How we work

The Stockholm City Council appointed Stockholm Royal Seaport as a sustainability profiled area in 2009. The vision and targets have been updated and are summarised in the revised governing document, The Sustainable Urban Development Programme for Stockholm Royal Seaport was ratified by the City Council in 2017.

These efforts are guided by five strategies. A vibrant city focuses on how the physical environment promotes a dynamic, attractive urban environment. Accessibility and proximity refer to a dense and accessible city, where effective long-term solutions contribute to resource efficiency and climate responsibility. Let nature do the work describes how greenery can help to create a robust and pleasant environment, while also fulfilling several other functions. Participation and consultation stimulates motivation and a connection with the place.

Download the Sustainable Urban Development Program (pdf)

City of Stockholm owns the land

The City of Stockholm is a political organisation. The City Council sets targets for the Citys operations, and its members are elected by voters in general elections. Important governing documents for Stockholm Royal Seaports sustainability programme are ratified by the City Council. The Stockholm City Development Administration manages the Stockholm Royal Seaport project in close collaboration with other administrations, primarily the Planning Administration, Traffic Administration, Environment and Health Administration and the District Administration. This development is financed through sales of land or site leasehold fees.


Residents, employees, developers, politicians, researchers, municipalities and authorities are engaged in ongoing dialogue. This dialogue determines the aspects of the sustainability programme that are presented in the Sustainability Report.

Ideas and comments are captured by a project employee and resident survey, consultation meetings, research and development (R&D) projects, visitors and City administration and companywide thematic groups. Issues of major interest include governance, how sustainability and housing development targets are met and the technical solutions that will be created.

Collaboration is a prerequisite

One of the prerequisites is broad political support, and the aspiration that Stockholm should continue to be a leader in sustainable urban development. The project organisation is interdepartmental. The sustainability organisation builds on thematic groups with experts from the City's administrations and municipal companies, creating joint responsibility and making it easier to share best practices. The task of the thematic groups is to break down the targets into binding requirements and to identify any need for feasibility studies and R&D projects. The City specifies requirements for the design, production and management of buildings, as well as for its own projects.

A working method has been developed to manage, lead and quality-assure these requirements. The requirements are monitored, evaluated and fed back. Knowledge evolves continuously, and relevant parties are engaged in the process. This enables dialogue, capacity development and experience feedback.

Stockholm Royal Seaport's collaborative model.

Knowledge generates results

Due to the high requirements for developers of Stockholm Royal Seaport, a capacity development programme is offered, comprising a series of seminars for developers with site allocations, and for the City's project members who are involved in planning and building public open space. The capacity development programme addresses a range of themes and helps to develop knowledge and understanding of sustainable urban development.

Forums for Sustainable Solutions are recurring mini trade fairs, where developers and technical suppliers can meet to make contact and develop business. Suppliers can demonstrate their innovative solutions for both products and services.

Safe working environment within the project

Performance appraisals and employee surveys are carried out annually. Heavy workload is the greatest challenge to the organization, and an action plan has been developed. Read more on (extern).

Our extended sustainability report with interactive map is available in English at (extern).
Download the entire Sustainability Report 2019 PDF

Stockholm Royal Seaport fills an important role in developing of knowledge within the construction industry, and the journey has not yet come to an end. We continuously evaluate our choices; we develop and try new tools and methods.

Christina Salmhofer, Sustainability Strategist, Stockholm City Development Administration.

Sustainability work