Sustainable efforts

Stockholm is growing like never before and sometimes faces challenges of both keeping and developing its unique city character. One of our main priorities is to make sure that Stockholm remains a sustainable city, while offering an attractive and inspiring living and working environment.

The City of Stockholm’s Environmental Program for 2012-2015 is based on the vision of Stockholm as an attractive and growing city, where the needs of people and nature complement each other in an environment characterized by functionality, quality and biological diversity.

Main goals

The Environment Program focuses on six key priorities:

  1. Environmentally efficient transport
  2. Goods and buildings free of dangerous substances
  3. Sustainable energy use
  4. Sustainable use of land and water
  5. Waste treatment with minimal environmental impact
  6. A healthy indoor environment

Other priorities of the Environment Programme are: encouraging cycling and walking, reducing noise levels, increasing the amount of ecological food products purchased by the city by at least 25 percent, reducing greenhouse gas emissions to less than 3 tons per Stockholmer, and reducing incorrectly recycled waste.


The City Executive Office, Strategic Urban Development Unit Ragnar Östbergs Plan 1SE-105 35 Stockolm, Sweden. Phone:+46 8 508 29 000

OECD cooperation

Stockholm is part of the OECD's Green Cities Programme for green growth. The Green Cities Programme offers selected cities to participate through case studies, which form the basis for an analytical OECD Flagship report. In addition to Stockholm the cities of Paris, Chicago and Kitakyushu (Japan) also participate in the programme.

The Green Cities Programme assesses how urban green growth and environmental policies can improve economic performance and environmental quality in cities. The aim is to increase the cities' contribution to national growth, quality of life and competitiveness.

A green economy leader

London School of Economic's report Stockholm - Green Economy Leader, produced in partnership with the City of Stockholm, shows that Stockholm took early action to build a green economy – unlike most cities, environmental policies have been important to Stockholm for over 40 years. At the same time, early infrastructure investment such as building the city’s metro system in the 1950s, and development of district heating following the 1970s oil shocks has helped to build today’s lower carbon economy.

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