Climate-smart commuting cuts emissions in central Sweden

Published 4 December 2017 in:

Would you be prepared to ditch your car for an electric bike? What about a more roomy electric cargo bike? Or an electric car? People in four central Swedish municipalities have been given the option of doing just that for journeys to and from work.

Ok, they don’t actually have to hand over their cars, and the electric bikes and cars are only on loan. But by allowing residents to temporarily swap their fossil-fuel guzzlers for climate-friendly modes of transport, the municipalities are making an effort to cut emissions from commuting.

The ‘Sustainable Commuting’ scheme was developed by Åtvidaberg Municipality and is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.

Under the scheme, residents who leave their fossil-fuel cars at home can borrow one of the electric cars or bikes for a period to try out a more sustainable way of commuting. It is a concrete example of how emissions from the transport sector can be reduced.

The other municipalities taking part are Kinda, Vadstena and Ödeshög. They are aware that work to address climate change must take place at all levels of society, and are taking responsibility for the transition to a more sustainable world.

Joakim Svensson, energy strategist at Åtvidaberg Municipality, comments: “There is huge interest. We ran the project in the autumn and will repeat it annually. Getting more people to cycle not only benefits the environment and the climate, it also saves you money and improves your health, which contributes to a more sustainable society in a number of different ways.”

This case relates to Global Goal 13: Climate action.

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