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Sustainability becomes standard

Successful projects and pilot projects in municipalities are not scaled up. It is more chance than structure that makes projects continue, and it is often down to a single enthusiast to make it happen. How can we move away from this? So began Lisa Enarsson, City of Stockholm, project manager for Sustainability becomes standard, today's conference.

Sustainability becomes standard is funded by Viable Cities and Vinnova. The project has developed a guide and tools that support projects from the beginning to have the conditions for development and scaling up, tools that are ready to be used by many. In many cases, it is about asking the right questions from the start: who should be involved, what decisions will need to be made, and what power structures exist for this to fly and scale up? It is also said that there are a lot of ways to scale up, some of which are grow, replicate, transfer and spread. Having a common understanding in an organization of which part of scaling up you are talking about can provide a common vocabulary that benefits scaling up.

- We need to stop focusing on pilot projects and instead focus on radical implementation. We need to stop thinking that we have to be first to be best and instead glo och sno. Scaling up is not a "good to have". It is an absolute must.

- Olga Kordas, Viable Cities Program Manager, in the conference panel discussion

The panel discussion included Palle Lundberg, CEO of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR). We see great potential in a strategic collaboration between Viable Cities and SKR to drive the transition together and scale up from the 23 cities in Viable Cities' current initiative to all 290 municipalities in Sweden.

About the conference (hybrid):

About Sustainability becomes standard on IVL's website

Watch the conference afterwards for 2 weeks: