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allow different species to move between the park and green spaces within the development, old oak trees will be protected, and the closest homes to the park will be carefully distanced and feature height restrictions to better integrate them into the surrounding nature.


The new cultural district will be situated in the site’s old gasworks – home to 100-year- old heritage buildings – and will include an opera house and museum or gallery. Creating green cultural buildings is something Stockholm is already focused on. The Stockholm cultural administration’s ‘Climatesmart Culture’ programme has overseen a number of projects, including installing LED lighting in areas of the City Museum of Stockholm and Kulturskolan, a city-run arts centre and an application for the EU’s Climate Change, Monuments & Heritage project, which aims to increase the energy effi ciency of historic buildings while preserving them. Solar cells have also been added to the roof of Kulturhuset, a cultural venue which also has an environmental- themed café and exhibition space, Ekoteket.


GREEN HOSPITALITY Separate from council initiatives, the city’s hospitality industry is contributing by following environmental guidelines.


In particular, green has become the


norm for hotel chains in Stockholm—as well as across Sweden and Scandinavia. The fact that several major new Stockholm hotel developments will operate with an eye to sustainability is just business as usual. Scandic, which operates 19 properties in the city, launched its fl agship location, the Scandic Grand Central, in a 100-year-old former offi ce building in 2011. The property was renovated to include Scandic’s regular environmental standards for Sweden, such as district heating based on renewable energy, advanced waste separation, energy-effi cient insulation and water-conserving showers.


Scandic, which is based in Stockholm and operates 140 hotels around the Nordic region and northern Europe, began its environmental programme in the 1990s, looking to promote energy effi ciency as a way of saving on costs. Today, its leading sustainability programme has come to defi ne the company. “We could never stop, because there’d be a revolution within the company,” says Inger Mattsson, Scandic’s manager of sustainable business. “It’s become a part of company culture.” Since 1996, Scandic has cut CO2 emissions per guest per night by 78 percent, energy consumption per


guest per night by 31 percent, water consumption per guest per night by 22 percent, and unsorted waste per guest per night by 40 percent. Each hotel compares consumption fi gures with others monthly, and all staff members receive extensive environmental training. A big effort is made to solicit green


ideas from all staff, which has been important, Mattsson, says. In 1994, one suggested not changing towels every night for long stay guests. “That’s become an industry standard,” he says. Like Stockholm, Scandic has big ambitions for going fossil fuel-free – the chain hopes to achieve this at its hotels by 2025, but it will be a big challenge. “Quite a lot of it is out of our hands. Take district heating – how do we infl uence society and suppliers in 10 different countries to deliver district heating based only on renewable energy?” Mattsson, says. “I believe we’ll manage, but it will be tough.” Rezidor has also long worked on sustainability in its Nordic hotels. The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel & Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre includes interesting environmental innovations. The hotel’s glass façades double as 1,040sq m solar collectors and gather 1 MW of energy daily, the equivalent of 90,000 normal low energy bulbs and the building is cooled by lake water stored in 250 tonnes of ice tanks in the basement.


The Operakällaren restaurant was awarded the Nordic Swan eco label 144 LEISURE HANDBOOK 2014


Rezidor’s Arlandia and Sky City hotels, located in Sigtuna Arlanda near Stockholm’s airport, are both participants in Respect Europe’s Climate Neutral Enterprise programme, and have brought their remaining emissions down to zero by supporting Clean Development Mechanism projects around the world; and each of Rezidor’s Swedish hotels has been certifi ed by the Nordic Swan eco-label.


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