Växjö Municipality leads the EU-funded three-year project CoBiUM. Participating partners in the project include: the Energy Agency of Southeast of Sweden (Sweden), Danish Cycling Tourism (Denmark), University of Greifswald (Germany), City of Slupsk (Poland) and City of Gdynia (Poland). CoBiUM aims at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing car traffic by increasing the use of cargo bikes for private and commercial use. A decrease in car traffic means that the pressure on parking spaces will decrease and lead to safer roads and reduced noise levels. This will increase the quality of life in participating cities.
In the project, various pilots will be implemented in the participating cities and will involve three different target groups: private persons, public sector and companies. By collaborating within the project group, the pilots will be evaluated throughout implementation in order to help provide good results and new knowledge. After the pilots have been completed, a manual on how cargo bikes can be better utilised in cities will be published. By spreading the project's results, we hope that other cities in the Southern Baltic region will be inspired to do similar.
The IUC Burlington – Växjö cooperation programme is an eighteen month project, started in November 2017, financed by the EU International Urban Cooperation Programme (IUC). The program aims on bringing together technical experts from European and North American cities for exchange on best practices and expertise to ensure the development of sustainable cities. Växjö has been selected as one of 11 European cities being matched with one of 11 cities from Canada, the USA or Mexico. Växjö has been matched with Burlington, Ontario, Canada which is a city with similar conditions as Växjö. The cities aim to cooperate on climate mitigation and adaption, green structures/public spaces and sustainable land use to ensure sustainable expansion of the cities both from ecological, social and economic perspectives. Another important issue is to share knowledge on sustainable building practices and tall wood buildings. The project will include joint workshops, study visits, trainings and potential staff exchanges over the duration of the programme and the main output will be local
development action plans for each of the cities.
READY is a five year long EU funded project with Växjö Municipality, Aarhus kommun in Denmark and Kaunas in Lithuania as participants.
It started up 1st of December 2014 and covers the following items:
Circular economy from North to South Europe 2020: new pathways of citizenship decision processes is a two year project, that started in July 2015. The project objective is to create a network of towns, municipalities and NGO:s that strives towards a circular economy by sharing experiences within the field of sustainable development focusing in resource efficiency and methods for reuse. In Växjö the project is represented by Växjö Municipality and the social cooperative Macken, that cooperates with seven other municipalities from Croatia, Malta, Romania, Greece, Netherlands and Italy.
Throughout the course of the project a series of conferences, local forums, experience exchanges, workshops and meetings will be held in seven targeted countries from the region, through the following main components of activities: 1) network coordination and management of activities; 2) network capacity building; 3) awareness raising and visibility actions; 4) exchange of good practice among the region countries; and 5) research and analysis.
The expectation from Växjö Municipality is that the project will benefit with new ideas and input and strengthen the relations with potential partners for future projects within the field of circular economy.
NERO is a three year EU financed project where VKAB participates together with four other
Scandinavian partners. The project duration is between 2017 and 2020.
The overall objective is to develop and demonstrate nearly Zero Energy Wood Buildings with
technical solutions which significantly reduce the costs compared to the current situation. On site and nearby renewable energy system solutions are studied in order to provide real addition of renewable energy production and to provide solutions, which are optimal on local grid and energy system level.
The project promotes large-scale market uptake of the developed nearly Zero Energy Wood
Buildings low-carbon solutions, applicable for construction industry design and procurement process.