A new report from LSE Cities looks in depth at what makes Stockholm a leader for green economic growth – and what this means for other cities.
Today in Stockholm, Graham Floater, Philipp Rode and Dimitri Zenghelis, directors of the LSE’s Economics of Green Cities Programme – launch a pivotal new piece of research, Stockholm: Green Economy Leader Report.
Stockholm is a leading city for green economic growth. Despite the global downturn, the city’s low carbon economy remains highly competitive and well positioned for driving sustained growth in the medium to long term.
Stockholm took early action to build a green economy – unlike most cities, environmental policies have been important to Stockholm for over 40 years. At the same time, early infrastructure investment such as building the city’s metro system in the 1950s, and development of district heating following the 1970s oil shocks has helped to build today’s lower carbon economy.
The report shows that Stockholm’s impressive growth has been delivered while increasing environmental performance and transitioning to a low carbon economy. It looks in detail at what Stockholm must do to maintain this position as a green leader, and how it might meet the ambitious targets it has set for itself.
Featuring a wealth of new research findings and analysis of Stockholm’s ambitious goals, the report will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in green economic growth at a city level.
For more information, and to download the report, click here.
The Economy of Green Cities: A World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy has recently been published by Springer.
This new book brings together experts from research, the private sector, international organizations and local governments to stimulate new thinking, and offers insight into what a Green Urban Economy could mean for greener cities and sustainable urban development.
It features “Cities and the Green Economy”, a chapter by LSE Cities’ Executive Director Philipp Rode, among contributions from many other leading urbanists.
For more information, or to order your copy, visit the Springer website.
On 9 October, Philipp Rode, Executive Director, LSE Cities, and Graham Floater, Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE Cities, have launched a new edition of our report Going Green: How cities are leading the next economy (The 3GF Copenhagen edition) at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) in Copenhagen. The report provides an up-to-date overview on the experiences of how cities around the world are making the transition to the green economy. Read the full report.
On 20 June, LSE Cities and ICLEI launched a key report at the ICLEI-led City Roundtable at the Rio+20 Global Town Hall. The report represents the preliminary findings of a new global survey on the state of green policies in cities. ‘Going Green: How cities are leading the next economy’, shows widespread optimism at a local level concerning green economic development despite the global recession, and demonstrates the extent to which cities have successfully integrated green policies since the last United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 1992. LSE Cities’ Executive Director, Philipp Rode said: “It is inspiring to see that the vast majority of cities in our survey have not only developed pro-active green policy over the last decades, but also that today they are in such profound agreement about the related economic benefits.” Watch Philipp Rode’s presentation of the key findings.