- In Borlänge there is a very broad consensus that we should work together to achieve the climate goals. Next year we will increase the pace further. The municipality will be an enabler for citizens and business to act sustainably and climate-smart, says Erik Nises (S), Chairman of the Municipal Board, Borlänge Municipality.
- A year ago, Borås City signed Climate City Contract 2030 for the first time. During the year, we have developed valuable collaborations, for example with the real estate and construction sector. With our partners in the Climate Neutral Borås 2030 initiative, we have conducted several dialogues with both residents and the business community. We have developed a green economic framework that enables the City of Borås to finance sustainable investments. Climate City Contract 2030 and our participation in the Viable Cities program give us a continued important contact area for local, regional, and national collaboration on the greatest challenge of our time - the climate issue," says Ulf Olsson (S), Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board of the City of Borås.
- Enköping is transforming with the conviction that every step counts. We strive to be a pioneer in sustainability, where every inhabitant is part of our green vision for the future," says Peter Book (M), Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board in Enköping.
- Viable Cities is a strong platform for our local efforts to change. With our local goal of becoming climate positive by 2045, all collaborations, commitments and efforts we can jointly participate and take part in are necessary. Viable Cities contributes both to competition and a spur in this work. Just as it should be when it is at its best and you want to get results," says Jimmy Jansson (S), chairman of the municipal board in Eskilstuna municipality.
- "Viable Cities has become an obvious collaboration for us, where we can share but also get new inspiration on how the climate work can be integrated even more in our management and governance models to realize our goal of a climate-neutral Gävle. The collaboration arena that Viable Cities is, has become an important part for us to be even more successful in the transition work, says Åsa Wiklund Lång (S), chairman of the municipal board in Gävle municipality.
City of Gothenburg
- The climate does not wait. The green transition must take place now. In order to increase the pace of the transition and ensure that the measures implemented have a greater impact, collaboration and a strong capacity for innovation are required. Gothenburg is at the forefront of this work and is currently implementing several pioneering test and innovation projects that will help us become climate neutral by 2030. The climate contract is also an important way forward for us to achieve our goal," says Jonas Attenius (S), Chairman of the City Council of Gothenburg.
- For us in Helsingborg, "together" is a key word as we know that it is the cooperation with business, academia and civil society that gives us the power to accelerate the transition. The Helsingborg Declaration is one of many examples. Last summer, we launched a framework for sustainable bonds linked to planned investments for the Group's transition. This fall, in broad collaboration, we have set clear targets and measures for each emissions sector, which will be adopted in the city's new climate and energy plan at the end of next year," says Christian Orsing (M), Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board in Helsingborg.
- Järfälla's environmental work continues to be at the forefront, and as proof of this, we were named the third best municipality in Sweden for the environment earlier this year. Best in the region. Our revised and ambitious environmental plan is the basis for our continued work, and together with the business community, academia and municipal residents, we will continue to be a pioneer in climate work. The climate contract is an important link between Järfälla's local climate work and the collaboration required with other municipalities and government agencies to achieve the goal of climate-neutral cities," says Aphram Melki (C ), municipal councillor in Järfälla.
- In Kalmar, we continue to step up our climate work and are working hard on several fronts. There is a strong political will in the municipality to grow sustainably and right now this is reflected in investments and ongoing establishment of large production facilities for biogas and solar parks. We are also working to raise the climate requirements in construction contracts. Over the next year, the work will continue together with business, residents and Viable Cities. It is with confidence in the future that we sign Climate City Contract 2023," says Johan Persson (S), Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board in Kalmar.
- It is about giving our young people hope for the future! It is one of our most important tasks and it is so important that we show our children and grandchildren that we will fix this. We have solved crises before and we will take our responsibility now," says Linda Larsson (S), Chair of the Municipal Board of Karlstad Municipality. What also makes me really proud as a Karlstad resident is that during the year we have launched both the local Climate City Contract and Rundgång, a circular pop-up gallery, as part of the work with Climate Neutral Karlstad 2030.
- Kristianstad Municipality has raised its ambitions in this year's climate contract by focusing more clearly on the transition of the food system and strengthening collaboration with local actors. "We are a food municipality and we should be proud of that. We should also be proud of the transition that we can make together with our traders. I am confident about the future because there are so many of us who want to change," says Camilla Palm (M), Chair of Kristianstad City Council.
