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Funded initiatives

We are building momentum by moving from fragmented projects to an ecosystem of efforts all pulling in the same direction. Here we bring together the research and innovation initiatives funded under Viable Cities. 

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  • Preliminary studies in call #13
  • International initiatives
  • Climate Neutral Cities 2030
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City as a Platform

City as a Platform is an innovation initiative that brings together 18 municipalities to explore, test, implement and collaborate on common IoT platforms to support societal benefits in cities. The initiative will also ensure national anchoring and propose a national management model of a minimum framework ...

Viable Cities Portfolio

The initiative is a demonstrator and includes initiatives for smart energy systems, circular resource flows and citizen engagement. By 2035, a socially sustainable and climate-positive district will be built with 4,500 homes and associated schools, preschools, care, services and trade. The initiative is based on ...

Effective energy planning for smart and sustainable cities

The initiative will develop a dynamic visualization tool for more effective urban planning. The tool will provide better decision support by visualizing and communicating the consequences of urban development for the energy system. The tool is developed in consultation with Kiruna municipality where the benefits will be significant...

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The initiative will develop digital solutions that make it possible to analyze energy consumption for both property management and healthcare operations. The aim is to identify and visualize opportunities for better energy use.

The Uppsala Climate Campaign

Klimatkampen Uppsala aims to accelerate the climate transition and facilitate more sustainable choices in everyday life for Uppsala residents. The initiative will engage and inform Uppsala residents in various ways about how they can reduce their climate impact.

Sharing business models

The initiative is part of the Sharing Cities Sweden program. The understanding of the new business models is key to implementing "business model ecologies" in our cities. Therefore, analysis of business model ecologies is being carried out in several European cities. This effort makes it possible to estimate...

Viable Cities Portfolio

Building materials are a major source of climate emissions in our cities. The initiative focuses on new ways to reduce the extraction of new materials and to use materials already present in the urban environment, including through reuse from demolition and redevelopment projects.

Sharing towns

The initiative, which is part of the Sharing Cities Sweden program, aims to reduce energy use and climate impact by developing the sharing economy in smaller cities. By using Karlstad and other smaller cities in a dialog with Karlstad, the initiative will answer the question of...

Viable Cities Portfolio

The initiative will develop methods and models for how public events can accelerate the climate transition in cities. The project brings together Sweden's largest live music festivals, Swedish sports and destinations for joint action with researchers. Since time immemorial, events have brought people together and aroused...

Viable Cities System Demonstrator

The City of Stockholm and its partners will work towards a comprehensive transition of travel habits, land use and vehicle fleet in Stockholm's inner city. This is a step towards an emission-free inner city and a climate-positive Stockholm in 2030. In the system demonstrator, the environmental zone...

Digitally controlled cultivation systems in peri-urban industrial areas

Under the initiative, the City of Stockholm and partners will carry out pilot installations of innovative fruit and vegetable growing systems in the city's industrial areas. These growing systems are expected to provide positive environmental effects and potential for civic engagement as well as new job opportunities for new arrivals.

Viable Cities System Demonstrator

Lokal Kraft aims to drive climate change together with e.g. property owners, associations and citizens of Malmö, based on geographical parts of the city. The goal is to develop partnerships and working methods to maximize the climate effect of local development work, which will be based on...

Mo-Bo III - Mobility and housing as a single service

The initiative aims to change the way we live and travel in everyday life. With a holistic approach to mobility and housing, the initiative will increase resource efficiency through sharing services, digitization and innovative thinking about the form, operation and use of buildings. Smarter investments will enable a new architecture that frees up...

Sharing Cities Sweden

Sharing Cities Sweden is a national program for the sharing economy in cities. The program aims to put Sweden on the map as a country that actively and critically works with the sharing economy in cities. In sharing economy test beds in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and...

Climate-neutral urban logistics

Based in Gothenburg, the initiative will explore how the environmental impact of urban logistics can be minimized with the widespread introduction of autonomous delivery robots.

Sharing communities

The initiative, part of the Sharing Cities Sweden program, aims to explore the social drivers and potential of the sharing economy in communities and cities in Sweden. It will focus on how housing companies can facilitate sharing between tenants and provide space for...

Urban DIGG Infra

This feasibility study aims to explore how the smart city can best support its citizens and connected things in terms of digital infrastructure. How are we connected to services and functions in 2030? What services and business models might exist? Which...

Viable Cities Portfolio

Upplands-Bro has the largest increase in carbon dioxide emissions among Swedish municipalities since the Paris Agreement. To achieve the goals, a concerted effort is needed together with the business community. The preliminary study will conduct economic analyses of climate measures and, in collaboration with the business community, highlight economic opportunities for climate investments, such as...

