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Viable Cities is a strategic innovation program working towards the mission of Climate Neutral Cities 2030 with a good life for all within the boundaries of the planet.

Climate Neutral Cities 2030 3.0

Viable Cities' third call within the Climate Neutral Cities 2030 initiative has opened. The call will further accelerate the local transition journey, and involves a greater focus on scaling up beyond the individual city's transition work.

System demo for climate neutrality

System demonstrators address structural challenges within a defined system and mobilize actors across the societal system to accelerate, scale and amplify the transition to climate-neutral cities and help create the 'new normal'.

Glo och sno for the transition

Within Glo och sno , we highlight local actions that trigger action that contributes to the mission: climate-neutral cities by 2030 - with a good life for all within the limits of the planet. Glo och sno to accelerate the local transition journey in all cities and communities.

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DUT Management team at the DUT Conference 2024 in Brussels.
April 12, 2024

Viable Cities is on site in Brussels for the Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) partnership policy conference as well as the kickoff for the first 48 projects covering the transition pathways 15-minute Cities (15mC), Positive Energy Districts (PED) and Circular Urban Economies (CUE).

Moon Landings to Cities Mission
11 April 2024

Viable Cities is, together with Sweden-US Green Transition Initiative and partners, exploring collaboration between Sweden, the European Union, and the United States, towards climate-neutral and smart cities globally.

Climate breakfast #35
10 April 2024

Just transition means greening the economy in a way that is as fair and inclusive as possible for all concerned, creating decent work opportunities and leaving no one behind. It means meeting climate targets by ensuring that all of society - all communities, all workers, all social groups - are involved in the climate transition.

Skellefteå

Skellefteå

A unique development is taking place in Skellefteå. There is strong local industrial development and construction and planning in Skellefteå as never before. Intensive work is already underway to coordinate projects and promote sustainable social development and a green transition.

Umeå

Umeå

The initiative for a smart climate-neutral Umeå 2030 is based on a consumption perspective on the city's climate impact and includes emissions within and outside Umeå's geographical boundaries.

Östersund

Östersund

Östersund will become climate neutral by 2030. To realize this, an action and climate investment plan for the municipality, companies and residents of the city will be developed. 

Gävle

Gävle

Gävle municipality has an environmental strategy program with the goal of becoming climate neutral by 2035, including consumption-based emissions, and already has a comprehensive climate roadmap. In addition, Gävle will build one of Europe's most sustainable districts, Näringen.

Borlänge

Borlänge

Climate Neutral Borlänge 2030 aims to create collaborative forms, new processes and methods to enable the transformative changes required to succeed in the rapid climate transition.

Enköping

Enköping

In the initiative in Enköping, an IoT platform will make it possible to collect/share new data from buildings and the environment, thereby creating an improved basis for decision-making, scalable innovations and new services. Grouped qualitative digital pilots will be carried out to test the effects of dialogue and anchoring patterns among citizens.

Karlstad

Karlstad

Karlstad Municipality has the goal of being fossil-free and climate-smart and is one of the few municipalities that includes both geographical and consumption-based emissions in this ambition. Climate work must permeate the entire municipality and it must be easy for residents and companies to make climate-smart choices.

Eskilstuna

Eskilstuna

With broad inclusion, a climate program is designed for and with actors from public organisations, business, the non-profit sector and academia to include everyone who lives and works in the municipality. During the work, five areas have been identified that Eskilstuna's stakeholders need to focus on with joint efforts.

Örebro

Örebro

Climate Neutral Örebro 2030 will create a platform for collaboration that leads to structural and cultural system innovations for climate change, in both new and existing neighborhoods. Örebro's strengths around the carbon budget with three perspectives are important pillars for achieving the goals.

Uppsala

Uppsala

Uppsala is committed to leading the climate transition and achieving the goals in line with Agenda 2030 by accelerating the transformative changes necessary for the climate. Uppsala Municipality and the Uppsala Climate Protocol network will develop an action plan for a fossil-free welfare society in 2030.

