Mayor of Stockholm: Swedish cities are inspiring climate action in Europe

Mayor of Stockholm Anna König Jerlmyr said that the Swedish capital, alongside other cities in Sweden, is the leader in the field of combating climate change. König Jerlmyr stressed that Stokholm has taken concrete steps towards becoming climate-neutral by 2030 and being one of the 100 leading European cities in the climate transition.

Mayor König Jerlmyr stated on social media: To achieve the goals and accelerate the transition, each city has established a climate contract and today I signed our city’s contract, which commits us to reduce climate emissions, increase innovation capacity and involve citizens in the climate transition work.

Stockholm mayor explained that the city is currently running two successful pilot projects for carbon capture and biochar production. According to König Jerlmyr, Stockholm is also actively working towards a large-scale plant by 2025.

The city also runs the Stockholm Senseable Lab in close collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, combining research and cutting-edge technology to produce new knowledge and solutions in sustainable urban development. Stockholm has joined forces with prestigious universities to continue investigating new aspects of smart cities, such as multimodal transportation, energy production and efficiency, and environmental monitoring.

Stockholm has a long history of ambitious environment and ecological policies, with its first environment programme adopted as early as 1976. Some of the steps this Scandinavian capital has taken in the area of environmental protection later served as examples that were adopted by numerous cities. Its efforts in this field were officially recognized in 2010 when Stockholm was awarded Europe’s first European Green Capital.

According to its mayor, the city of Stockholm will lead the green transition and ensure that all company vehicles are electric or gas-powered. In addition, 100% of parking spaces in the inner city of Stockholm are set to have charging facilities by 2030, as well as 80% in the outer city.

 

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