Climate City Contract

On the 11th of December 2020 the four Swedish government authorities, Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten), Swedish Innovation Agency (Vinnova), Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (Formas) and Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) joined forces to take an active part in urban transformation. 

Together with the nine Swedish cities Enköping, Göteborg, Järfälla, Lund, Malmö, Stockholm, Umeå, Uppsala and Växjö and the strategic innovationsprogram Viable Cities, the authorities signed Europes first Climate City Contract.

Radical system transformation is needed to create climate-neutral cities and communities and to achieve the UN Global Sustainability Goal. Klimatkontrakt 2030 is a new instrument to increase the pace of climate transition in cities within the framework of Agenda 2030.

Why a Climate City Contract?

The contract states the intention of the signing authorities and cities to raise the ambition in sustainable urban development and gives Sweden and Swedish cities good opportunities to be international forerunner on urban climate transition.

The contract enables investments in climate an sustainability actions in each city through better coordination of regulatory changes, innovation and financial support and facilitation at the national level.

What will the authorities do?

The authorities support the mission-driven work aiming at climate-neutral cities by 2030 and provide a framework for collaboration through the strategic innovation program Viable Cities.

The authorities intend to collaborate on the following development in 2021 to support the municipalities' climate change:

  • Coordination of lessons learned and regulations
  • Research, Innovation and Development
  • Coordinated financing
  • Work on the European Investment Program for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe

European Viable Cities Day 2020, YouTube