City of Gothenburg

Gothenburg’s mercantile and industrial history has fostered a spirit of cooperation between the city government, the academia and the private sector in the city. Special platforms have been created to stimulate this, such as Johanneberg and Lindholmen Science Park, Business Region Göteborg and The Mistra Centre for Urban Futures. Through cooperation with industry and universities, we and our city owned companies are developing new technologies and methods to reduce our environmental impact. Among many things this has resulted in large investments in our modern district heating system and various biogas projects. Old residential buildings are being renovated into low energy buildings and new buildings are required to live up to tough standards on energy use. Through urban planning, information campaigns and investments in public transport we are moving towards a sustainable transportation system. The aim is to create more densely populated mixed function areas in the city.

We have signed the EU Covenant of Mayors and have committed ourselves to go beyond the objectives of EU energy policy. We have adopted a local environmental objective to reduce our carbon footprint. The aim is that by 2050 the city will have a sustainable and fair level of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The average level of CO2 equivalent emission per person in Gothenburg will have to be reduced from the current level to less than 2t per person for the goal to be reached. We have adopted an interim target which states that by 2020 emission levels of CO2 will be reduced by at least 40 % compared to the levels in 1990. City of Gothenburg is an active member of EUROCITIES and ICLEI and our city owned Energy Company Göteborg Energi is engaged in relevant European organizations like Euro Heat & Power and GEODE.​