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Climate Neutral Umeå 2030 is part of Viable Cities' initiative Climate Neutral Cities 2030. Here you will find the latest news about Umeå municipality.

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How do we accelerate the contribution of higher education institutions to the climate transition?

Many higher education institutions are already actively contributing to climate transition of cities, but an acceleration is needed! This applies not least to working with students as agents of change as part of both education and research. Here the cities can contribute with relevant questions, recommendations and test environments. How is your institution doing? Use the checklist!
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Three of the Viable Cities Climate Neutral Cities 2030 are part of the NetZeroCities Pilot Cities Program.

Among the first group of 53 cities from twenty-one countries selected to initiate climate action through the NetZeroCities Pilot Cities Programme are three of the Viable Cities Climate Neutral Cities 2030. Working individually and together, these cities will implement systemic and locally tailored innovative actions spanning multiple areas. The 53 cities have been selected from a wide range of over 100 applications.
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Viable Cities System Demonstrator

Developing and testing new innovation methods for complex societal challenges

The development of so-called system demonstrators is a way to enable system innovation with great power and mobilization to meet complex societal challenges. With system demonstrators, Vinnova and Viable Cities want to test and demonstrate the transformation of a system in a real environment, where space is created for experiments and where areas with great potential can be scaled up. Six projects have been granted funding for a design phase.
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Climate breakfast in general

Climate Breakfast 23: Seven Swedish cities in the EU Cities Mission - what does it mean?

Gävle, Gothenburg, Helsingborg, Lund, Malmö, Stockholm and Umeå. It is now clear which Swedish municipalities will now be part of the EU's mission for climate-neutral cities in 2030 - Cities Mission. A total of 100 cities across Europe have been selected. But what does this mean for the cities that joined? And how can it contribute to the climate transition in all Swedish cities?
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Seven Swedish municipalities in the EU's major initiative for 100 climate-neutral cities by 2030

Gävle, Gothenburg, Helsingborg, Lund, Malmö, Stockholm and Umeå. These are the Swedish municipalities that are now part of the EU's mission for climate-neutral cities in 2030 - Cities Mission. A total of 100 cities have been selected out of 377 applicants. And seven of them are Swedish cities.

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Vinnova and Viable Cities in design phase for system demonstrators

Achieving the mission of climate-neutral cities by 2030 requires a transformation of the entire social system. We need to work in completely new ways and find solutions that include all dimensions that affect our lives: from regulatory frameworks and business models to the behavior of all citizens.
Vinnova, Viable Cities and several cities are now developing a new tool to achieve this - system demonstrators. Anna Gemzell from Umeå Municipality believes the tool can make a difference.

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European Viable Cities Day 2021

Climate City Contract 2030 is revised every year, evolving and sharpening every year to accelerate the transition to climate-neutral, sustainable cities. The first version was signed in December 2020 by nine cities, four government agencies and the Viable Cities program. On 8 December...

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Swedish cities and government agencies inspire climate change in Europe

23 cities and five government agencies are now working with Climate City Contract 2030 as a tool to achieve the mission - climate neutral and sustainable cities by 2030. During the European Viable Cities Day 2021, the work was manifested with a signing ceremony. European guests and representatives from all 23 cities and five government agencies shared how we can accelerate the climate transition together.
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On the blog: Coordinator gives boost to circular economy

The transition to a circular economy is an important piece of the puzzle in the work for climate-neutral and sustainable cities. Umeå municipality was the only Swedish municipality to participate in the OECD circular economy program and has signed the European Circular Cities Declaration. On the blog, Liv Öberg, project manager for the circular economy in Umeå, shares her thoughts on her work.

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Climate breakfast 12: Circular economy for climate-neutral cities

The last climate breakfast of the season was about circular economy. We were hosted by Liv Öberg, project manager in Umeå municipality. Umeå was the only Swedish municipality included in the OECD program for circular economy and has signed the European Circular Cities Declaration. She was joined by Stina Behrens, Barkarby Science, who drives innovation for sustainable urban development in Järfälla together with the municipality and other stakeholders.
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Climate Breakfast 11: How internationalization can speed up the climate transition in cities

To achieve the radical societal changes that the climate transition requires, we need to cooperate and learn from each other, both within the country and internationally. Climate Breakfast 11 was hosted by Nina Rismalm, North Sweden Cleantech; Östen Ekengren, Smart City Sweden, and Philip Näslund, Umeå Municipality.

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On the blog: Viable Business Hub - a collaboration for sustainable industry in Umeå and northern Sweden

Industry and business have a very important role in the transition to the climate-neutral and sustainable cities and communities of the future. In the Viable Business Hub, several major industries in Umeå and the surrounding area, together with various social actors, have been gathering for a year to develop the sustainable industrial environments of the future.

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Europe's first Climate City Contract signed in Sweden today

Today, December 11, 2020, is a big day for the climate transition in cities. The first climate contracts in Europe have now been signed by the political leadership of nine Swedish cities as well as by the Directors-General of four government agencies and Viable Cities. "Swedish cities are now taking the lead in Europe," says Allan Larsson, Chairman of the Board of Viable Cities.

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Climate Breakfast 5: Innovation leadership for climate neutral and sustainable cities

How do you work long-term and systematically with innovation? Vinnova and Viable Cities are now launching a project to develop skills, methods and tools for innovation management for climate-neutral and sustainable cities. Climate Breakfast 5 was hosted by Glenn Gran from Vinnova, Lisa Olsson, City of Helsingborg and Ellen Grahn, Umeå Municipality.

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Meet Viable Cities in Almedalen

Can digitalization help growing Swedish cities take the lead in becoming climate neutral? Monday 2/7 at 16.00 - 17.00 Teaterskeppet (Lilla Matsalen), Visby hamn, Visby Digitalization is a powerful enabler of innovation. Things like artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and the sharing economy are opening...

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General Assembly 2018

Documentation from member meeting and workshop for the call for proposals April 16, 2018 - Viable Cities' first member meeting and workshop for the call for proposals Viable Cities has had its first member meeting on April 16. During the meeting, the board that has so far served as an interim board for...

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Sharing Cities new website

Sharing Cities is a national program for the sharing economy in cities, which is linked to Viable Cities and is funded by Vinnova, Formas and the Swedish Energy Agency. Through testbeds, the program will develop and evaluate sharing services and digital solutions The program operates in Gothenburg, Stockholm, Malmö and...

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Viable Cities in Almedalen

At a seminar during the Almedalen week, the strategic innovation program Smart Sustainable Cities launched its new name: ViableCities.During the autumn, information and graphics will be updated, and soon www.viablecities.com will be where you will find all the news about the program.The seminar at Almedalen was filled to the brim with...

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