A Green IT Focus
Stockholm is a Green IT role model and the first European Green Capital.
A greater focus on climate issues will probably encourage us to travel less, telecommute more and take part in meetings and conferences via the web. This development goes hand in glove with the transformation of technology and software to web services, where both documents and programs can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Reduced travelling is also more cost efficient. A Green IT focus requires bandwidth and an effectively functioning IT infrastructure. Stockholm leads developments in this area.
High environmental objectives in Sweden have led to growing demands for technology and services with a high environmental profile. Stockholm is internationally recognized for its far-sighted investment and cutting-edge expertise in sustainable municipal development, with strong research and development and a major presence in the cleantech industry. Stockholm is ranked as one of Europe’s cleanest cities.
Stockholm -- European Green Capital
In May 2008, the European Commission launched a new annual title – the European Green Capital. The title will be awarded to a city that can act as an environmental role model and inspire other cities, has a consistent record of achieving high environmental standards, and is committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development. Stockholm has won the European Green Capital 2010 title.
One example of Stockholm’s purposeful investment in Green IT is Stockholm Royal Seaport. With innovative environmental technology and creative solutions, the Stockholm Royal Seaport will be a new district with 10,000 households and 30,000 workplaces, and become a showcase and role model for sustainable town planning. On 19 May 2009, it was announced that the Clinton Foundation will support Stockholm Royal Seaport’s environmental and climate initiatives.
Cleantech has become one of Stockholm’s most important profile areas and shows strong financial growth. The Stockholm region has a total of 2,600 worksites in the cleantech industry that employ almost 12,700 people. Top international research within the area is also conducted at KTH in Stockholm, and Ångströmslaboratoriet at Uppsala University.
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