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Climate neutral Gothenburg 2030

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Past experience and studies show that it is not technical solutions that are missing for climate change, but transformative ability and capacity for new systemic 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. Through an iterative process that moves between knowledge acquisition, synthesis and testing, the project will increase the understanding and capacity for how to proactively drive a transition of a complex and advanced society, while increasing employment, strengthening high-tech development and ensuring relevant interaction with citizens. More concretely, the project will work on developing a climate transition function, a citizen lab and a knowledge support dialog.

Project manager: Karin Bjerner

Total budget: SEK 10 000 000

Grant applied for: SEK 4 999 281

Start date: 2021-10-01

End date: 2024-09-30

Partners: City of Göteborg, Business Region Göteborg, Göteborg Energi AB, Digidem Lab, Lindholmen Science Park, Urban Futures, CIIST

Climate neutral Gothenburg wave 1

In order to meet major societal challenges such as the climate issue, the pace of change and the ability of cities to develop solutions for tomorrow's problems need to increase. It is not technical solutions that are missing to achieve climate change, but transformative ability and institutional capacity in cities for the new system solutions. 

Mobility in the city continues to have a significant climate impact, while ongoing extensive urban development in Gothenburg provides good opportunities for change. Through a concrete innovation case, proposals are developed on how an adaptable political governance of a city, which works in line with the outside world over time, can look like. 

In the initiative, we intend to analyze how Gothenburg's digital twin, Virtual Gothenburg, can be developed so that more climate-related and behavioral data is used in the model. We also intend to test whether Virtual Gothenburg can act as a catalyst in the transition work and thus contribute to greater impact in stakeholder collaboration and increased quality in interaction with citizens.

Project manager: Henriette Söderberg

Partners: City of Gothenburg (Environmental Administration, Traffic Office, City Planning Office, Social Resource Administration, Consumer and Citizen Service, City Management Office), Business Region Göteborg, Parkeringsbolaget Göteborgs stad, Göteborgsregionens kommunalförbund, IVL, RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Gothenburg University School of Business, Economics and Law, Visual Arena Göteborg and Lindholmen Science Park.

Total budget: SEK 8 339 722

Grant applied for: SEK 3 322 848

Start date: 2019-10-01

End date: 2021-09-30

Keywords: innovation, governance, transition, climate, virtual, lifestyle, policy

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Gothenburg is part of the NetZeroCities 112 Mission Cities, selected since 2022 to pioneer the EU Cities Mission. 

Since 2022, Gothenburg is part of the first cohort of pilot cities from twenty-one EU Member States and Horizon 2020 associated countries, selected to launch unprecedented climate action, through the NetZeroCities Pilot Cities program.

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