EUROCITIES on COP 21 – Stockholm Royal Seaport

  • environment
  • knowledge society
  • mobility

Stockholm’s ‘Royal Seaport’ development in converting former industrial brownfield land into a ‘climate positive’ living, working and social space by 2030.

The project began in 2010 and once finished is expected to comprise 10,000 new homes, 30,000 office spaces, 600,000m2 of commercial space, and a modern port for passenger and cruise ships.

Creating a ‘climate positive’ development means reducing greenhouse gas emissions to below zero. The city owns the land and is working together with academia and industry to devise measures that will help it achieve this goal. They include the implementation of a smart grid system to include large scale electric vehicle infrastructure, and buildings that have been ‘activated’ to be more energy efficient. There will also be a focus on reducing emissions from the harbour, and increasing the share of renewable energy in the district.

Three telecommunications and technology companies are working together on a plan to deliver everyday services in a more energy efficient way. This includes teleworking, virtual meetings, electronic and mobile health and remote education.

While the development’s focus is on environmental sustainability, the city is using this as an opportunity to promote cultural activities and improve social cohesion. It will provide a mix of tenant-owned, rented and student flats to promote a diverse community, and the port as well as new cultural and commercial developments will create new jobs.

Find out more about Stockholm Royal Seaport in our ‘cities in action’ case study, available here.

This project is part of a series we are promoting in order to give visibility to urban solutions as part of a global climate deal expected to be reached at COP 21 in Paris.