Model – Sweden in the spotlight – Hammarby SjÃ¶stad district, Stockholm
The World Clean Energy Awards announced in Basel, Switzerland, on June 15, recognised the environmental achievements of the Hammarby Sjostad district in Stockholm. As reported recently by the Worldwatch Institute, this waterfront district in the center of Stockholm, is following a comprehensive sustainability plan as it is redeveloped from an industrial site into a residential area. Based on â€œdown-to-earth solutionsâ€ which are integrated into residentsâ€™ everyday lives, environmental initiatives include: the recycling of household solid waste, combustible refuse processed and used as fuel for electricity and hot water, stoves run on biogas derived from the districtâ€™s wastewater and biogas also fueling public transportation. By its completion in 2016, Hammarby SjÃ¶stad is expected to be reusing waste for fertilizer for agricultural, to be served by a fast train, and to be bicycle and pedestrian-friendly.
One key aspect of this issue is that of integration; â€œAll of [the] issues are integrated in one program, instead of each part of the city working on different issues separately,â€ explains Josefin Wangel with GlashusEtt, the districtâ€™s environmental information hub.
For the full story, visit the recent Worldwatch Institute report.