Swedish companies in the field of green buildings and infrastructure enjoy a global reputation for their methods and usage of innovative technologies. Wooden building technology and low-energy housing solutions are areas where Sweden is at the forefront. The construction industry worldwide is growing at a rapid pace and offers great potential for Swedish companies. The main drivers of this growth are a greater focus on corporate social responsibility, higher energy costs, and government tax incentives. Sweden has a long tradition in the sector and has many leading-edge companies and advanced research in the field of green buildings and infrastructure.
Heating, cooling and energy efficiency
Sweden has the highest number of installed geothermal heat pumps in the world and is also home to some of the largest producers. The country is the world leader in district heating. What’s more, eighty percent of Swedish district heating is based on energy that would otherwise have gone to waste. Sweden is also a pioneer in district cooling with the first plant in operation 1992. There are today more than thirty district cooling plants in operation.
Waste & recycling
Sweden offers innovative solutions and extensive know-how in waste collection and recycling. We are the global leader when it comes to dealing with and recycling waste. The waste-to-energy systems we have developed have given waste a value. Sweden has extensive and efficient waste management systems in place and municipal waste in landfills is almost non-existent. About 99 per cent of all household waste is recycled as energy or materials, putting Sweden at the top in this area.
Water & wastewater
Integrated water management is a Swedish specialty. Sweden has one of the most far-reaching effluent standards in the world for treated wastewater. Sewage treatment plants were introduced as early as the 1930s.
Sweden’s early investments in water and wastewater treatment technologies have led to the development of a wide range of innovative solutions of all types and sizes, which are being implemented in many countries around the world. Swedish companies have remained at the forefront of global innovation for securing sustainable water supplies for today and tomorrow, and there have been a number of innovations in the form of practical solutions for treating wastewater, sewage and brackish water, and for improving the quality of groundwater.