The City Council of Helsingborg has approved a new ambitious Climate and Energy Plan targeting climate neutrality already in the year 2035. This target involves all activities  present within municipality boundaries,  companies, public services and its 145 000 inhabitants. An additional goal of the plan is to improve resource efficiency in the city, for example by minimizing the ecological footprint per inhabitant to a sustainable level until 2045 the latest. In the year 2035, Solar PV is expected to represent 10% of the electricity need in Helsingborg, district heating will be based on 100% recovered and renewable energy already in 2024.

The new city plans go hand in hand with other regional ambitious strategies, such as Region Skåne’s goal to be 100 percent free of fossil fuels in energy consumption, public transport and vehicle use by 2020. With the regional energy utility company Öresundskraft AB and Region Skåne, the AREA 21 partnership comprises two leading stakeholders in the field, enabling mutual learning across the Baltic Sea Region.