Järfälla

Järfälla

Järfälla will be at the forefront of environmental and climate work and the municipality is growing with thousands of planned homes and workplaces. The major urban development projects underway create both challenges and opportunities to make smart, sustainable choices for a climate-neutral municipality right from the start.

Stockholm

Stockholm

The initiative in Stockholm aims to improve the ability of cities to manage the complex decision-making situations that arise and find appropriate measures to reduce emissions. An innovation team with the municipality, academia and business is being established to drive the transition process.

Nacka

Nacka

The purpose of the initiative is to strengthen the conditions for municipal planning to develop and implement innovative ideas and transformative solutions that contribute to meeting the climate challenge and set environmental and sustainability goals.

Mariestad

Mariestad

In recent years, Mariestad Municipality has taken several significant steps towards climate change. Already in 2015, the municipality decided with political consensus and in cooperation with local industry to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030.

Linköping

Linköping

As early as 2012, Linköping City Council decided that the municipality should be carbon neutral by 2025. A long-term climate and energy program is now being developed with the aim of defining proposals for overall umbrella goals for climate work in the coming decades.

Borås

Borås

Borås's local carbon budget states that both the municipal group and Borås's consumption-based emissions should be reduced by 16% each year. Climate Neutral Borås 2030 aims to realize the significant emission reductions required while creating a fair and inclusive transition.

Gothenburg

Gothenburg

Previous experience and studies show that it is not technical solutions that are missing for climate change, but transformative ability and capacity for new system solutions. The initiative is therefore based on what kind of movement we believe must take place, what working methods we believe will be required, what competencies and structures this requires, and how these should be anchored in the city's organization.

Växjö

Växjö

Växjö municipality wants to collaborate with actors in society to develop an action plan and methods for the transition to a society with low climate impact. The initiative will work with the overall picture for a climate-neutral Växjö, but also focus on the areas of construction and transportation. 

squid

squid

Kalmar is one of Sweden's fastest growing residential cities - and also a distinctly rural municipality. This is a combination that presents challenges but also opportunities for sustainable growth. There is a strong political will, with clear goals for the transition, and the municipality has much to contribute.

Helsingborg

Helsingborg

Helsingborg's ambition is to offer its residents a high quality of life within the limits of the planet. The City of Helsingborg has an ambitious climate and energy plan with the goal of achieving zero emissions for the municipality's area by 2035. As part of this, a local Paris Agreement, Klimatavtal i Helsingborg, was launched in spring 2021.

Kristianstad

Kristianstad

Climate-neutral Kristianstad 2030 will accelerate the transition to a sustainable, resource-efficient and climate-neutral society through innovation-driven, co-creative work characterized by commitment and participation. The initiative strengthens institutional capacity, is based on local conditions and uses collaborative platforms to create consensus and momentum in the climate transition work.

Lund

Lund

In Smart and Climate Neutral Lund 2030, an innovation team will be formed consisting of design companies, research institutions and a cross-sectoral team centrally located in the municipality. Climate Neutral Lund 2030 2.0 will build on the approaches, networks, methods and results that emerged in step 1.

Malmö

Malmö

The City of Malmö aims to be a pioneer in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve Malmö's ambitious climate goals, the City of Malmö has initiated Klimatomställning Malmö. The Malmö initiative will continue to contribute to ensuring progress in implementation.

23 Swedish cities working towards the mission

23 Swedish cities are working together in Viable Cities' Climate Neutral Cities 2030 initiative. The map here provides a quick overview of the cities' ambitions. At each map pin you will find a short description of the city's work, and clicking on the pin will take you to the initiative's page with more information.

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What are Viable Cities?

Viable Cities is a strategic innovation program with the mission Climate Neutral Cities 2030 with a good life for all within the planetary boundaries. In the Climate Neutral Cities 2030 initiative - and with the tool Climate City Contract 2030 - the program collaborates with 23 cities and six government agencies to accelerate the climate transition. Viable Cities' mission-driven work is closely aligned with the European mobilization around the Mission Climate Neutral and Smart Cities 2030. Viable Cities is one of 17 strategic innovation programs in a joint initiative by Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas. The program is coordinated by KTH and runs until 2030.