- Linköping is a city where universities, business, civil society and public organisations work together to make ideas become reality. Together, by thinking new and being brave, we try to meet our societal challenges and create a life-friendly city where people thrive. A confirmation of this is that this year we have been named Europe's most innovative city by the iCapital Awards in the category European Rising Innovative City," says Mikael Sanfridson (S) Mayor of Linköping.
- Being named Sweden's most environmentally friendly municipality is an obligation. We are now continuing the work by increasing the pace and doing what we do well even more. But also by learning from others and thus further sharpening our climate work," says Anders Almgren (S), Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board in Lund.
City of Malmö
- Cities play a central role in addressing environmental and climate issues. At the same time, it is clear that climate change knows no borders. Collaboration with business, civil society, academia and all Malmö residents, but also with other cities and national actors, is directly crucial if we are to achieve our bold and ambitious environmental and climate goals," says Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh (S), Chair of Malmö City Council.
- The climate contract helps us, together with other cities, government agencies and Viable Cities, to accelerate the climate transition work that needs to take place at different levels, locally, regionally and nationally. Collaboration is essential in the climate transition and is a necessity, as no single actor has all the solutions or has the power to do this on its own. Locally in Mariestad, we have just started our biggest development journey in modern times, as a result of AB Volvo's establishment of a battery factory. This establishment, together with several other ongoing and green establishments, provides a unique power, inspiration and opportunities to make climate-smart investments, create good habits and implement the climate transition in a way that creates benefits for both the business community and our citizens," says Johan Abrahamsson (M), chairman of the municipal board in Mariestad.
- For the third time, Nacka has been named Sweden's most robust municipality, the municipality that best manages crises and rapid changes such as recession and climate change. We work broadly to create sustainable, climate-smart and safe solutions for everyone, and we are very determined and persistent. Viable Cities helps us to develop the municipality in an innovative and sustainable way," says Mats Gerdau (M), Chairman of the Municipal Board of Nacka Municipality.
- When we grow as fast as we do, we have a responsibility, and high ambitions, to do so in a sustainable way. We get there through cooperation, responsibility and innovations, which the climate contract and the work with Climate Neutral Cities 2030 are good examples of. Our updated Climate City Contract 2023 is based on what we have developed during the year, including our new environment and climate program and energy plan. The contract shows how we will work in concrete terms and will also serve as a platform for cooperation with those government agencies with whom we sign the contract," says Evelina Fahlesson (S), municipal councillor in Skellefteå.
City of Stockholm
- The world's carbon dioxide emissions are increasing to record levels. Action is needed and Swedish cities want to make a difference. Stockholm should be a world leader in reducing its emissions and be a role model for others. Our goal is for Stockholm to be climate positive by 2030. The climate contract creates a basis for municipalities and government agencies to help remove obstacles to the climate transition," says Karin Wanngård (S), Mayor of Finance in Stockholm, Chair of the City Council.
- "Umeå's efforts to reduce its climate emissions can only be achieved together and with support from national actors and the EU. Climate City Contract 2030 clarifies how and in which areas government agencies and Umeå municipality must work together to achieve our joint climate transition," says Hans Lindberg (S), chairman of the municipal executive board in Umeå municipality.
- Achieving climate neutrality by 2030 requires a collective effort, and this is where Viable Cities play a crucial role. We need to be inspired and learn from each other, but also have the courage to take the lead and do that little bit extra that is required to make the transition successful. Together we are shaping a more sustainable future," says Erik Pelling (S), Chairman of the Municipal Board of Uppsala Municipality.
- In Växjö, we have good experience of the positive effects of climate change on society as a whole. The transition to a bio-based energy system benefited local forest owners and contributed to reduced vulnerability and increased economic growth. I am convinced that the transition we need to make in the transport sector will also bring positive effects in the form of increased attractiveness, fewer accidents and better public health. To reach the Climate Contract's goal of climate neutrality by 2030, Växjö is dependent on decisions made by the government, parliament and the EU. "Together with the other 22 municipalities, we can therefore become a force that influences decisions in the right direction so that local climate goals can be achieved," says Malin Lauber (S), Chairman of the Municipal Board of Växjö Municipality.
- With the signing of the Climate Contract, Örebro municipality renews our position that we are in the fight to make our cities sustainable. Our work with energy efficiency improvements, the transition to sustainable travel and transport, and reducing the climate footprint from construction continues," says John Johansson (S), chairman of Örebro's municipal executive board.
