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International work

In addition to our activities in Sweden, Viable Cities also works internationally on several initiatives that contribute to the mission of climate-neutral cities by 2030 - with a good life for all within the boundaries of the planet.

Viable Cities' work is in close interaction with the European mobilization around "Mission Climate Neutral and Smart Cities 2030". For example, we participate in the management of the NetZeroCities platform, which supports the 112 European cities that, like the Swedish 2030 cities, have committed to being pioneers and becoming climate neutral by 2030. Seven of the 23 Viable Cities initiatives are also directly among the 112 pioneers in the EU - Gävle, Gothenburg ,Helsingborg, Lund, Malmö ,Stockholm and Umeå.

Viable Cities Climate City Contract 2030 has inspired the European Climate City Contract, which is now being implemented in European cities. We also participate in the CapaCities initiative, for the creation of national nodes in EU countries, which - like Viable Cities - will bring together cities for a joint effort for the local transition journey, and in Driving Urban Transition (DUT). At the same time, we work globally with UN Habitat and a wide range of stakeholders in the Climate Smart Cities Challenge. We also participate in several relevant networks to increase Swedish cities' competence and capacity for transition, and at the same time contribute to promoting increased exports that have an impact on the climate transition globally.

Read more about our international partnerships

  • External calls for proposals
  • Internal calls for proposals
  • Climate-neutral cities
  • System demonstrator
Driving Urban Transitions (DUT)

The DUT aims to further strengthen the pursuit of sustainable cities and urban spaces. Three thematic areas are in focus in the program; Positive Energy Districts, 15 minutes cities and Circular Urban Economies.

Viable Cities International cooperation

Viable Cities is a main partner in CapaCITIES. CapaCITIES supports national and regional government agencies to advance their governance structures and develop platforms to achieve the mission of climate neutral cities.

Positive Energy Districts (PED)

Energy Positive Districts (PED) is an international program that contributes to the sustainable development of cities by rewarding energy efficiency, local energy production and flexibility of the energy system. The goal is to have 100 energy-positive districts in the EU by 2025.

Nordic Transition Partnership (NTP)

NTP aims to accelerate the transition to climate neutrality by 2030 in small and medium-sized municipalities in the Nordic region. In the project, Viable Cities collaborates with Tampere in Finland, Reykjavik in Iceland, and Smart Innovation Norway in Norway.

UniCities

UniCities aims to support Ukraine's stakeholders in rebuilding the country's cities and communities in a climate-smart and sustainable way. UniCities is an EU initiative led by KTH.

Climate Smart Cities Challenge (CSCC)

The CSCC identifies obstacles to achieving the mission of climate-neutral cities, finds solutions to them and explores how they can be realized. The aim is to pave the way for new solutions, investments and business for sustainable urban development globally.

ENUTC

ERA-NET Cofund Urban Transformation Capacities, ENUTC, is part of the European cooperation Joint Programming Initiative (JPI Urban Europé) which was established in 2010 to address today's global urban challenges.

Climate City Contact - an introduction

Internationalization strategy

Viable Cities works to contribute to and coordinate the Swedish work for the global mission to transition to climate-neutral and sustainable cities, with a particular focus on the development of international networks, positioning and financing. 

One of our sub-goals is to contribute to making Swedish cities well prepared to access international funding to accelerate the transition to climate neutrality, for example through the European Green Deal, Positive Energy Districts within SET-Plan (PED) and other parts of Horizon Europe.

We also want, based on our experience, to take a leading position in accelerating the transition in the EU and globally, for example through the development and implementation of Climate City Contract - Climate City Contracts.

Another sub-objective is to increase Swedish cities' competence and ability to transition through business intelligence, recruitment of strategic competence and participation in relevant networks, and also to contribute to promoting increased exports that have an impact on the global climate transition.

Our international work will

  • build on cities' needs, goals and visions
  • create added value from internationalization that benefits Swedish cities: positioning, financing and networks.
  • build on existing structures for the exchange and co-creation of knowledge
  • create new stories about the Swedish offer - for example through storytelling and other methods
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Viable Cities is a strategic innovation program with the mission Climate neutral cities 2030 with a good life for all within the planetary boundaries. The program is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, Vinnova and Formas and is coordinated by KTH.

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