Uppsala is an inspiring example of how public and private decision makers can work together to secure long-term climate goals. This has resulted in a thorough climate strategy that puts emphasis on biogas, public transportation and the phasing out fossil fuels from the city's building stock.
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Improvement. Uppsala is installing a system where buses are given priority at traffic lights, greatly reducing travel-time for certain bus lines by limiting the number of stops. Not only does this initiative improve the appeal of public transportation or customers, it reduces emissions as well. Dedicated bus lanes have been created, which enable buses to travel quickly and smoothly. They also run so frequently that there is no need to consult a bus schedule. The overall goal is to increase the use of public transportation while simultaneously reducing its emissions by running the buses on biogas.
The Uppsala Climate Protocol was initiated in 2010 to secure the city’s long-term climate and energy goals. The Protocol involves key-actors that have a positive track record in climate and energy-efficiency actions. 17 organizations from both the public and private sectors participated in the first phase of the project. There are currently 26 members with some 29 000 employees, a third of all employees in Uppsala. The Sustainability Portal, a climate accounting and decision support system which manages the energy and climate statistics for the municipality, now also includes statistics for Climate Protocol members.
The new city district Östra Sala Backe is pegged to be the area in Uppsala most adapted to climate change, while also ensuring limited carbon emissions. The latest available technology will be used with respect to energy, waste, rainwater, building technology, building materials, transport, water and drains. The city is also dedicated to reducing emissions from existing buildings and it has been working since 2007 to phase out the use of fossil fuels.