- Transition work in Östersund creates added value in the form of increased quality of life, competitiveness and innovation capacity. We get an outlet for our ingenuity and creativity, while mobilizing towards a common goal. Climate City Contract 2030 is of great importance for our transition work. It commits us to making the necessary shifts, even if it is far from easy. The contract is our local roadmap towards a good life for everyone in Östersund", says Niklas Daoson (S), Chairman of the City Council of Östersund.
- A lot is happening in Östersund and we are taking several steps in parallel. In the next step, we will, among other things, accelerate and broaden our regional Transition Arena for the climate. We also need to work more purposefully with building and construction to reduce our emissions. We will implement a new climate strategy and work with citizen dialogue to promote a transition to sustainable passenger transport. Last but not least, we will continue the work to integrate the climate perspective in the budget work in the municipality, says Niklas Daoson (S), chairman of the municipal board in Östersund.
- The transition work in Östersund creates added value in the form of increased quality of life, competitiveness and innovation capacity. We get an outlet for our ingenuity and creativity, while mobilizing towards a common goal", says KSO, Niklas Daoson (S).
- Climate City Contract 2030 is of great importance for our transition work. It commits us to making the necessary shifts, even if it is far from easy. The contract is our local roadmap towards a good life for everyone in Östersund", says KSO Niklas Daoson (S).
- These 23 cities are home to 40% of Sweden's population. This means that a significant part of the Swedish population is leading the way and paving the way for the rest. It speeds up and gives more power to the transition we all face", says KSO, Niklas Daoson (S).
Swedish Energy Agency
- The energy and climate transition requires increased co-creation and gathering around common goals. The Climate Contract is an important instrument that strengthens Sweden's public sector by developing new working methods and capabilities for an accelerated transition. The work is basically about involving, equipping and, through innovations, increasing the ability of local and regional actors to accelerate the green transition," says Robert Andrén, Director General of the Swedish Energy Agency.
- Climate City Contract 2030 helps us government agencies and municipalities to work more together and increase our areas of cooperation. This will enable us to strengthen our mutual ability to accelerate the transition. From Formas' perspective, we see it as very important to develop our working methods to accelerate development together with the municipalities towards more sustainable cities and communities," says Johan Kuylenstierna, Director General of Formas.
- The climate contract plays an important role in the climate transition. Here we identify which municipalities are prepared to take the lead and show the way. The conditions for success in the climate transition have improved in several respects in recent years. The options for action have become more numerous and cheaper, the willingness to invest in the business community is great, and there are more funds to apply for from Klimatklivet," says Björn Risinger, Director General of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
- Climate City Contract 2030 is an agreement and collection of forces for the green transition, for municipalities and national government agencies. But I would say that this agreement is much broader than that! The green transition is not only crucial for the climate, but also for maintaining and strengthening the competitiveness of companies. We at the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth are contributing to the green transition through our coordination of efforts with other state government agencies, regions, municipalities and business actors," says Elisabeth Backteman, Director General of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.
- The Climate Contract 2030 is an agreement and collective effort for the green transition, for municipalities and national agencies. I would say that this agreement is however much broader than that! The green transition is not just crucial for the climate, but also to maintain and strengthen the competitiveness of our companies. We at The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth contribute to the green transition by coordinating efforts with other state agencies, regions, municipalities and business organizations, Elisabeth Backteman, Director General of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth.
- Right now the EU is driving the climate transition in a very positive way. But this must be combined with additional measures at national, regional and local level. The EU does not have all the tools. In the field of transport, cooperation between different actors is particularly important and the Climate Contracts are another area to increase the important cooperation between the Swedish Transport Administration and the municipalities. We develop society together," says Roberto Maiorana, Director General of the Swedish Transport Administration.
- Climate contracts have great potential to contribute to the transition of cities and municipalities to become climate neutral. The initiative on system demonstrators, where Lund Municipality and the City of Stockholm received funding to develop powerful tools for transition, will strengthen the work of all 23 cities Climate City Contract. We will also gain important knowledge from the investment in smart policy development that Vinnova is making together with other government agencies and cities in Climate City Contract 2030. This aims to identify and analyze policy-related obstacles to cities' climate transition, says Darja Isaksson, Director General of Vinnova.