the construction industry; they wanted it to be built completely fossil free throughout the building’s entire life cycle with regards to production, assembly and future operation.

Tvärpilen – a small residential area, big on sustainability

Tvärpilen – a small residential area, big on sustainability

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Site East –  a climate neutral construction site

Site East – a climate neutral construction site

At Skellefteå Site East, close to Northvolt’s factory, conditions are created to create the most sustainable development project ever. By maximizing the cutting edge know-how of both Skellefteå municipality and external partners, Skellefteå Site East is a source of inspiration for the industry. Both in terms of the courage to dare to think and act in new ways around sustainability, and in working together with contractors towards a common vision.

Blue Green City Lab evaluates blue green solutions

Blue Green City Lab evaluates blue green solutions

In times of more extreme weather caused by climate changes the downside with dense cities with fewer green spaces and more paved surfaces is showing. Extreme heat, flooding and reduced biodiversity, we all see it. However, blue green solutions have a positive impact. Blue Green City Lab is the testbed that evaluates new and proven solutions.


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