Stockholm – A Sustainable City

After leaving northern Sweden, we traveled farther south to Stockholm. Our first day in Stockholm had a later start that allowed some of us to adventure off into the early morning of Galma Stan (Old Town Stockholm) and explore the vast culture and history of a vibrant city. As we were walking around the city streets it became clear to us that although we may be an hour flight away from northern Sweden, the culture and attitude towards sustainability is ever presence in Swedish society. In the north, sustainability was tied to technology utilizing the cold and natural resources that Sweden has to offer; in Stockholm sustainability is viewed as reusability of natural resources and applying them to modern day luxuries such as fashion and transportation.

Luxury in the fashion world appears to be trending towards a sustainable future whether it be using recycled materials to create clothes or recycling old clothes. In the United States this poster would not have existed; not because Americans don’t care about sustainability, but rather sustainability is not a priority like it is in Sweden. This became even more transparent at our first stop to Stockholm’s main public bus transportation service.

 

Keolis is the primary company that operates the public bus transportation in Stockholm. Arriving to their office, of course through their public transportation service, we felt the presence of Keolis and their focus on the future. Offices were non existent as they utilized an open space as their work environment (going hand in hand with the flat hierarchy the Swedish practice), the floors mimicked real street markings, and the railing found throughout the space was the same that was found on their buses – everything mimicked the public bus environment. As we discussed their future plans and how they see themselves in 10 plus years, there were three things that they wanted us to take away from their meeting: Electric, Autonomous, and Shared.

Electric was for their effort to make their bus fleet all electric, or mostly electric in the future. They have begun their journey by being the first company to be 100% fossil fuel free by using alternative fuels such as ethanol, biodiesel, and natural gas. Autonomous vehicles being that they have an ambition for driverless electric cars, an up and coming technology. Lastly, shared for driver services, similar to a Lyft or Uber, to ease transportation around the city by using clean sustainable energy.

Keolis is known as Sweden’s most sustainable public transport company and through their sustainability practices and goals for the future, they live up to their reputation.

 

Team 17-4