Smart City Sweden South

Explore southern Sweden!

Discover smart & sustainable solutions in the southern region.

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About the region

In the south of Sweden, in the regions of Skåne and Blekinge, you will find approximately half of all Swedish export oriented cleantech companies. Smart City Sweden South is home to five universities, where Lund University, ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities, is the most prominent. If that was not enough to make a visit to the south of Sweden, Skåne has some of Sweden’s top municipalities in regard to environmental matters.

Sustainable Urban Development is in the DNA of our region. It is our regional strength linked to energy, waste management and wastewater management, including stormwater management. When it comes to the field of energy, the region is especially outstanding within biogas.

Municipalities at the forefront of city development

Our municipalities have been sticking their necks out for a long time. The expansion of the Western Harbour in Malmö has become an international model for sustainable urban development. When the first area, Bo01, was built, it was Sweden’s first urban area with climate-neutral energy, and the region keeps building smart sustainable areas. One example is Brunnshög in Lund, an area next to the two international advanced research facilities MAX IV and European Spallations Source, which are currently under development. In the autumn of 2019, the world´s largest low temperature district heating network was inaugurated. At the same time, a new, integrated wastewater and waste system is being developed in the new district H+ in Helsingborg.

Reco lab, Helsingborg

Home to innovative, international companies

What about companies? How about Orbital Systems, a highly innovative company that has developed a shower built on NASA technology. The shower saves up to 90 % of the heat and 80 % of the water. Another innovative company is Enjay, which recycles heat from moist and greasy environments such as restaurant kitchens. Alfa Laval is another company within the region, a global company that produces heat exchangers.

We can go on and on, but think that you will be better off exploring the best practice from our region presented below, and then get in contact with us so we can suggest a tailor-made visit programme set from your preferences.

Areas of expertise

WATER: wastewater treatment, biogas, stormwater management and blue green solutions
WASTE: combined heat and power, incineration, recycling, circular economy
ENERGY: district heating and cooling (both traditional and lowtemp), biogas, smart grids

Best practice in the region

Hulta preschool – built with inspiration from Cradle to Cradle®

Ronneby Municipality invests in Cradle to cradle® as a method to achieve circular economy, healthy materials, diversity and renewable energy. The method implies a positive attitude that has been implemented in Hulta preschool, with an environment of conscious material choices and unique outdoor environment and pedagogy.

Sweden’s cutest recycling center – reuse and solar-powered recycling in Kristianstad

Recycling centers might not be famous for their aesthetically pleasing buildings. But in Kristianstad, the newly renovated and updated recycling centers are just that.

Science heats the city

In the new city district Brunnshög in Lund the world’s largest LTDH network is being built. The network is based almost exclusively on fossil free surplus heat recovered from the MAX IV facility.

H22 – The making of A Smarter City

The Helsingborg international city expo in 2022, and the work leading up to it, is a major investment aiming to explore and lead the way to a smarter and more sustainable urban planning and city life. Our goal is to be one of Europe’s most innovative cities in 2022. Welcome to join our journey!

Verapark – a large lab with recycled material

By unlocking traditional business models within the waste sector, Verapark creates a triple-helix model of innovation between private owned and public owned companies together with the academic world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Linero – Urban Renovation for a sustainable future

Linero is a successful experience in smart city and energy efficiency retrofitting. The project in Linero focuses on upgrading approximately 800 apartments built in the 1970s in the Linero area, in order to create more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly housing.

Eco-city Augustenborg: Creating an attractive and resilient district

The district Augustenborg has been rebuilt during the last 20 years to manage problems with flooding and socioeconomic challenges. By planning and rebuilding through solutions based on ecosystem services, the area is now an attractive district that managed well during the flooding in 2014. Augustenborg is now an excellent example of a successful sustainable makeover of an urban district.

Sege Park – the New Climate Smart Neighbourhood

Visit Sege Park and see how high sustainable goals such as circular economy can be achieved through cooperation between the private business community and the Municipality.

