In 2018, ten families in Umeå were challenged to live without a car for three months. The conclusion was that it was easier than expected. The study was intended for people who have been thinking of reducing their car usage, but who needed a final push to implement the change. The participants were offered a variety of means of transport. The families were interviewed by a researcher. After the test period, three families chose to live without a car, but all participants retained new habits
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#TASTEORWASTE is an initiative that takes hold of the unnecessary food waste and promotes a sustainable lifestyle. We challenge Sweden to stop throwing away really good food. Do you follow best before date as if it were law? Do you watch, smell and taste the food before deciding whether it can be eaten or to be discarded? How do your friends do?
The Swedish municipality of Uppsala and six other municipalities in Sweden, have agreed to limit climate impact from plastic, used in the daily activities of the municipalities. They use public procurement as a tool to influence providers and producers to offer products from renewable and fossil-free resources.
More than one million tonnes of food are discarded in Sweden every year. It corresponds to emissions of two million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. The hospital of Sundsvall city, north of Sweden reduced the food waste with 47 percent in two years. It is valued at SEK 3,8 million.
Surveys showed that food worth a value of SEK 8 million each year was discarded at the hospital. The kitchen staff began to work actively to reduce waste. The result showed a decrease of 25 percent initially.
Since May 2015, a psyciatric clinic of northern Stockholm public Health service, has served lacto-ovo-vegetarian food to their patients. The purpose is to motivate the patients to a more healthy and environmentally friendly diet. The diet includes vegetable foods, milk products and eggs, but lacks meat, fish and poultry.
The initiative has been welcomed by both employees and patients.
The benefits are many, both for those who opt out of meat for religious reasons and for the Environment.
The Swedish Consumer Agency has been allocated an assignment by the government to build a forum for social stakeholders to make it easier for people to consume in a more environmentally sustainable manner. Our vision for our work at the Forum on Eco-smart Consumption is that environmentally sustainable consumption shall become the standard for future generations.
Coastal tourism in the Baltic Sea in particular is largely dependent on natural resources, which are one of the most attractive tourism assets of the region. As tourism development grows in the Baltic Sea region, the demand for energy, waste treatment and use of resources has been on the rise, calling for innovative solutions to mitigate the sector’s environmental impact and decrease pressure on water, energy, and food resources. Against this backdrop, the “Circular economy tools to support innovation in green and blue tourism small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)” or CIRTOINNO project was launched. The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund within the interregional South Baltic Programme 2014- 2020, with the Pomerania Development Agency of Poland, as the Lead Partner.
The project aims to combine messages to tackle food waste, encourage healthy and sustainable eating and encourage food waste recycling via the innovative campaign 'Small Change Big Difference. The strategic approach is to test, learn and develop the most effective messages, style and behaviour change interventions through a series of 3 waves. The TRiFOCAL London project is funded by the EU LIFE programme and managed by a partnership between WRAP, LWARB and Groundwork London.
Useful for policymakers and researchers wishing to map flows of new and used textile flows as a first step in developing textile circularity policy.
Overview of new and used textiles in three Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland and Sweden) and first proposals for policy measures to reduce textile waste and increase circularity.
Three reports in the TemaNord series showcase Nordic experiences in promoting SCP. Jointly the 50+ examples display a wide array of opportunities and actors that can deliver required change – including public and private sector actors, representatives from the research community, NGOs and city planners, as well as numerous other champions of change.
The three reports can be found individually at the links at the bottom of this page, or at: http://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1177169&dswid=-3241
A summary of all three reports can be found here: http://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1177169/ATTACHMENT01.pdf
Boverket is working on developing a draft mandatory regulation about how builders shall establish a materials passport at the construction stage. The materials passport platform shall be updated by the property owner during the lifetime of the building.
The materials passport shall increase the traceability of construction products placed in the buildings. The focus is on the health and environmental effects of construction products as well as circularity.
Boverket in Sweden has started a work on guiding and communicating about ecosystem services and nature based solutions in built up areas: in urban areas, cities and villages. The guidance will include comprehensive planning, detailed planning, building permits, construction and management of the built up area. The guidance is thus directed to different target groups, for example planners, builders, project developers, construction entrepreneurs and estate managers.
The GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) offered a number of 2- and 3-day intensive and interactive onsite training classes focused on the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Criteria, and engaged tourism industry professionals around the world through expert presentations and discussions on sustainable tourism best practices for businesses and destinations.
The STTP, begining in 2017, offered online scheduled training classes led by GSTC trainers, available at least 4 times a year.
SKL Kommentus Central Purchasing Body provides audit services to local Swedish authorities to monitor compliance with ethical and social requirements in public procurement through the service “Hållbarhetskollen”. The aim is to ensure that procured goods and services are produced according to sustainable and responsible standards. The audits are conducted throughout the supply chain. Hållbarhetskollen carries out the planning of follow-up actions, the selection of auditors, the publication of audit reports and ensures that appropriate corrective actions are performed by the suppliers.