Posted by: ecodestination | April 19, 2009

Green Cities Tour: Malmö, Sweden – a love poem

Bicyclists and a bike counter in Malmo - photo by 2headedturtle

Bicyclists and a bike counter in Malmo - photo by 2headedturtle

What a surprise – we’re again looking at Scandinavia! This post focuses on Malmö, the home of almost 300,000 Swedes in the southern province of Skane, Sweden.

Oh, Malmö, let me count the ways that you are green:

  • Between 2008 and 2012, you are cutting your CO2 emissions by 25% (!), essentially giving the Kyoto Protocol the finger as you obscenely surpass the Protocol’s meager 5% goal
  • You lead the way in green electricity practices
  • You consist of eco-friendly neighborhoods that contain hundreds of smart energy homes!
    • Western Harbour runs on 100% renewable energy (solar, wind, hydropower, and biofuels from organic waste)
    • Your buildings are energy-efficient and were built with sustainable, recyclable materials
    • Your streets encourage walking and cycling instead of driving – and it works: about 35% of the population travels by bike
    • The restoration of Sege Park will power the neighborhood with solar (photovoltaics*), wind, and biofuels power
    • Malmö, you renovate shipyards and industrial areas, transforming them into green residential communities
    • Your district known as Augustenborg uses green roofing that reduces runoff and insulates buildings
    • Augustenborg has the first-ever emissions-free electric steel trains (swank!)
    • Another one for Augustenborg: more than a dozen recycling houses process 70% of collected waste

    Brilliant.

    The largest photovoltaic project in Scandinavia in Malmös Sege Park

    The largest photovoltaic project in Scandinavia in Malmö's Sege Park

    Malmö, oh, Malmö – your vibrant dedication, your grass-stained fingers, your cool, clean breath, your practical ingenuity – you are so wonderful I would give up certain sweets for you.

    Oh, Malmö, with your canals, beaches, parks, and your harbor you remind me of the aesthetics of the Middle Ages and the distant future in spirit.

    My love, oh, Malmö, is yours.

    And I’m not the only one raving about this city: check out this BBC article on Sweden’s eco-awesomeness.

    * What the hell are photovoltaics? I’m glad you asked. Why, they’re a solar energy technology. Photovoltaics cells transform solar light directly into electricity. Learn more here.

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    Responses

    1. Dear Sirs,
      we wants to visit sweden for the perpose to study green house eco city,it seems located in Stockholm,would you please send me their web site or e-mail address?the eco city has 7000 earth house and video posed on time ,thanks your attention!

      Rgds
      Tim Liang

    2. Dear Sirs,
      We will visit Malmo in 4th,5th,August 2010
      Total 6 persons,please advise us by return,eco green city visiting course?
      BRGDS
      Tim Liang

    3. I usually do not write many remarks, but i did some searching and wound up here Green Cities Tour: Malmö, Sweden – a love poem | Save Eco Destinations.

      And I do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright. Is it only me or does it appear like a few of the comments look as if they are written by brain dead visitors? 😛 And, if you are posting on additional online sites, I would like to keep up with anything fresh you have to post. Could you make a list of every one of all your community pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

    4. The site has been moved to saveecodestinations.com !


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