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Climate Programme

The Climate Programme embodies Gothenburg’s long-term climate work, which includes not only the municipal organisation but also industry and the people of the city. The programme is the result of broad-based collaboration between a number of city administrations and companies as well as different bodies and experts from both industry and research fields. It is a policy document acting as a source of support and security while addressing long-term choice of direction and investment options. The Climate Programme includes objectives and strategies that help in achieving the ambition of reaching an equitable and sustainable level of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The programme is directed primarily at politicians and public officials in the City of Gothenburg but will also function as a guide for industry, other local stakeholders and the inhabitants of the city. Apart from the local environmental quality objective and the intermediate objectives, there are nine strategy objectives in the Climate Programme. The strategy areas are (1) climate smart citizen: have knowledge and show decisiveness; support citizens to reduce their climate impact and educate a new generation of climate smart citizens; (2) resource-efficient urban planning: plan for an energy and transport-efficient society; contribute to a climate-smart regional expansion; (3) efficient energy use and conversion to renewables: increase resource efficiency in district heating, improve energy efficiency in municipal property holdings, improve energy efficiency in private property holdings, promote energy efficiency in industry, continue to invest in district cooling, further develop large-scale production of renewable electricity, promote and facilitate small scale production of renewable electricity and lead biogas development; (4) reduced climate stress from travel and transport: prioritise and invest in the travel modes walking, cycling and public transport, work towards a more energy-efficient vehicle fleet and promote the use of fuels with low climate impact, use and develop policy instruments to reduce car traffic, become a world leader in climate-smart cargo handling, reduce the climate impact of construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure, facilitate and encourage shipping that is energy efficient and fossil free; and (5) climate-conscious consumption:reduce the climate impact of food in our organisation, reduce our purchases of resource-intensive goods, prevent waste and promote recycling, promote sustainable activities and promote alternatives to air travel.