Green Cities Fit for Life

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Malmo

The Pearl of Southern Sweden

The Swedish city of Malmö is the capital of the Scania municipality. With more than 600 000 inhabitants in the greater Malmö metropolitan area, it is Sweden’s third largest city.

An Eco-City

Malmö is a city undergoing a major transformation. Once a declining industrial centre with numerous brownfield sites, it is turning into a dynamic, green and industrially efficient city.

Many award-winning projects to redevelop brownfields are under way, and the city has a comprehensive plan to treat soil contamination, an active strategy to ensure a high percentage of surfaces remain unsealed, and measures to prevent further urban sprawl.

The redevelopment of these neighbourhoods combines urban planning, energy-efficient buildings (the eco-city quarter “Bo01″ is Sweden’s first climate neutral district), transport facilities, economic growth, access to green and blue areas, waste management, and so forth.

Substantial Renewable Energy Production

Malmö aims to make all city activities climate neutral by 2020, and has a plan to ensure that the whole city runs on renewable energy by 2030. The city is reducing greenhouse gas emissions by placing great emphasis on energy efficiency, reducing consumption, and investing in renewable energy.

Today, around 30% of all electricity is produced using renewable sources. These include photovoltaic installations throughout the city and Sweden’s largest offshore wind farm situated 10 km off the coast. Substantial investments have been made to increase the share of renewable energy for the future. The construction of one of the world’s largest biogas plant is one example.