Växjö is a Swedish city with 66,275 inhabitants (2016). It is the administrative, cultural, and industrial centre of Kronoberg County.
In 1996 the city adopted a policy for the elimination of the use of fossil fuels by 2030. This decision was taken in reaction to pollution and eutrophication in the lakes that surround the town. Greenhouse gas emissions were cut by 41% from 1993 to 2011, and were reduced by 55% by 2015. The city’s economy has grown during this time.
By 2014, Växjö’s CO2 emissions had dropped to 2.4 tonnes per capita, well below the EU average of 7.3 tonnes.
Växjö has called itself “The Greenest City in Europe” since 2007. It has its foundation in a long history of commitment to environmental issues, and ambitious goals for a green future. It is a vision shared with the citizens and the local companies.
In 2017 Växjö was awarded the European Green Leaf Award 2018 by the European Commission. The prize is awarded to cities with less than 100 000 inhabitants that show good results and ambitions in terms of environment and committed to generate green growth.
City of Växjö is a member of Energy Cities since 2002
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