For the second year in a row, Uppsala has been named Swedish Climate City of the year by WWF and will now represent Sweden in the global finale. In 2018, Uppsala won the WWF One Planet City Challenge globally.
Uppsala is most famous for its collaborative approach when it comes to tackling climate change. By agreeing on a climate protocol, organisations, companies and the municipality are working together to reduce the city’s impact on the environment. The goal is to become a fossil-free, renewable welfare municipality by 2030 and climate positive by 2050.
To reach these ambitious goals, a wide range of efforts are put in place. Investments are made in installing solar panels with 100 megawatts by 2030, which would cover 5 % of the needs in the municipality. A new, biofuel-based district heating plant is under construction and efforts are made in promoting biking and public transport. A majority of the buses are electric hybrids or run on biogas or biodiesel.