Malmö - Green city

With more than 600,000 inhabitants in the greater metropolitan area, Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city. The city is undergoing a major transformation – it was once a declining industrial centre with numerous brownfield sites, but now it's turning into a dynamic, Green and industrially efficient city.

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Key Facts

Population: 600,000
Green leader: Karolina Skog, leader of the Green faction in Malmö's Red/Green government (Miljöpartiet de gröna
Key Climate Target: Climate neutral city by 2020

Many award-winning projects to redevelop brownfields are under way, and the city has a comprehensive plan to treat soil contamination, an active strategy to ensure a high percentage of surfaces remain unsealed, and measures to prevent further urban sprawl.

The redevelopment of these neighbourhoods combines urban planning, energy-efficient buildings (the eco-city quarter “Bo01″ is Sweden’s first climate neutral district), transport facilities, economic growth, access to green and blue areas, waste management, and making neighbourhoods more resilient to climate change.

Malmö aims to make all city activities climate neutral by 2020, and has a plan to ensure that the whole city runs on renewable energy by 2030. The city is reducing greenhouse gas emissions by placing great emphasis on energy efficiency, reducing consumption, and investing in renewable energy.

Today, around 30% of all electricity is produced using renewable sources. These include photovoltaic installations throughout the city and Sweden’s largest offshore wind farm situated 10 km off the coast. Substantial investments have been made to increase the share of renewable energy for the future. The construction of one of the world’s largest bio-gas plant is one example.

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