The City of Gothenburg aims to be a climate-neutral city by 2050. As part of these efforts, Sweden’s first fossil-free preschool, Hoppet, is currently under construction. The goal is to develop products that enable – and establish a new standard for – fossil-free construction. In order to succeed, the city of Gothenburg needs help and input from other stakeholders working with the development of fossil-free solutions for the construction industry.
With assistance from the EU’s Northern Connection project, 27 suppliers and innovators from five northern European countries were invited to Living Lab Hoppet in Gothenburg in May to present themselves and to network around the common goal of fossil-free construction.
“We wanted to create an arena that enables participants to both inspire and be inspired and to find out what the supply chain has to offer. But also to gauge the level of ambition among different categories of property developer,” says Lars Bern from Business Region Göteborg, one of the Northern Connection partners and the host of Living Lab Hoppet.
One of the participants was Paula de Hollanda from property management company Castellum in Gothenburg. She presented their construction project for the Swedish courts in Malmö, one of three pilot projects in Sweden aiming to develop a new certification system, ‘NollCO2’ (ZeroCO2). The objective is zero net emissions throughout the building’s entire life cycle. As such, it includes not only the actual construction work, but also the operation and maintenance of the completed property.
“We’ve set our sights high when it comes to fossil-free construction. This means we have to keep an ear to the ground and follow developments. Our experience from the preschool Hoppet is of importance here, but so is that from the other urban development projects presented at Living Lab Hoppet. Continued cooperation and closer collaboration with other stakeholders will be key now as we develop the Säve Airport testbed,” says Paula de Hollanda, project developer at Castellum Region Väst.
Castellum’s ambition with the old Säve Airport, located a few kilometres from central Gothenburg, is for it to be a future logistics hub and a testbed for fossil-free solutions in energy, vehicles and transport. The goal is for the area to be self-sufficient using locally sourced renewable energy.
“To achieve this, we need to work with innovative solutions in cooperation with others and to also be able to test what works in practice. The idea is for the entire area to be an environment where companies and other stakeholders can develop and test their ideas in real-life scenarios. We know, for example, that the transport sector is seeking sustainable solutions for the future,” says Paula.