21 September 2021 | 3 minutes.

Making Gothenburg greener

The city of Gothenburg – traditionally an industrial city – is leading the sustainable transition as part of the Green City Accord.

Photo: Per Petersson


Axel Josefson
Executive Mayor, City of Gothenburg

Axel Josefson, Executive Mayor, City of Gothenburg

Gothenburg’s mayor gives insights into the Green City Accord and how the city is becoming more sustainable.

How important are mobility interventions in achieving environmental goals such as improving air quality and reducing noise pollution?

Road transport is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in our city. NO₂ emissions from road transport pose a challenge for us, as it does for many European cities. We have made great progress in reducing our emissions from road transport by optimizing our traffic routes and we are on our way to making our entire transport fleet fossil free by 2023. Today, many of our bus lines are solely run by electric buses, which greatly reduces air and noise pollution. This underlines the importance of mobility interventions to meet our environmental targets. We cannot rely solely on technology in our transition to sustainable urban mobility. Therefore, we are also working to make it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists to use our roads.

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