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Climate neutral Umeå 2030

Climate neutral Umeå wave 2

The Climate-neutral Umeå 2030 initiative will, through broad collaboration, create a transition function that contributes to transition capacity in the formation of a climate-neutral society, characterized by high well-being for all and sustainable growth. In this way, the implementation of Climate City Contract 2030 and the Umeå Climate Roadmap is made possible through innovative, organizational development with all societal actors in Umeå.

A process for annual revision of Climate City Contract 2030 is developed, including new forms of evaluation and knowledge support, development of a common digital framework and an annual local climate summit. In addition, a cross-sectoral transition function will be established, including the development of a citizen- and civil society-driven platform, a clear structure for the business sector's climate transition and demand-driven innovation teams.

Furthermore, a joint project portfolio is established, where methods, concrete climate initiatives and investment plans are developed and implemented.

Project manager: Annika Myrén

Total budget: SEK 10 000 000

Grant requested: SEK 5 000 000

Start date: 2021-10-01

End date: 2024-09-30

Partners: Umeå municipality, Umeå University, Umeå Energi, Rise, SLU Coompanion

Climate neutral Umeå wave 1

The purpose of the initiative is to jointly form a roadmap towards a carbon neutral Umeå 2030 in broad collaboration, and to analyze and identify the conditions and measures that must be developed and implemented to succeed in the transition. 

The roadmap will start from a consumption perspective on the city's climate impact to capture emissions within and beyond our geographical boundary, digitalization and citizen engagement are enablers to realize the vision of the carbon neutral city. This project addresses the following three focus areas 

  1. Lifestyle and consumption; 
  2. Mobility and accessibility; 
  3. Planning and the built environment. 

At the heart of the roadmap work is an agile innovation team with cross-sectoral skills and freedom of movement as different compositions will be needed depending on the focus area and work package. 

The work and results of the innovation team will go into the planning of new neighborhoods with the goal of becoming international role models. Digitalization and citizen engagement are key issues throughout the project and are ensured through an early citizen dialogue and an innovation team with extensive knowledge in areas such as digitalization.

Project manager: Annika Myrèn

Partners: Umeå municipality, Umeå Energi, Umeå University, eXpression, BioFuel Region, Nätverket för hållbart byggande och förvaltande and Swedavia.

Total budget: SEK 8 000 000

Grant requested: SEK 4 000 000

Start date: 2019-09-01

End date: 2021-08-31

Keywords: carbon neutrality, mobility, consumption, energy, circular economy, innovation.

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

Since 2022, Umeå 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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