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What are the 10 ways for a greener future in Sweden?

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  1. Electric buses

Sweden is eagerly increasing the emission-free electric buses across different cities. The public transport is using the renewable electric power sources so that the air quality can be improved, noise reduction for city’s inhabitants and even the negative environmental impact is reduced.

In 2015, Gothenburg was the first city with an electrified bus route leading the 150 new electric buses by 2021 in the city. The other cities are also gearing up to launch their electric buses and planning to roll out on a full scale.

2. World’s tallest wooden building

One of the innovative approaches of using timber wood to make an extraordinarily new tall building made the carving stone for other high-rises to follow the same pattern.

In the northern city, Skellefteå, a new building known as Sara Cultural Centre, made of timber wood with a height of 80m, is an inspiration for other architectures.

The iconic structure, a symbol constructed with renewable and recyclable resources, resulted in a smaller carbon footprint due to the local use of resources.

The new concept encouraged other high-rises also to be built in wood to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

3. Urban farming

Mostly the consumed vegetables in Sweden are imported.  However, Urban farming is bringing a new change among the consumers, letting it be closer to the farmers.

In 1921, one of the oldest associations of allotment gardens was founded as Koloniträdgårdsförbundet. The focus is more on sustainable food consumption practices.

The community members get easy access to urban farming land all over the country. The movement led to an increase the biodiversity.

Another innovative approach was found by the Grönska (‘greenery’), a food tech start-up in Stockholm, based on Vertical farming is focused on growing herbs and vegetables indoors.

The plants are stacked high on shelves with an all-year production. Another important fact is the use of less water and less land that brings the food closer to the consumers.

4. Food banks

In Sweden, around 1.3 million tonnes of food are wasted per year. In order, to combat wastage, redistribution has become a way to help reduce food waste. One of the ways for food donations for the people who are in need.

Stadsmissioner, Sweden’s city mission charities, got several such food banks across various parts of the country. In Stockholm, the city mission runs Matmissionen, to sell foods at a reduced price.

In Gothenburg, Solidarity Fridge, a grassroots initiative, running on volunteers ‘Food savers’ gathers food donations to redistribute it to a network of city fridges, letting the people collect the food for free.

5. Bring buzz in the city

Sweden is becoming a Bee urban land for Beekeeping. Companies like Bee Urban offers municipalities, companies, and individuals to adopt beehives. The initiative is for the ecosystem and biodiversity within the urban environment.

The motto is to increase pollination and also combat the extinction threat due to climate change. Implementation of Bee-friendly zones and beehives in urban gardens and on rooftops is also a modern culture.

Svenska Bin, is also one of the new organizations, focused on spreading knowledge and awareness on the beehives and the importance of bees in our cities.

6. Smart sharing and caring

Sharing and caring have become a major theme in Sege Park in the southern city of Malmö. The concept offers affordable houses in the local sharing economy. The idea is for residents to share goods and services so that they own less but have more access.

The concept provides bicycle parking, a bicycle kitchen to fix their bikes, and mobility pools for residents to rent cars and bikes from shared pools.

The vision relies on using renewable energy sources and creates a district free from carbon dioxide emissions. The project is certified within CEEQUAL, an international evidence-based sustainability assessment system.

7. Can recycling

Around 84% of the used plastic drink bottles and aluminum cans are recycled in Sweden. Whoever buys a plastic bottle or can pay a minor deposit, that the consumer gets back once the bottle and the cans are recycled.

The target is to achieve 90% recycling. The recycling system or the machines are identified by the Sweden Government.

8. Smart roads for charging

Gotland, a Swedish island, opened the world’s first wireless electric roads. Here you can charge your vehicle while on the drive. The road is a short stretch between an airport and the city center.

The concept is similar to a technology that uses electromagnetic fields. The power is transmitted to the electric vehicle through induction. It works on the concept of charging an electric toothbrush.

One of Sweden’s climate goals is the reduction of emissions from domestic transport by at least 70%. The plan has been routed via electrification of the busiest roads.

9. Solar power hydrogen filling station

World’s first off-grid solar-powered hydrogen-producing and filling station opened to the general public in the Swedish town. It is powered by 100 % solar energy from a nearby solar cell park.

It is used to produce emission-free gas as a backup power solution for the electricity grid throughout the day.

Solar-powered fuel can be used in cars, lorries, trains, and even airplanes in the future.

The idea is to mitigate the need for any expensive lithium batteries with competitive hydrogen fossil-free source of fuel for transportation in electric vehicles.

10. Waste in district heating

To combat the harsh winter climate that surrounds the countries more than half a year needs extensive use of heaters for all daily purposes. The focus is on climate-smart waste-to-energy solutions using local resources such as burnt rubbish or captured excess heat from industrial production or data centers to heat the water.

It recycles around 93% of all energy in the system either recycling or from renewable resources. District heating is most common in Sweden with environmental advantages, such as saving costs and lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

In my opinion, each way is focused on involving the general public with their day-to-day work in such environmentally friendly ways.

Source:- Sweden- 10 ways to greener future

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