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Greening the built environment

  • Green Zone is a unique pioneering project, proving that it’s possible to create an almost waste-free environment even when building and operating services like a car wash and petrol station. The synergy-based solutions for air, light, energy and water make Green Zone a centre for learning about circular sustainability. Green Zone in Umeå was the first of its kind when it was established in 2000, and it’s still a role model when it comes to energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and a circular approach.

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    Sector(s) of expertise
    Renewable energy
    Energy efficiency
    Waste management

    IIGE is a research institute that promotes development, innovation and transmission of technology focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

  • Cross-sectoral enabler

    Gothenburg is determined to be one of the world’s most progressive cities in tackling climate change.

    The Climate Program gathers the long-term climate work of Gothenburg: the municipal organisation, commercial and industrial sector and inhabitants. One important goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2012, Gothenburg released more than 8 tonnes per capita. Our goal is to reduce emissions to 3.5 tonnes by 2035 and 1.9 tonnes by 2050.

  • Objective

    The CLIRE project consists of four sub-projects, each focusing on a particular aspect of health care management with substantial potential for improvement in terms of sustainability and the use of clean technologies and practices. The first three sub-projects are managed by the healthcare management organization of Region Skåne.

  • Objective

    This invention is a light-weight high-quality green roof soil media for green roof manufacturers. The product is a hybrid soil media that can be used in building green roofs for commercial and residential buildings. The media weighs 50% less than the typical soil media currently used in the market. The mixture involves the use of a proprietary mix that when combined in the right proportion in achieve weight-efficient and cost-effective media mixture for excellent plant growth on the roof.

  • Objective

    Cool roofs can help reduce the heat island effect and also help improving the energy performance of the buildings. A cool roof can reflect the sun’s heat and emits absorbed radiation back into the atmosphere at a higher rate than standard materials. The cool roofs technology has been used for more than 20 years (EPA, 2012). The cool roof basically helps in reflecting sunlight and heat, thus reducing the temperature of the roofs. 20-­‐25% of the urban surface is reported to be occupied by roof surface.