Viable Cities The Climate Contract in the City

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....

Value creation with open data from the ectogrid™ energy system

The initiative will create conditions for various companies, associations, research and public activities to benefit from open data from the ectogrid™ energy system. By making ectogrid™ data available, digitalization and citizen involvement can contribute to increased energy system optimization, e.g. by balancing energy types and loads.

Climate neutral Enköping 2030

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. To test dialogue effects and anchoring patterns among citizens, grouped qualitative digital surveys are conducted....

Climate neutral Järfälla 2030

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.

Viable Cities Portfolio

The feasibility study will develop scalable processes and frameworks and produce a basis for decisions on climate investments to increase Eskilstuna's and Helsingborg's opportunities to achieve their climate goals. The methodology can be used by other cities. "The city's journey" refers to the seven parts ...

Sharing platforms

The initiative is part of the Sharing Cities Sweden program. The purpose of this initiative is to investigate whether digital sharing platforms based on a more user-centered sharing philosophy can solve the problems of the previous platforms, which tended to be more resource-centered.

Viable Cities Portfolio

The initiative will explore how social and climate impacts can be measured and calculated in sustainable bond solutions, thereby helping to mobilize capital. The market for sustainable investments is growing. The aim is to open up investments in new models and solutions...

Thriving North

In 2022, Viable Cities has been responsible for a government commission "Support for innovation work in sustainable urban and community development in Norrbotten and Västerbotten" with the working name Thriving North. In the assignment, six municipalities (Kiruna, Gällivare, Boden, Luleå, Skellefteå and Umeå) were identified as well as...

Viable Cities The Climate Contract in the City

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 carbon budget with three perspectives, systems thinking for energy communities, citizen dialogues and digitalization are important pillars....

Climate-neutral Stockholm 2030

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 established as the engine of the transition work. A digital decision support with simulation ...

Sustainability becomes standard

The initiative aims to capture innovative solutions from pilot projects in several municipalities. This is to accelerate climate-neutral urban development by enabling new solutions with great potential to become standard in new and existing areas more quickly.

Sharing behavior

The initiative is part of the Sharing Cities Sweden program. Many sharing economy initiatives launched around the world have not succeeded as expected. Lack of knowledge about the underlying causes of (non) adoption, scaling and mainstreaming among users are the main reasons. The initiative aims...

Viable Cities Portfolio

E-Laas proposes a new and operational energy-based approach to design multimodal urban logistics systems. In E-Laas, urban delivery systems are compared with their energy use including micro-platforms and new ways to combine charging, automation and freight parking. This makes it possible to relate logistics...

Digital tomatoes

The initiative involves developing models for recycling waste heat from data centers for urban food production and soil cultivation in dense urban environments. The goal is to construct a first facility in Gothenburg with greenhouses tightly integrated with the data center, powered by waste heat and...

Accelerate - capacity for transformative innovation

To achieve the sustainability goals of the UN's Agenda 2030 initiative, municipalities must make their cities sustainable. Promoting innovation and new ways of working together can build a culture of experimentation that enables large-scale systemic change. The Accelerate project, by developing a...

Viable Cities Portfolio

Achieving climate goals requires digital solutions, but with digitalization, the vulnerability of cities to cyberattacks is increasing. To prevent cyber attacks, vulnerabilities need to be identified. This is very difficult and requires an understanding of the city-wide system architecture and significant...

Viable Cities System Demonstrator

In one of Sweden's most densely populated areas with heavy traffic, Lund, together with a number of stakeholders, will create a mobility system with reduced emissions while maintaining accessibility. The mobility system will also be linked to a local climate-neutral energy system in the area where energy...

Strategic initiatives 2018-2019

City as a Platform is an innovation initiative that brings together 18 municipalities to explore, test, implement and collaborate on common IoT platforms to support societal benefits in cities. The initiative will also ensure national anchoring and propose a national management model of a minimum framework ...

Mo-Bo - Architecture for sustainable mobility

Mo-Bo is a housing concept with mobility services that solve residents' transportation needs in a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable way. The sharing economy and mobility services are paving the way for innovative architecture where more people and goods can be transported by fewer vehicles, which means smarter...

Climate neutral Lund 2030

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 of the...

Viable Cities Portfolio

The initiative develops models for common digital infrastructure for resource flows that connect urban farming, real estate and district heating networks. This is the basis for small-scale urban food production that is climate-smart, efficient and profitable in industrial areas.