With Green Regional Development as a Goal, NSR

Waste collection in fractions, biogas production and biofertilizer production

Malmö Airport

Malmö Airport is part of Swedavia, the sustainable airport group that owns, operates and develops eleven airports across Sweden. Swedavia is an international role model today for developing airports with the least possible impact on the climate.

Intelligent Heating Systems

The public swimming pool in the municipality of Eslöv provides a perfect show-case of intelligent heating systems. The system consists of the multi-layered accumulator tank and the intelligent control system that facilitates the integration of a number of heat sources, such as solar heating, a pellet burner, or other sources.

The world’s premier research and innovation environment in Lund

MAX IV, a world-class giant microscope, will be completed in 2015, and ESS, the globe’s most powerful neutron source, will begin construction in 2014. These research laboratories will make it possible for scientists to study in-depth the building blocks of different materials. Together, the investments for these research facilities are equal to those for the Öresund Bridge.

Sustainable Housing in Lomma Harbour

In the early years of the new millennium, the municipality of Lomma with a population of some 20,000 people, embarked on a major project to expand and renew the central area around the small harbour and beach. The goal was to expand the population by 30 per cent, and at the same time remodel the central part of the municipality so that it would become more attractive to residents.

Aquifer Heating and Cooling

The heating and cooling system of the hospital in Kristianstad uses energy from an aquifer in order to heat the hospital in winter and cool it in summer. This is a unique clean energy solution that uses “free energy” in a creative way. The solution was developed by Region Skåne in cooperation with the company Malmberg Water.

Energy-Efficient Hospitals

A successful business model between a private company and the hospital in Kristianstad made investments possible.

Innovative Use of Heat-Pumps and Solar Panels

The housing company Karlskronahem has eliminated oil from its heating systems by installing a number of different types of heat-pumps in innovative ways. One installation involves the installation of air-to-water heat pumps in the attic of apartment buildings that supply heat down to an external temperature of five degrees. The air in the ventilation is recycled through the system for heat recovery. The company has also installed solar panels for electricity production in order to become more self sufficient in terms of energy.

Recycling Park, Kristianstad

The Kristianstad recycling park is one of the best examples of the Swedish system of waste management. The material and energy recycling rate is currently 97% and the goal is to reach 100% in the near future. By increasing the volume of material recycled, the amount of material deposited has been decreased by 40,000 tons.

Filborna Combined Heat- and Power Plant

The Filborna waste-to-energy plant is run by Öresundskraft, the municipality of Helsingborg’s wholly owned energy company. Commissioned in 2013 with a 70 MW boiler and an annual 160,000 tonnes RDF incineration limit, the plant is being upgraded to 250,000 tonnes pa. and a 90 MW boiler, producing steam for district heating and electricity.

Waste Management in Practice

In Malmö with its 300,000 inhabitants household waste is collected by the waste management company VA Syd. In the residential area of Augustenborg all fractions of waste are sorted in waste management houses close to residential buildings. In this area, substantial efforts have been made to simplify the sorting of waste and to inform residents about the need to sort waste and thereby participate in the pilot program.

Creating the Zero Energy Buildings of the Future

The new regional headquarters of Region Skåne is one of the most energy efficient buildings in Sweden. This represents one further step in the direction of energy efficiency – planning and constructing the energy efficient buildings of the future. Now the process to build a new center for forensic medicine in the city of Trelleborg has been started.

Sysav – Waste to resources in southern Sweden

Sysav (South Scania Waste Company) and Sysav Industri AB receives, recycles and treats waste from households and businesses in southern Skåne. The companies are owned by 14 municipalities with a joint population of around 700,000, and have approximately 6,000 companies as customers.

The Ecological City of Tomorrow in the Western Harbour, Malmö

This “city within a city” has its own systems for managing its energy supply and waste treatment. Car traffic in the area has been minimized as an environmentally friendly approach to urban planning and mobility.

Karpalund Biogas Plant, Kristianstad

The digestion facility for the produktion of biogas is one of the bigger in Sweden, treating about 85,000 tons of organic material every year.

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