OECD Green Growth Studies

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The OECD Green Growth Strategy aims to provide concrete recommendations and measurement tools, including indicators, to support countries’ efforts to achieve economic growth and development, while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which well-being relies. The strategy proposes a flexible policy framework that can be tailored to different country circumstances and stages of development.

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Green Growth in Stockholm, Sweden

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23 May 2013
9789264195158 (PDF) ;9789264195141(print)

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This report studies green growth trends, challenges and opportunities in the City of Stockholm, Sweden. It first analyses socio-economic trends and the environmental performance of the city and the county of Stockholm; then it reviews urban policies for land use, transport, buildings, waste, energy and water that contribute to economic growth and reduce pressure on the environment; thirdly assesses Stockholm’s green innovation potential in areas such as cleantech, ICT and university to business linkages; and finally it examines local, regional and national institutions, including horizontal and vertical coordination mechanisms that strengthen cross-sectoral and multilevel governance for green growth.

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  • Foreword and Acknowledgements

    Green growth has been a strategic topic of the OECD’s work since 2009, when OECD member countries mandated that the organisation develop a Green Growth Strategy. Green growth has entered a number of areas of work in the OECD, including the Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development. The Directorate’s mission is to help governments at all levels design and implement strategic, evidencebased and innovative policies to strengthen public governance, respond effectively to diverse and disruptive economic, social and environmental challenges, and deliver on governments’ commitments to citizens.

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  • Executive summary

    This case study analyses the economic and environmental performance of the City and County of Stockholm, identifying best practices for green growth in policy and governance, and providing recommendations to further strengthen Stockholm’s potential for green growth. The unit of analysis is the Stockholm metro-region, defined here as Stockholm County, albeit with special attention paid to the performance, policies and institutions of the City of Stockholm.

  • Economic and environmental trends in Stockholm

    Chapter 1 provides an overview of socio-economic and environmental trends and challenges in Stockholm City and County and identifies areas of opportunity for green growth. It assesses the economic and environmental assets and performance that underpin Stockholm’s competitiveness and attractiveness, reviews urban sectors that merit attention for improving green growth prospects and focuses on the emerging green sector and its potential to contribute to growth in Stockholm City and County.

  • Policies to further promote green growth in Stockholm

    Chapter 2 reviews the visions and sectoral policies already in place in Stockholm and discusses their potential for further strengthening green growth. It assesses urban sectors and activities that foster growth and reduce pressure on the environment, focusing on land use and transport, including eco-districts, energy efficiency in buildings, waste recycling, district heating and renewable energy.

  • Green innovation in Stockholm

    Chapter 3 reviews the regional green technology innovation ecosystem in the Stockholm metro-region. It assesses the metro-region’s innovation performance, institutions, infrastructure and key players for a regional innovation system. It focuses on conditions for entrepreneurship, spinoffs and venture capital, the profile of Stockholm’s green technology exports, higher education infrastructure and skills development, as well as research and innovation policies.

  • Governance of green growth in Stockholm

    Chapter 4 examines the local, regional and national institutions available for strengthening green growth in Stockholm. It reviews Stockholm’s network style of governance as well as challenges that existing governance mechanisms face when fostering green growth, such as in scaling up energy efficiency or smart-grid technologies, which could profit from enhanced regional governance and co-ordination. Furthermore, it focuses on support for innovation commercialisation and policies to accelerate the diffusion of eco-innovations and to boost green technology exports.

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