The delegates from Social Entrepreneurs with Integrity Association and Beijing International Exchange Association Sustainable Development Committee met with Mr. Gunnar Söderholm, Director at The Environmental and Health Administration in the city of Stockholm for an exchange to gain invaluable insight into the health, environmental, and transport policies in Stockholm – The first Green Capital in Europe.
In his presentation, Mr. Gunnar Söderholm introduced his agency’s vision for 2030 (Combining Growth with Sustainable Development) and announced their plans & strategies to achieve fossil-fuel free by 2040. Hammarby Sjöstad: Stockholm’s Sustainable Urban Eco-District was used as an example to illustrate their integrated sustainable approach and long term perspective in policy process. Notable features of the Hammarby Sjöstad include: eco-cycle model, integrated transport and land use, renewable energy use, and sustainable development.
Stockholm also has plans to introduce new metro line, financed by the city’s congestion charges tax (similar to Singapore’s Electronic Road Pricing). By 2022, 100% of buses in Stockholm will be powered by renewable fuel. Electrical vehicles, plug in hybrids and new infrastructure are also expected to roll out in the city of Stockholm by 2030.
At the end of dialogue, the delegates from SEIA and BIEASDC presented a calligraphy painting titled “Nature” in traditional Chinese writing to Mr. Gunnar Söderholm as a token of appreciation and cultural remembrance.