Sweden

By pursuing an active and future-oriented environmental policy that finds solutions to both international and local environmental problems, Sweden will be the country where it is easiest, cheapest and most fun to be environmentally friendly." - Ms. Lena Ek, Minister for the Environment

As a country, Sweden has everything to gain from becoming a pioneer in the field of sustainable development and has developed excellent concepts of environmentally friendly development.

SymbioCity – A Swedish Concept – integrates community planning and urban development from an ecological, social, economic, and spatial perspective. It involves adopting an integrated and holistic approach to energy, waste and water, community planning, transport and land use planning, and energy-efficient buildings.

Sweden is also leading the way in environmental technology solutions: Flexenclosure uses the sun and wind to power base stations for phones in developing countries lacking sufficient electricity. This low-energy technology reduces operating costs and carbon emissions.