Smart City Sweden demonstrates solutions digitally during Corona

Smart City Sweden demonstrates solutions digitally during Corona

Travel restrictions due to the pandemic have made the visit platform Smart City Sweden work in new ways. From welcoming hundreds of delegations physically, the platform is now completely digital.

More than half of the world's population is living in cities and that number is expected to increase to almost 70 % by 2050. At the same time, the world is facing great environmental challenges and cities are a key to the transition to a sustainable future.

The platform Smart City Sweden works to increase the cooperation between Sweden and other countries in issues connected to sustainable cities. Smart City Sweden, managed by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and coordinated by the Swedish Energy Agency, welcomes delegations from all over the world that are interested in solutions within areas such as urban planning, mobility, cleantech, waste management and sustainability. The goal is to inspire other countries in the shift to a more sustainable society.

Since the start of the project in 2018, the platform has received thousands of visitors from more than 60 countries at the main office in Stockholm and the regional offices around Sweden, where the western node is being run by Business Region Göteborg within the framework of Green Gothenburg.

"Through the work being done by Smart City Sweden we can offer a window to the world for the region's smart, sustainable systems and for companies in western Sweden that are focused on delivering solutions. A preliminary study dealing with smart electricity grids in Germany, a presentation of the West Sweden mobility cluster to French organisations, and collaboration between a company in western Sweden and a company in Eastern Europe are just a few examples from the past year," says Sofia McConnell, BRG project leader for Smart City Sweden West.

Fokus on digital development
In March, a digital Smart City Sweden was launched, and since then hundreds of digital visits and webinars have been held with over 2000 participants in total from all continents. China, the Netherlands and Denmark were some of the top countries in terms of participants. The areas of interest differed from energy-efficiency, transport and waste management to social sustainability and digitalisation.

"We can see that there is still a great interest around Swedish sustainable solutions from international investors. By going digital, Smart City Sweden has managed to continue to develop collaborations even during the pandemic", says Annika Nilsson, responsible administrator at the Swedish Energy Agency.

As part of the current digital investment programme, we have produced a film that presents Swedish solutions for sustainable cities, and Smart City Sweden West has created a virtual tour during which solutions for innovative, energy-efficient buildings can be experienced with or without a VR headset.

In 2021, a virtual experience will be launched for sustainable transport and mobility in Gothenburg, as well as a virtual presentation of the process surrounding the construction of the fossil-free preschool Hoppet. The presentation is the outcome of collaboration between the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Gothenburg.

 

For more information:
Sofia McConnell, Project Leader, Smart City Sweden West, Business Region Göteborg, sofia.mcconell@businessregion.se, tel. +46 31 367 61 44

Katarina Clase, Business Developer, Smart City Sweden West, Business Region Göteborg, katarina.clase@businessregion.se, +46 31 367 61 03 

Annika Nilsson, Project Leader, the Swedish Energy Agency, annika.nilsson@energimyndigheten.se, +4616-544 20 63

 

About Smart City Sweden
Smart City Sweden is a platform that welcomes delegations interested in learning more about Swedish sustainable city solutions and implementing them in their local context. The platform is managed by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and coordinated by the Swedish Energy Agency. Other actors involved in the platform is The Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, Vinnova, The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, The Swedish Transport Administration, The Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority, The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and Business Sweden. The regional offices are managed by North Sweden Cleantech, Dalarna Science Park, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Business Region Göteborg, Cleantech Östergötland and Sustainable Business Hub.