A new comprehensive travel survey shows that the vast majority of people who work in Arenastaden travel to the area in an emission-efficient way, using public transport, bicycle, walking, rechargeable car, moped or electric scooter. The proportion of chargeable cars has increased by 22% since the 2019 survey. Despite these high figures, the companies and employees in Arenastaden still want to further increase the share of sustainable travel.
The travel habits survey was carried out in early summer 2022 and targeted the approximately 22,000 people who work in the Arenastaden area. The survey shows, for example, that improved public transport and further investment in cycling infrastructure could encourage even more commuters to give up their cars.
The results show a pleasing 46% reduction in the climate footprint since the 2019 baseline measurement was made, with an increased share of electric vehicles and cyclists/walkers and a more flexible approach to work being the three main explanations for this reduction in emissions. As a result, Arenastaden has the lowest per capita commuting emissions of the ten urban districts and business parks that have so far conducted CERO analyses, according to Markus Robèrt, Senior Lecturer at SEED, Strategic Sustainability Studies at KTH.
“We are very pleased that, together with the companies and employees in the area, we have taken another step towards achieving our long-term goal of halving emissions from commuting to and from Arenastaden by 2030,” says Mia Häggström, Head of Sustainability at Fabege.
Together with ICA, Siemens, Carlsberg Sweden, SEB, Apoteket, Telia, Unibail Rodamco Westfield and Vattenfall, Fabege has started a network that, in close consultation with the municipality, Keolis and MTR, will continue to pursue this work in accordance with the action plan defined to ensure that the area complies with the global climate goals of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The planned measures include the continued roll-out of charging points for electric vehicles, improved cycle paths, new and/or improved public transport connections and an extended range of pooling services for cars, electric mopeds and electric bikes.
“Arenastaden has become a good example of how a powerful stakeholder-driven change process that aims to bring about a sustainable transport system can look, with property owners working together with companies to jointly address the Paris Agreement’s climate targets, study employees’ travel habits and identify an optimised combination of measures using scientifically developed methodology based on statistical behavioural analysis. Arenastaden is now a benchmark example in Sweden and also internationally,” says Markus Robèrt, Senior Lecturer at KTH and founder of CERO.
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