Today, October 25, we began a work meeting to determine the ongoing work.
At Lund Municipality with Anna-Karin Poussart, environmental strategist and Helena Görtz – Tourism Developer.
Lund Municipality has decided that greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by at least 50 percent by 2020 and emissions by 2050 will be close to zero. The goal is tough, but we see that we are on the right track. Greenhouse gas emissions in the area have decreased by 47 percent compared with 1990. The biggest contribution to the reduction has been that the proportion of renewable energy in district heating increased dramatically when the Örtoftaverket was put into operation in 2014, which means that natural gas is no longer used in the district heating network.
Lund Municipality is located in an expansive region and in order to create sustainable, attractive urban environments, we need to be forward-looking in our urban planning where we maintain a compact city with a vibrant center. At the same time, the opportunities for green environments in the city for the well-being of the inhabitants must be safeguarded. It should be easy to walk, cycle and use public transport, so that we can reduce car dependency. By densifying the city, the good soil is also saved, which is extra important as Lund’s city is surrounded by 10+ soil – the best arable land in the world.
A rich, vibrant nature with great biodiversity and well-functioning ecosystem services is the basis for long-term sustainable development. Ecosystem services are the benefits that nature provides us with such as water purification, pollination and recreational opportunities. The challenge is how to protect them and create opportunities and strengthen them in connection with exploitation.
Clean water and fresh air are essential for all life. In Lund, the quality of the air is continuously measured and the goal is to stay below the low-risk levels that the state and the EU have set for various harmful substances. When it comes to water, we have problems with surface water, partly because of eutrophication, which is something we have to work on to reach the EU directive.
LundaEko is a target program based on the sixteen national environmental quality targets and on the Bruntland Commission’s definition of sustainable development. Based on the sixteen national environmental quality objectives, the above eight priority areas have been developed. Within each priority area there is a main goal and below it a number of sub-goals.