Ecological sustainability

Stockholm has come far in its work for environment and climate, and the City´s ambition is to be an international role model in this important area. Therefore, the City´s own operations are aiming to be at the forefront, to lead the way to a climate smart and sustainable city.

The City´s ambitions for the future are high. We aim to be world-leading in realizing the goals of the Paris-agreement, and in working with the UN global goals for sustainable development, the 2030 Agenda. Our goals are high in the fields of

  • air quality
  • noise pollution
  • biodiversity
  • a non-toxic environment.

We shall be a fossil free Stockholm without greenhouse gas emissions.

As a recognition for a job well done, the City of Stockholm was, in 2010, the first city to receive the European Green Capital Award. The European Union awarded The City of Stockholm for its successful long term work for the environment and climate.

The Paris agreement

In 2015 the countries of the world made a new climate agreement, the Paris agreement, which is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It went into effect in 2016, and by 2020 the participating countries submitted their nationally determined contributions. It aims to keep global warming well below 2 degrees C, and if possible to 1.5 degrees C.

The City of Stockholm plays an important part

As a large organization with many operations, the City of Stockholm plays an important part. All of our operations shall live up to several different environmental goals. Among many areas, this is true when we work with:

  • purchasing and procurement
  • financing
  • transports
  • energy consumption
  • new developments and renovations of housing, swimming pools, and other estates in Stockholm.

The City shall also make it easier for you as Stockholmers to reduce your effect on the climate and the environment. Our services shall make it easy for you to make climate smart choices in your everyday lives such as:

  • having a Recycling facility in your vicinity
  • leaving hazardous waste to a Toxic waste recycling facility
  • sorting out food waste
  • finding good bicycle paths and walkway
  • having vehicle charging stations near by
  • offering chemical free pre-schools
  • finding support for making sustainable choices in everyday life.

The Stockholm Environment- and Climate Pact – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The City drives the Environment- and Climate Pact together with businesses and organizations – a joint cooperation to reduce negative climate impact. Today the Climate Pact has 300 members from all over the Stockholm region.