Below you can read about some of the projects Greenelizer have carried out. Our method transition design is a holistic approach where we look at the big picture in a given situation. Consequently most of our projects involves several different aspects of the transition towards a sustainable society.
The Greenhouse Hornstull is a cleantech showroom and urban center for sustainable development and retrofitting. The showroom building is constructed on a rooftop over an underground station in Stockholm city district Hornstull. In this project Greenelizer functioned as project manager for the construction of the building, working as mediators between the 30+ Swedish companies that have provided cleantech solutions for the building. This building functions as a living lab and showroom conveying to citizens, politicians, entrepreneurs, investors and foreign visitors how modern cleantech can form the foundation of sustainable building.
The showroom building utilizes a complex energy system incorporating techniques such as solar heating, heat recovery, photovoltaics, graetzel surfaces and wind generators. Heat from the underground premises below is recycled and used to heat the building. A computerized smart-grid management program keeps the system optimized, also allowing for detailed measuring of all functions.
Greenhouse Hornstull also functions as headquarters for 100 Hus Miljö, a local community transition project. In the summertime the two big terraces on either side of the showroom building houses a city farm on one side and a restaurant on the other side. Funding for the project was provided by, among others, Swedish government agencies Energimyndigheten and Tillväxtverket, as well as by the European Regional Development Fund. You can read Greenelizer’s construction blog from the building process here.
In the project ”Smart City SRS”, Greenelizer worked together with Swedish Interactive Institute to produce a prototype for a smartphone application. By integrating big data from city management sectors in the application, the goal is increase the user’s awareness on ”green behaviours” and sustainable actions. The system uses real-time feedback and incorporates pioneering augmented reality technology. The system will be able to answer questions like:
The project is funded by Vinnova and is designed to meet the vision of real-time feedback as outlined in the city’s sustainability program for the Stockholm Royal Seaport (SRS). Watch a movie explaining the Smart City SRS project on this link. To watch a movie where Greenelizer CEO Fredrik Forsman is holding a lecture on the SRS project, click this link.
Greenelizer is working together with the city of Stockholm in developing an industrial park in Stockholm suburb Högdalen into a model/template for sustainable transition of industrial parks.
This project started in 2011, and is part of Stockholm’s long term visions for 2030. One important goal of the project is to retrofit and transform the existing businesses to become more sustainable, another goal is to create a hub for development of new businesses working in the fields of sustainability. Greenelizer’s early work on this project includes visionary material created specifically for this area, showing how the transition might take place. Since the spring of 2013 Greenelizer is managing “Forum Högdalen”, a showroom on site in Högdalen (address: Stallarholmsvägen 49). Since the summer of 2013 Greenelizer also manages the project website.
Existing businesses in this area includes: Högdalenverket power plant, producing district heating and electricity from waste, a newly built biogas fueling station and the recycling company SITA.
This report was part of the project “The South in the Driving Seat – A global perspective on biofuels and sustainability”. The aim of the project was to give voice to stakeholders from countries in the south with potential to produce biofuels and to learn about their views about the sustainability of biofuels. Our report focuses on the opinions of Brazilian stakeholders. Besides questions related to sustainability, we also asked for opinions on the proposal for amendment of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED).
We made 15 interviews in Brazil for the report. We interviewed stakeholders with different perspectives such as producers (Raízen, Usina Ester, ABIOVE and UNICA), workers unions, governmental institutions (Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Commerce, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chief of Staff of the Presidency), NGOs (Social Network of Justice and Human Rights, Repórter Brasil, ECOA and the Landless Workers’ Movement – MST) and researchers at the Campinas State University. Most of the stakeholders agree that the biofuel industry is positive for the Brazil and that it is the most sustainable way forward.
This report was conducted at the request of Gröna Bilister (the Swedish Association of Green Motorists) and was partially funded by SIDA (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). The report can be downloaded here.
Hammarby Sjöstad is a district in central Stockholm, which from the early 90s on has been transformed from an industrial area into a modern housing district. This district has become famous for being a benchmark in Swedish ecological planning and building, and has received many impressed visitors from all over the world. Now the housing cooperative organisation of Hammarby Sjöstad has started a local initiative, HS2020, in order to further develop the district in a sustainable fashion.
One of the important aspects of the HS2020 initiative is to promote installment of energy efficiency measures in the apartment buildings. The goal is to reach a maximum of 100 kWh/sqm energy consumption in all houses in the district. For this purpose, HS2020 has commissioned Greenelizer to produce a hands-on energy efficiency manual that gives guidance for housing cooperatives that wish to minimize their energy consumption. The manual is constructed with the specific circumstances of the area in mind.