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Stockholm development one of 16 Climate Positive projects

stockholm-royal-seaportThe Stockholm Royal Seaport development is among 16 founding projects of the Climate Positive Development Programme, a Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) programme that will support the development of large-scale urban projects that demonstrate cities can grow in ways that are climate positive.

Climate Positive real-estate developments will strive to reduce the amount of on-site carbon dioxide emissions to below zero.

Former President William Clinton launched the Climate Positive Development Programme today at the C40 Summit in Seoul, South Korea.  Along with the other founding projects, Stockholm Royal Seaport will demonstrate Climate Positive strategies to set an environmental and economic example for other cities to follow.

To reduce the net greenhouse gas emissions of their Climate Positive Development projects to below zero, property developers and local governments will agree to work in partnership on specific areas of activity. This includes implementing economically viable innovations in buildings, including systems for clean energy generation, waste management, water management, transportation and outdoor lighting.

Last year, for the first time, half the world’s population — 3.2 billion people — lived in cities, and that figure is expected to grow to 70 per cent by 2050. While cities occupy just 2 per cent of the world’s land mass, they are responsible for more than two-thirds of global energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. How cities change and grow is therefore a critical component to tackling the climate crisis.

The aim for Stockholm Royal Seaport is to be a showcase for sustainable urban construction where innovative Swedish environmental technologies and creative solutions are developed, tested and presented. The city district shall be an example for other cities to follow, a world-class environmental urban district, said Ulla Hamilton, Deputy Mayor, Environment and Traffic division.

The new city district, Stockholm Royal Seaport, is currently being built in Stockholm’s harbour area. Due for completion in 2025, Stockholm Royal Seaport will be a showcase for sustainable urban design where innovative environmental technologies and creative solutions are developed, used and presented. Once fully built, Stockholm Royal Seaport will be home to some new 10,000 apartments and 30,000 work places.

Located on former brownfield sites, the new city district has ambitious environmental targets. Stockholm Royal Seaport is aiming to be fossil fuel-free by 2030, while the entire City of Stockholm plans to reach that target by 2050. By 2020, residents and workers in Stockholm Royal Seaport are expected to produce less than 1.5 tonnes of carbon emissions per person.

Once all 16 initial Climate Positive Development projects are completed, nearly one million people will live and work in Climate Positive communities. These communities will be located in Melbourne, Australia; Palhoca, Brazil; Toronto, Canada; Victoria, Canada; Ahmedabad, India; Jaipur, India; outside Panama City, Panama; Pretoria, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Seoul, South Korea; Stockholm, Sweden; London, UK; San Francisco, USA and Destiny Florida, USA.

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