• Country: Sweden
  • Population: 300,000
  • Member of Covenant of Mayors?: Yes
  • Politician Who Signed: Ilmar Reepalu, Mayor
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City Introduction

Malmö was first mentioned in 1275 and its economy was based on fishing and ship building. The Kockums ship yard has been for a long time the biggest employer in Malmö. When the industrial activities closed in the mid 1980s the city has been supporting knowledge based development. The first milestone in this direction was the Bo01 area, a city district opened in 2001, and supplied with 100% locally renewable energy, providing housing for approximately 1200 people. The district was the first step for Malmö to find new processes as well as technical solutions, helping her becoming a sustainable city. Since then, many initiatives and projects have been started, thus contributing to reach the city’s environmental and climate goals. One of its objectives is to supply the entire city with renewable energy by 2030. To achieve this, the city has been, for example, working on the establishment of a smart grid in a city district that providing commercial and residential space for 1700 people.

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Related Initiatives

Malmö’s approach is focusing on three objectives, with five chosen areas of activities.

The three main focus are:

Greening of IT:

Its objective will be achieved through the support of IT solutions. Depending as well on how the internal IT support is managed, it will allow to strengthen the municipality’s efforts in environmental, climatic and fair trade

IT as an Environmental Engineering:

This goal is to actively develop and use IT as an environmental technology for sustainable development within municipal administration, the city as well as the Oresund Region

Green digital communications:

Communicating the city’s environmental commitment in an innovative, educational and creative way through a range of IT solutions

The program is constituted of five areas of activities. Each of these areas contains one or more projects, or a set of activities that together contribute to meet the objectives that have been set.

Green IT collaboration (GITS) in Malmö:

Under this area of activities, Green IT, in collaboration with Malmö’s IT management, have been trying to reduce the municipality’s consumption of energy, of materials, of fossil fuels and of waste. One of theses activities is to ensure the program plan vision, goals and power repatriation are being respected

Urban development of Green IT in Hyllie

This activity is led in the district administration (“Pilot Town”) and the district of Hyllie. They will develop and manage digital solutions that reduce the need for energy, materials, transport (fossil fuels) and waste. These experiences will then be used to promote sustainable development throughout the whole city of Malmö.

e-document & printing

This activities is related to the use of electronic document (e-services) and the reduction to the number of print jobs, electricity consumption, material use and waste produced.

Climate-neutral data center

The city of Malmö’s data centers are energy efficient buildings. IT management solutions should contribute to reduced energy and material consumption as well as waste produced.

Greener buildings of Green IT

The City of Malmö will reward “IT as an environmental technology”. The city plan to show example when greening its public owned buildings as well as various real estate projects to be implemented, e.g. Greenhouse Augustenborg (EIA).


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