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Climate neutral Karlstad 2030

Karlstad Municipality has the goal of being fossil-free and climate-smart and is one of the few municipalities that includes both geographical and consumption-based emissions in this ambition. Climate work must permeate the entire municipality and it must be easy for residents and companies to make climate-smart choices. 

The initiative builds on an ambitious environmental work at the forefront and accelerates this work and strengthens Karlstad as a role model in the region, Sweden and internationally. The challenge areas of sustainable mobility and circular consumption are in focus and cover efforts in 1) governance and financing, 2) coordination and co-creation, 3) innovation and service development, 4) behavior and communication. 

The initiative brings together a broad constellation of actors with clear roles of responsibility. Climate-neutral Karlstad 2030 aims, among other things, to achieve the impact goal that greenhouse gas emissions in Karlstad in 2025 will be less than 1.7 tons per person and year and turn the climate challenge into an opportunity for a better life for everyone.

Project manager: Charlotte Wedberg

Total budget: SEK 10 000 000

Grant requested: SEK 5 000 000

Start date: 2021-10-01

End date: 2024-09-30 

Partners: Municipality of Karlstad, Karlstad innovation park, Region Värmland, Karlstad University, Centrum Karlstad, Naturskyddsföreningen i Värmland, Fastighetsägarna, Agenda 2030 Protokoll, Nätverket Värmlands idéburna.

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