Type 3: Multi-stakeholder urban alliance

Sector of the company/organisation

Energy & Utilities

Name of activity/project (or solution offered)

Uppsala Sustainable City/Co-operation agreement with the City of Uppsala/ Uppsala Climate Protocol

Relevant urban sustainability topic

climate (mitigation, adaptation,…)
resource-efficiency (waste, water, materials, circular economy,…)
infrastructure (built environment)
lifestyles (sustainable consumption, recreation, leisure,…)
sustainability strategy (strategy development at city level, urban planning,…)

Start year


Brief project summary

Uppsala was where Vattenfall initiated their Sustainable Cities concept and it is considered to be the ‘model city’ on which their other business-city collaborations are based. Through the co-operation agreement with the city and the Uppsala Climate Protocol, organisations work together to secure the city’s long-term climate and energy goals.

Short activity description

Vattenfall is a very active corporate citizen of Uppsala. They have signed a partnership agreement with the municipality in the area of climate and energy, while also being signatories of the Uppsala Climate Protocol. Their partnership with the municipality is not limited to the city’s politicians, but also includes municipal companies, property companies, industries, the university, the hospital and private persons.

The Uppsala Climate Protocol, on the other hand, is a collaborative effort where 29 organizations engage in dialogue, are inspired by each other, and initiate joint projects. The overall goal of the Climate Protocol is to help the city reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 50 percent by 2020 and 0.5 tonne per capita by 2050. This is where the Vattenfall Combined Heat and Power plant, which has the goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2030, plays a significant role.

Achieved impact

For the second period of the Climate Protocol 2012-2014, participants exceeded their joint target of 4.5% reduction by reaching the double 11%. The success is a result of both collaboration on energy efficiency measures and increased co-combustion of biomass in the CHP.

Focus groups for concrete actions include sustainable transportation, solar energy and energy management such as the development of carbon abatement maps for buildings.

Is this project a best practice? Why?

Uppsala is a truly proactive, driven city with clear goals and a comprehensive plan to achieve them. Through the cooperation of major industrial players in the municipality, such as Vattenfall, Uppsala is able to provide its citizens with a sustainable and pleasant living environment, within a city that remains competitive and innovative.

What are the main lessons learned during implementation?

Clear goals and implementation plans are needed. Collaboration between public and private organisations are the key to success.

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Head of Sustainability