Hi peeps! Hope you are enjoying summer no matter where you are (unless you are in the southern hemisphere hehe). Stockholm’s weather has been incredible for the past weeks as the Sun shines every day and temperatures have stayed above 20 ºC. As days goes by, arrival days for new students come closer! Are you one of them? Congratulations, you’ll find so many amazing things from the very first moment you enter Sweden no matter how!
Let’s suppose that you’ll be arriving by train to the amazing city of Stockholm. Did you know that all trains are operated using clean energy? Sweden is proud to be one of the leading countries in environmental knowledge and clean solutions implementation; for example, they reached their goal of supplying at least 50 % of the total energy demand with renewables by 2012 when the goal was intended for… 2020! As a matter of fact, Stockholm is on its way to become a fossil fuel free city by 2040, I do think they’ll reach this goal even sooner!
Let’s suppose that you’ll arrive directly to Arlanda (Stockholm’s international airport), state-owned airport operated by Swedavia. These are some of the things that you may not notice, but they are making your experience as sustainable as possible,
- Low-power LED lighting (plus other energy implementations have helped Arlanda to cut its energy use by almost a third in the period from 2005-2012).
- Feeling cold during winter? Biofuel system to heat its terminals, hangar and airfield buildings.
- Only airport in the world that has a cap on carbon dioxide emissions in its environmental permit. As stated in Swedavia’s page, this means that “emissions from aircraft taking off and landing, from vehicular traffic to and from the airport, from internal vehicular traffic and from the heating of buildings may not exceed the level produced in 1990.”
- Water is collected by a series of wells so it can be recycled or used in the heating systems…
…and so on!
Ok, you have arrived and then? Coming to the city from the airport by commuter train or fast train? Powered by renewables! Coming by bus? All busses are powered by biofuels! Taking a taxi? There’s a pretty high chance that your taxi is going to be a hybrid or even a Tesla #FirstWorldTransportation! So bottom line… looking forward to see you here! And even if you are not a future student, I’m pretty sure you’ll love this amazing city!
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