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Smart solutions for the future at H22

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

During the H22 City expo, the focus was on how Sweden's cities will become more sustainable together! CLOSER arranged a workshop in two parts where nine different municipalities participated and want to work together for more sustainable cities. Day two, CLOSER was part of H22's open program and presented solutions in transport, logistics and urban development.


— CLOSER started H22 with a two-part workshop. A "Best practice" where CLOSER told about what we are working on now and a "Next practice", where we looked ahead together with invited cities and regional companies with a focus on how we take common challenges further towards common solutions, says Anders Forsberg.

CLOSER also had an extensive program on day two that puts the spotlight on many different collaborative projects within the national program for transport efficiency.

— We have to think outside the box, think big too - what we call a system perspective. So think big act small !, said Anders Forsberg, CLOSER, during a seminar focusing on green and sustainable logistics, where project partners from RISE, Scania, the City of Helsingborg and several other municipalities from north to south participated.

Victoria Kindesjö from Scania was one of all partners on site. She works with the innovation project Elain and the participants got to know more about this digital service for sustainability-conscious carriers and freight forwarders, which is used to track and visualize CO2 emissions.


Helsingborg is named one of Europe's most innovative and climate-smart cities and has Sweden's best logistics location, according to Intelligent Logistics' latest ranking. Now the city of Helsingborg is taking the next step on the journey towards the goal of being Europe's most sustainable and fast-moving logistics hub. An important part of the logistics chain and the city center of the future is city logistics. Therefore, Helsingborg City is one of the organizations that on Tuesday will sign the Helsingborg Declaration, the logistics sector's equivalent to the Paris Agreement with a view to achieving climate neutrality in 2030.

CLOSER was one of many organizations that chose to sign.

Lindholmen Science Park in general

One thing that the city of Helsingborg announced during H22 is that they are now creating a National City Lab in collaboration with AI Sweden. It will be Sweden's first municipal AI lab with a view to developing new solutions for smart cities.

— In AI Sweden's data factory, we have seen the value of a neutral place where different types of actors can collaborate and share data. The establishment in Helsingborg aims to be able to continue to facilitate collaborations that might otherwise never happen and thus accelerate the use of AI in Sweden, says Kim Henriksson, test bed architect at AI Sweden.

Workshops, seminars and presentations have taken turns - and H22 City Expo continues until 3 July. Various initiatives and collaboration programs run by Lindholmen Science Park are on the agenda and many partners participate to spread knowledge about the development that is taking place, and what positive effects it can contribute to.

On 13 June, the Future of Democracy Summit brought together more than 100 leaders in business, politics, the media, academia, the public sector and civil society.
- We have worked with two main themes, digitalisation and democracy in the light of the war in Ukraine. What values ​​are at stake and how is Sweden affected? On the one hand, the basic question - how can Sweden be modernized with new technology while retaining the democratic core values? How can innovation power and competence from the business community be used to be better in the public sector ?, said Karin Hübinette, project manager for Future of Democracy - an initiative led by AI Sweden and Media & Democracy.

On June 14, Drive Sweden arranged for the second time the annual conference Klimatsmart Mobility 2030 together with Viable Cities, and this time it was launched on H22. CLOSER was also part of the program here. Viable Cities' mission is climate-neutral and sustainable cities by the year 2030, and Drive Sweden's vision is to create sustainable and secure mobility systems for people and goods that are accessible to all. The ambition now is to take concrete steps linked to the climate contracts and in this work use Drive Sweden's tools and unique networks.