The forest has always been a major industry in North Sweden and the largest use of forest raw materials today is pulp for manufacturing paper products and sawn timber. By utilizing the industry’s residual process streams, new valuable and fossil free products with great potential can be developed. This is in line with the vision that Sweden should be a bioeconomy by 2050.
Circular economy is all about a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. Unlike in todays linear economy, in a circular economy we see everything as a resource for something else – waste doesn’t exist. How do business models need to change to suit a circular economy? What does this new way of thinking mean for the business community? How can profitable business models be combined with social and environmental responsibility? How can we design products right from the beginning, and do things even better, instead of just less bad?
Cleaner Production Audit training program
Cleaner Production Audit is an auditing system designed to encourage cleaner production, improve technical efficiency and reduce material consumption thereby improving energy efficiency, reducing life-cycle costs and fundamentally reducing the environmental impact of any business or industry.
The outcome of the audit is a strategic plan for reducing poisonous and harmful compounds, reducing material consumption and energy demand and ultimately reducing the generation of waste.
Destination Stockholm Clean Tech
This program gives you an overview of the environmental technology in Stockholm. It includes a visit at the center for Sweden’s leading R&D activities in the field of wastewater treatment, as well as one of the world’s most well-known examples of sustainable city development.
Early processes in Sustainable Urban Development
Sustainability issues have been a natural part of urban development in Sweden for a long time. Not only when it comes to new technology but also in areas such as urban governance, urban strategies, urban resource management and urban planning & design. In Southern Sweden we have worked successfully with early processes in order to obtain as sustainable urban development as possible. To make this experience available GreenTech Visits have four offers for municipalities that are planning to build new sustainable areas within in the city.
Energy symbiosis – Händelö
On the small island of Händelö, a part of the city of Norrköping in East Sweden there is a remarkable energy symbiosis where a waste incineration plant sends steam to fuel a grain based ethanol production plant from where the residuals go back to the agricultural sector as fodder. The ethanol plant also sends some of its residuals to the adjacent biogas production plant that otherwise mainly uses biodegradable waste from the surrounding region to produce bio-methane to fuel both private and public vehicles with the worlds most environmentally friendly vehicle fuel
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.
Green Housing in Malmo
Southern Sweden abounds with examples of green architecture and solutions that combine a number of green technologies in order to provide sustainable living environments. In and around Malmö there are examples of areas where solar cells and wind power combine to provide electricity for a large part of the needs, heat pumps produce heat, and rain water is taken care of in environmentally friendly run-off systems, and where the roofs of buildings are used to grow plants that produce oxygen, slow down run-off of rain water, and maintain a healthy and pleasant environment in the area.
Interactive training – waste management & recycling
Bring your local waste management related problems to the program in order to let our experts penetrate and understand them. This will allow us to apply our experience and knowhow in the process of setting up an action plan towards business-oriented solutions.
Interactive training – water management and biogas
Bring your local water and bio-degradable waste related problems to the program in order to let our experts penetrate and understand them. This will allow us to apply our experience and knowhow in the process of setting up an action plan towards business-oriented solutions.
Karlskronahem Fossil Free Buildings
The municipal housing company Karlskronahem in the city of Karlskrona has succeeded to almost completely eliminate oil from its heating systems. This has been done by a number of innovative projects involving the innovative use of heat from the sea and from air in a number of different ways. The company has also installed solar panels for the production of electricity, displaying the production figures to tenants in order to engage them in energy saving activities.
Low-CO2 Heating Skåne
Sweden is one of the countries in the world with the largest share of households that get their heat from district heating. This, in combination with the use of the most modern technology and practices from heat production to distribution and use in buildings makes Southern Sweden one of the most exciting places to visit to get an up-date on district heating technology.
Making money from waste
Do you have a waste problem and need ideas on how to deal with it? Do you want to make money as well? Learn from some of the best in the world and visit Gävle region in northern Sweden. Attend our 5-day technical visit programme on urban waste management and leave with ideas, real life examples and new contacts that will help you along the way.
Sustainable urban development
Many cities around the world today have problems with poor air quality, and often it is the combination of heat and car exhaust that is the cause. The development of fossil-free transportation in cities of the future is critical. Umeå, has extremely innovative electric buses adapted to cold climates. Umeå’s goal is to have fossil-free city traffic by 2020.
New buildings use significantly less energy than existing buildings, which in turn can reduce their energy use with smart renovation methods. Umeå region has evolved as a hub for sustainable construction and management, and the interest in our work is great. Umeå’s objective is to become a world leader in sustainable construction by 2020.
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.
Waste is a valuable resource that can be used for recycling to new materials, incineration to produce heat and energy, and fermentation to produce biogas. Waste management in Sweden is a well developed discipline with systems for the sorting of waste by households, at offices, and at industries, and many products are recycled in specialized recycling systems. Over the past decades these systems have been improved and perfected to a level that cannot be matched by many other countries.
Waste Safari in Dalarna
Green Business Region offers a five-day programme focusing on sustainable waste management in the Dalarna region. The programme focuses on the twin cities Falun and Borlänge and the village Tällberg by the lake Siljan – a beautiful part of Dalarna with a rich cultural heritage.