Allan’s kitchen table
It is 2011 and ten very enthusiastic residents of Hammarby Sjöstad are sitting around my kitchen table. All of us agree that our borough has failed to live up to the ambitious environmental goals that were set when it was initially built.
Questions were asked: How can we renew a new city? What can be done to ensure that Hammarby Sjöstad becomes more climate-smart and sustainable? Discussions included a more efficient use of energy in our buildings and a transition to electric vehicles while showcasing how a ‘green economy approach’ could influence future urban developments. Following the creation of ElectriCITY, we teamed up with some 30 innovative companies and research organizations to formulate a way forward.
Together with our local housing associations and Sjöstadsföreningen (The Hammarby Sjöstad Association) we are turning words into actions by installing charging points for electric vehicles in all of our underground car parks, optimizing and making investments in existing energy systems, developing renewable energy sources, implementing environmental upgrades for waste disposal vehicles, introducing a shared economy approach to create a better place to live and improving recycling practices.
Can Hammarby Sjöstad be a forerunner in Stockholm’s ambitious plans and reach the environmental goals as early as 2030, while at the same time inspiring other boroughs to follow suit? I think so. We have some 30-plus ongoing initiatives within our project Hammarby Sjöstad 2.0. This journal discribes two of them – Energy at Home and Charge at Home. Both are very important and we have already made significant inroads.
May you be inspired!
Allan Larsson, the Founder of ElectriCITY