Positive energy result in Stockholm Royal Seaport

For the eight consecutive year, Stockholm Royal Seaport has compiled an annual sustainability report. When the first buildings in the Brofästet phase reported energy use after one year of operation the result was positive. Four out of ten buildings meet the energy requirement. The plus energy buildings are 42 per cent better than the requirement, which indicates good form factor and good building and technical installation parameters.

– It doesn't matter if energy requirements are set as long they aren't followed up. This is where Stockholm Royal Seaport is doing a lot of detective work that we're following with great interest, says Birgitta Govén, Energy Expert at Byggföretagen.

Almost 10 years have passed since the first homes were built. Several important steps have been taken and new ideas, methods and approaches have been tested in Stockholm Royal Seaport and spread to other projects within the city. For each phase, the requirements have been developed to achieve the sustainability goals. During 2020 the City Development Administration's monitoring database was launched and is based on and adapted from Stockholm Royal Seaports experience with web-based monitoring database.

To date around 3,000 apartments have been built and more than 50 per cent are rental apartments. 11 pre-schools, one elementary school, a sport centre and an out-door gym have been completed. During 2020 several new businesses have opened in Gasverket, among others Sandvik, Berghs School of Communications and a new pre-school.

A total of almost 14 hectar, around 20 football fields, green spaces such as parks, green roofs and courtyards have been created in the former brownfield area, and 550 trees of 39 different species have been planted in the formal industrial area.

– Many are following our journey. As a testbed and to remain at the forefront it is important to share our results . A key part of our knowledge development are the various research and innovation projects we initiate and participate in. It is with shared ambitions, collaboration, and exchange of experience that we can continue to move forward in building and developing more sustainable cities and communities, says Christina Salmhofer, Sustainability Strategist Stockholm Royal Seaport at Stockholm City Development Administration.

In 2009, the Stockholm City Council decided that Stockholm Royal Seaport was to be a model in sustainable urban development and as a testbed develop and spread knowledge. It has been a learning process in collaboration with the city's administrations and the 50 developers. The results are followed up and analysed, and the gained knowledge are used in future phases and projects within the city. To remain at the forefront and to gain experience, the third version of our steering document in 2020 – the Sustainable Urban Development Programme has been developed and is due to be adopted by Stockholm City Council during the year.

On our external website StockholmRoyalSeaport2030.se interested parties can follow our sustainability journey closely. This is where progress in the run-up to 2030 is being published. You can see how the requirements are being met, and the various innovation projects are explained in more detail. You can also read the Sustainability Report 2020 as PDF.