Malmö, Sweden
Zhang Ruiqi   Apr 30.2016


The City of Malmö:The City of Malmö have recently been awarded: Campaign for Take-off Award, 2000, the Grand Prize for best European initiative on renewable energy in cities and Nations in Bloom, 2001, International Award for Live-able Communities.

Reason to Be Selected

After the recession nearly wiped out Malmö's industrial base in the 1980s, the city had a chance to start over. It created eco-friendly neighborhoods of transformed tenements and old shipyards. Much of Western Harbour now runs solely on renewable energy, including wind and solar, while organic waste from the area is turned into biogas. In Augustenborg and Sorgenfri, roof gardens reduce runoff and insulate homes, while a carpool system with special lanes for pedestrians and cyclists help cut vehicle use. Using a holistic approach to its greening, the city is investing in centres of learning on urban sustainability, such as the Institute for Sustainable Urban Development. Only too aware that buildings consume almost half the world's energy and spew out nearly a third of greenhouse gases, Malmö plans to reduce its CO2 emissions by 25% between 2008 and 2012, well above the Kyoto Protocol's target of 5%. Malmö says that making its infrastructure greener is the quickest and easiest way to avoid a climate catastrophe. Malmö today is a leading signatory to the European Union's Covenant of Mayors on greenhouse reductions. Here they burn household waste to generate heat and electricity. By going off-grid they don't lose energy in transmission. It aims to become more and more of a greener eco-city.


Description of the initiative of project
Malmö's Western HarbourMalmö is a city familiar with transition and prides itself on its heritage and its future. Until recent history, the city built its reputation around a heavy industrial core with large-scale manufacturing facilities in its Western Harbour (WH). WH has become an urbanised district focused on energy and environment, mixed-use urban planning and architectural diversification integrated within the larger city centre.


The transformation of Ekostaden Augustenborg is a living process, and thus while many important initiatives are implemented; new ideas are underway. One of the most recent focuses in Augustenborg is related to local climate adaptation (as Malmö is anticipated to have an increase in rainfall) as well as the production of urban and organic agriculture. Some resident programmes include: the development of Augustenborg's open-storm water system; the Community Carpool; active engagement in recycling and composting as well as energy metering; and Café Summer which functions both as a café and a meeting place for residents to exchange, interact and share ideas.

Together they deals with the issues in the Habitat agenda and the national objectives and challenges regarding:

•Ecologically sustainable housing areas
•Sound indoor environment and availability for people with special needs
•Improved quality of life in exposed housing areas
•Integration of citizens with a foreign origin
•Sustainable land use
•Local Agenda 21 and local democracy




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