The Stockholm Royal Seaport (SRS) project is directly linked to the City’s ambition to develop a fossil fuel free city by 2050 as well as the need to adapt to the climate effects that Sweden will likely be subjected to with rising temperatures, sea levels and higher precipitation. Projected population growth poses further challenges, as the city’s population is expected to reach 1.5 million within the city and 3.5 million in the region by 2030.
As a result of the increasing competition between cities and regions, Stockholm Royal Seaport is becoming a hub in the Baltic region. Its strategic location as the gateway to Stockholm, as well as its location in the center of the fast-expanding Baltic region, has increased the need to update the port’s infrastructure to accommodate rising ferry and cruise line traffic.
In 2009, the City Council of Stockholm decided that the Stockholm Royal Seaport should become a new environmentally profiled district. The project aims to transform the old industrial port area into a modern city environment for both residents and businesses. Close cooperation between public authorities, developers, industry and universities, resulted in six focus areas, including energy, transportation, climate adaptation, eco-cycle systems, and sustainable housing. Other goals include:
- Achieving a CO2 emission per capita that represents 50% of the average per capital emission in Stockholm by 2030.
- Having a fossil-fuel-free city district by 2030.
- Reaching a climate adapted to increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, and higher precipitation.
These goals should be achieved through close cooperation with developers, utilities and other stakeholders. Requirements in land allocation agreements, combined with monitoring and follow-up processes ensure that houses are built according to passive house standards, wherein local renewable energy is generated, waste is recycled and local storm water management is built on properties. The city ensures that the transport network enables sustainable choices by prioritizing walking, biking and public transport, as well as recycling and renewable energy production.
Stockholm was selected the first European Green Capital in 2010, demonstrating the steps the City has already taken towards environmental sustainability. The SRS will further improve the city’s sustainability by providing 12,000 apartments and 35,000 work places that will be combined with space for recreation, thereby creating a dynamic and vibrant living and working space.
The SRS is and will continue to be an important part of the City’s economic growth. For example, the port itself receives a few thousand visitors every day and the 120 year old gasworks will be transformed into a public area containing a culture center with an international stage, a museum, and public amenities. The urban green structure will connect the northern and southern part of the Royal National Park and contribute to a resilient ecosystem, recreation and an aesthetic urban environment.
Since 2007, citizen participation has also been a key component of the SRS. Public consultations and open house information meetings have ensured input from the public as have mail surveys and consultations with residents living in the surrounding city districts.