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SymbioCity (Sweden)

The SymbioCity concept saves your environment and money at the same time. The secret: Combine your urban systems and benefit from the synergies. Optimising urban systems - Unlocking the synergies between urban systems offers a wealth of environmental and economic gains. SymbioCity identifies the links between landscape planning, waste management, architecture, urban functions, industry and buildings, energy, traffic and transport, water supply and sanitation.

Symbiosis – the integration of two or more organisms in a mutually beneficial union – is what SymbioCity is all about. We look at cities and urban areas as a whole and help you harvest the benefits from combining urban functions and exploiting the synergies between them. Sweden once depended heavily on fossil oil imports. But for the last 10 years we have managed to decouple economic growth and CO2 emissions. While growth increased 44%, emissions were reduced by 9%. This is the result of more than 30 years of trial and error with new systems for sustainable urban development. We believe our experience could be applied to improve sustainable development all around the world.

Initiative of the Swedish Government and Swedish Industry SymbioCity is a network of Swedish companies and organisations. It was founded on the initiative of the Swedish Government and Swedish Industry. SymbioCity is administrated by The Swedish Trade Council, with offices in more than 60 countries around the world. Our headquarters is situated in Stockholm.