The Gothenburg region has one of the world’s most advanced district heating systems and many companies in the region offer innovative solutions for smarter heating. Borås-based Wideco Sweden is one of these companies and we have been following their journey to market in China, which has now resulted in a three-year agreement with a Chinese distributor in the city of Tangshan outside Beijing.
Cities around the world need to further develop their transport solutions to increase mobility for both people and goods, and at the same time, to reduce emissions. Gothenburg, which is the first in the world to investigate the interaction between self-driving vehicles and long-term urban planning, showcased the latest developments when the city hosted an international delegation with participants from eight countries.
This week Gothenburg in Sweden will host an international project meeting gathering the range of innovative startups, research organisations and local authorities that make up IRIS Smart Cities. The project, of which Gothenburg is one of three exemplary ‘Lighthouse’ cities, aims to develop and replicate smart solutions for cities to become increasingly energy efficient, sustainable and attractive for their inhabitants. The meeting will be held within walking distance of several of the testbed areas used in the project. Business Region Gothenburg participates in IRIS under the City of Gothenburg and, through Green Gothenburg, provides study visits to the meeting participants where the city's climate-smart solutions are presented.
Gothenburg is a world leader in district heating and cooling. In recent days, cities from all around Europe convened to discuss the theme at the Celsius Summit conference, where Business Region Göteborg, via EEN, Enterprise Europe Network, and Green Gothenburg organised around 90 pre-arranged matchmaking meetings between companies, politicians and representatives of European cities.
A visit to Gothenburg by the director of China's National Energy Administration revealed export opportunities for Swedish climate-smart solutions within the energy sector. Business Region Göteborg is now following up on this by taking companies from West Sweden along to China.