A Challenge from Sweden

A Challenge from Sweden is an initiative by the Swedish Energy Agency promoting challenge-driven innovation in public and private organisations.

A Challenge from Sweden is an initiative by the Swedish Energy Agency promoting challenge-driven innovation in public and private organisations. The aim is to accelerate the shift towards a zero-carbon growth economy and reach the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Through a series of competitions, events and other initiatives, A Challenge from Sweden encourages collaboration in innovation procurement, testing and implementation and provides innovators and entrepreneurs with access to investors and opportunities to commercialise sustainable solutions. The key goals are fossil-free transportation and 100% renewable energy.

A Challenge from Sweden is a long-term initiative where the focus of the underlying projects varies over time. Two examples of projects include Intelligent Energy Management and Sustainable Mobility Challenge.

Intelligent Energy Management was launched to help buyers implement intelligent energy system solutions for buildings producing solar electricity. An innovation contest led to four companies from three countries getting the opportunity to test the solutions in three Swedish cities.Sustainable Mobility Challenge was launched to meet the Swedish goal of a fossil-free transport sector at the latest by 2045 and invites suppliers to contribute with innovative and profitable solutions that drive change in the field of sustainable mobility. This challenge envisions a future where clean, affordable and convenient transportation is easily accessible with a reduced need for personal vehicle ownership.

All actors involved in different A Challenge from Sweden projects will be invited to the international network. The long-term goal is to become a leading collaborative network for fossil-free transportation and renewable energy, helping members to drastically reduce carbon emissions. The network today consists of local governments, property owners, companies and other stakeholders active in the projects mentioned above. Most of the current network members are Swedish, but the number of international members is expected to grow substantially. The Swedish Energy Agency puts heavy emphasis on international growth by establishing new international collaborations, for example with UN-Habitat.