Smart City Sweden West

Explore western Sweden!

Discover smart & sustainable solutions in the western region.

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Smart City Sweden West provides high-quality study tours, expertise, inspiration and useful business contacts. We offer our services to decision-makers in the public and private sectors who are facing environment-related challenges in a global market, and to regional companies seeking international business partners.

We connect international stakeholders with environmental technology providers and companies in Western Sweden that contribute to green systems solutions. Our study tours showcase green forerunners in the west of Sweden. We set up unique visit programs in the fields of urban development, transport, waste management and energy.

Strong mobility cluster

West Sweden has one of the strongest clusters in Europe within the transport area with high competence within areas such as electromobility, autonomous driving and public transport. The region offers many advanced testbeds and science parks and strong research actors. The project ElectriCity is an example of how new electric public transport solutions are tested in a city environment. Some of our innovative transport companies are Volvo Group, CleanMotion, Velove and Ericsson.

Heating & Cooling

Gothenburg has a very advanced and sustainable system for heating and cooling. Approximately 90 % of the city are connected to district heating and the district cooling network is expanding. A digital platform for buying and selling heating, cooling and electricity have also been developed and tested successfully on a university campus area (FED – Fossil-free Energy Districts). Many innovative projects are initiated by our science parks but also by the municipal companies. Examples of innovative energy companies are ÅF-Technology AB, Ecopilot, Metry and Wideco.

Urban development

In Gothenburg, Scandinavia’s largest development project is located. 100 billion euros will be invested in properties and infrastructure between 2016 and 2035. There are vast opportunities for companies interested in doing business within these sectors. Our region has a strong tradition of sharing and discussing urban development issues with citizens. Älvrummet is an excellent example of how people can learn and take part in the expansion of the city. Examples of companies within urban development are Bengt Dahlgren, Kjellgren Kaminsky, Liljewall and Infracontrol.

Waste management

We also make waste useful through a wide range of innovative systems for utilisation. Waste is recycled into new materials, combusted to generate electricity and heat, or gasified into vehicle fuel. Private companies and public utilities are developing solutions to ensure long-term, sustainable growth in the recycling and waste sector. Outstanding regional research and development also advance the areas of waste prevention and recycling. One example is Renova, that combusts waste to create energy in a world-class plant. Innovative waste-related companies in our region are Stena Recycling, Scandinavian Enviro System, Mycorena, Centriair, among others. 

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Best practice in the region

Gothenburg Smart District Cooling

Gothenburg Smart District Cooling

The City of Gothenburg in Sweden uses a district cooling system powered by the cool flows from Göta älv.

LIMA Travel App – Cutting Car Use with One Click

LIMA Travel App – Cutting Car Use with One Click

The mobile app LIMA is being tested at Lindholmen Science Park, offering employees all kinds of travel services, from bicycles to public transport. This reduces car use and supports everyday transport for both work and private use.

A Working Lab – Akademiska Hus

A Working Lab – Akademiska Hus

Akademiska Hus is now broadening its offering of services by launching a national concept for co-working, makerspace, short contracts, learning lab and other flexible meeting places.

BRF Viva – Housing with Minimum Climate Footprint

BRF Viva – Housing with Minimum Climate Footprint

Brf Viva was Sweden’s most sustainable and innovative housing project when it was built. Its many smart solutions in energy efficiency and building materials, as well as pioneering trialling of new ideas, make Viva an instructive and inspirational sustainable-living housing development.

Geofencing Helps Increase Safety and Reduce Environmental Impact from Transport

Geofencing Helps Increase Safety and Reduce Environmental Impact from Transport

Geofencing is a virtual geographical perimeter that helps create green zones where vehicles have their speed limited digitally and automatically switch to electric drive where appropriate. This technology is being trialled in Gothenburg as part of a more sustainable transport system.

Älvstaden – a New District Co-Created with Residents

Älvstaden – a New District Co-Created with Residents

Älvstaden is the largest urban development project in the Nordic region, aiming to create an inclusive, green and dynamic inner city. Its ambitious sustainability goals include not only environmental aspects, but also a focus on social and economic integration.

Creating a Local Power Market to Cut Fossil Energy Use

Creating a Local Power Market to Cut Fossil Energy Use

The Fossil-Free Energy District (FED) in Johanneberg Science Park in Gothenburg is a unique project that demonstrates how to create a local digital marketplace for electricity, heating and cooling and help reduce the use of fossil energy.

Electric Vehicles on Land and Water Provide Shortcut to a Sustainable City

Electric Vehicles on Land and Water Provide Shortcut to a Sustainable City

Tomorrow’s sustainable transport is well underway in Gothenburg. The city is launching a bus route with emissions-free vehicles powered by renewable electricity and an all-electric ferry offering quick, low-carbon public transport over the city’s river.

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Visit programs in the region

A Biogas hotspot

A Biogas hotspot

Göteborg Energi sees biogas as one of the most important renewable fuels of the future and a key to the transition to a fossil-free society.

ElectriCity – Cooperation for sustainable public transport

ElectriCity – Cooperation for sustainable public transport

Gothenburg is currently the scene of ElectriCity – an exciting cooperative venture bringing together industry, research and society in the development and testing of solutions for next-generation sustainable public transport.

Electromobility

Electromobility

See how Gothenburg develops flexible and sustainable mobility solutions and services using electrical vehicles. Focusing on higher transport efficiency and sustainability, the city runs an array of leading projects in the field.

Future living

Future living

How do we live in the future? HSB Living Lab is a research and demonstration arena, consisting of actual homes for students and guest researchers.

Goods transport

Goods transport

This tour shows Gothenburg’s different strategies for greener goods transport.

Gothenburg Energy – District heating and remote cooling

Gothenburg Energy – District heating and remote cooling

Gothenburg solves its energy challenges with a combination of previous initiatives and new technology. District heating was first introduced back in the 1950s, and the whole of Gothenburg is heated with energy that would otherwise have been wasted.

IRIS – Smart cities

IRIS – Smart cities

City of Gothenburg will in the project IRIS, together with Utrecht and Nice, address to the urgent need to deliver energy and mobility services in a more sustainable way, and contribute to a more urban quality of life. For five years the project will continue to test and work with smart city solutions on many levels, and with different stakeholders in cooperation for the best added value.

North river bank – From dockland to sustainable urban area

North river bank – From dockland to sustainable urban area

Visit a showcase of innovative urban development.

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Companies in the region

2050 Consulting AB

2050 Consulting AB

Sustainability consultancy that help clients towards sustainability and increased profitability

AB Akron Maskiner

AB Akron Maskiner

Akron is Sweden’s leading biomass and grain handling solutions provider, serving agricultural and industrial customers globally.

AB Joraform

AB Joraform

Since 1990, Joraform has developed and marketed compost machines for local composting of domestic waste.

AB Regin

AB Regin

Guided by a vision of people’s well-being in a sustainable future, the Regin Group creates technical solutions within building automation that optimize the energy consumption in buildings. The solutions also enable tailored indoor comfort for people all over the world.

ABB AB

ABB AB

ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact.

Absolent AB

Absolent AB

Absolent AB is a supplier of air cleaning equipment for collection of oil mist and oil smoke particles in industrial operations.

Acosense AB

Acosense AB

Acosense is a Swedish high tech company that develops and markets Acospector® Acoustic Chemometer, an innovation for non-invasive fluid analysis in real-time.

Affectus AB

Affectus AB

Affectus has developed systems for the energy sector and industry, installed around the world since 1994. In the energy sector, Affectus Alba collects data from meters in substations or on properties while in the industry sector data is collected from machines, materials and products.

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