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New ways to reduce emissions

15 initiatives to explore how to speed up the transition.

Citizen engagement, climate investments and regional collaboration have a big impact on reducing emissions, but it needs to be faster. Now 15 initiatives across Sweden are receiving funding to explore how this can be done in a shorter timeframe.

In Sweden and in Europe, there is a strong mobilization to transition to climate-neutral and sustainable cities by 2030. This is part of the mission-driven work that Viable Cities has initiated and run for several years. This initiative provides funding to pre-study , which explores how we can give even more power to the urban transition, and create better capacity for many more cities to accelerate the transition.

- "We all know that we need to find even faster ways to move forward in the climate transition," said Olga Kordas, Director of the Viable Cities Program. " the pre-studies will provide us with new insights to help cities accelerate the pace and improve the quality of life for citizens while reducing emissions.

A total of 15 initiatives have now received funding in three different areas: civic engagement, climate investments and regional cooperation.

Climate investment plans are a key tool in the local transition journey. During the work done in Viable Cities so far to develop new ways of investing and redirecting financial flows for climate transition, new questions have emerged. Several of the initiatives that are now receiving funding will explore how the work on climate investment plans can be improved.

Linköping, for example, will use environmental commuting analyses to map the climate impact of the municipality's purchases to increase knowledge of consumption-based emissions and develop procurement work.

In Kalmar, climate investment plans and regional mobilization will be explored from the perspective of the conversion of Million Programme areas. The property stocks from the 60s and 70s often have extensive renovation needs and social exclusion. Investment decisions will have a large climate impact - positive or negative - depending on the choices made. What synergies exist between climate-smart solutions and the attractiveness of an area?

The municipality of Östersund will explore the conflicts that climate change can cause when it comes to mobility in rural and urban areas. The solutions are often dependent on many interacting actors. The municipality of Östersund will develop a method for citizen dialogue that includes parameters such as demographics, sparsity, educational background, functional ability and socio-economic conditions, etc. and test it in various initiatives.

Three themes

the pre-studies is implemented in the following thematic areas:

  • Citizen engagement/participation. New methods of citizen engagement/participation that can help accelerate the climate transition.
  • Climate Investments. New ways of working with climate investments linked to accelerating the transition.
  • Regional mobilization. New ways to mobilize more broadly regionally for a faster climate transition with groups that include both municipalities and other actors.

Read more about call #13 here.

For more information, please contact

Anna-Lena Ekenryd, Strategic Communicator
073 346 84 36,

Here are all pre-study that receive funding

  • All initiatives
  • Borås
  • Borlänge
  • Enköping
  • Eskilstuna
  • Gävle
  • Gothenburg
  • Helsingborg
  • Järfälla
  • squid
  • Karlstad
  • Climate investment plans
  • Kristianstad
  • Linköping
  • Lund
  • Malmö
  • Mariestad
  • Citizens' Dialogue
  • Nacka
  • Örebro
  • Östersund
  • Regional mobilization
  • Skellefteå
  • Stockholm
  • Umeå
  • Uppsala
  • Växjö
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