Umeå Region


Type of Region: Cross-border

The city of Umeå is the centre of growth in northern Sweden and capital of Västerbotten County. The city is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe in a sparsely populated arctic region with a strong focus on research and development. Umeå has a vision to reach 200 000 inhabitants 2050 and the growth is to be reached by social, economic, environmental, and cultural sustainability. In 2015 the NGO Cradlenet Norr set up it´s nothern branch to create a meeting plattform for everyone interested in learning more about circular economy in the area. The city council has set up a goal to become a leader in circular economy, in the strategic plan of 2016-2018. Since then Umeå has participated i.e. the OECD program on Circular Cities and Regions, signed the EU Circular Cities declaration, and has employed a dedicated Project Manager for Circular economy and a City Council strategy for circular economy will be developed in 2021. The Municipality has 12 000 employed. Excellence in social and gender mainstreaming in urban development. The city of Umeå has adopted targets to be climate neutral by 2030, and be a frontrunner in measuring consumption-based emissions. Umeå also recently signed the first national Climate Cities Contract in Europe in line with the "EU mission for 100 climate neutral cities by 2030- by and for citizens." On top of this Umeå is one of the medium-sized cities in Europe with the highest reported environmental awareness (Vienna University of Technology 2014).

April 2016

Feasibility study on the circular economy

The feasibility study, conducted by Esam, aimed to raise awareness on the circular economy especially across local business and seek for potential project partners for the municipality.
April 2016

June 2015

Regional survey on circular economy knowledge

Esam conducts a survey about intrest and knowledge levels of stakeholders regarding circular economy
June 2015


Supporting Social & Circular Procurement 
and enabling sustainable lifestyles

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