Västerås Municipality
Sweden

Population: 114181
Area of jurisdiction: 1137.84 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 80% by 2050 (1990) 90% by 2050 (2009)
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: 90% by 2050 (1990) n/a
Renewable energy target: 40% by 2020 n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a 25% by 2020 (2009)
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2013 ):  70,801 tCO2e

Other available GHG inventories: 1990, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Mitigation actions

New biogas fueling station
Svensk Växtkraft has opened a new fueling station in Västerås. It is the third filling station in Västerås and fifth in Västmanland. Biogas is produced from organic waste that households leave in the brown paper bags and grassland crops that farmers grow. The waste and crops are digested in Svensk Växtkrafts plant at Gryta in Västerås. Start year 2014
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Klimatmatchen Västerås (competition for young people in sports teams)
Climate match is a competition for young people aged 10 to 16 years participating in a sports team or leisure group. The competition is about to ride a bike, car sharing or use public transport as much as you can to their activities during the month of September. Start year 2014
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Recykling, new life for old bikes
By the project "Recykling" has international students the opportunity to rent a used, but renovated bike. Bikes that has been discarded or abandoned at some of the municipal housing company's properties have been renovated and is now ready for rental. They are for foreign students studying in more than a year and are in need of a cheap and environmentally friendly mode of transport. During the rental period also includes repairs due to normal wear. Start year 2014
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Västerås Environmental Prize
Each year the City of Västerås appoints the winner for the Environment Award to a business or organization who has done something good for environmental and / or climate. The award is given on Guldstänk that is Västerås gala for the enterprising Västerås. This year, the prize sum of SEK 100 000 and the price went to Kraft boys for Scandinavia's largest photovoltaic park. Guldstänk has been held since 2004, and many talented companies and entrepreneurs have received prizes. Guldstänk was created because of and is an event in cooperation with the aim to highlight and reward good role models and ambassadors for entrepreneurship, innovation and marketing in a forum where representatives from industry and the public participate and meet. The aim is also to create a "team spirit" and pride of the companies that they are with and contribute to Västerås development and growth. Start year 2013
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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New waste plan
Västerås has today a well-functioning waste management system including collection and anaerobic digestion of food waste, recycling centers for bulky waste and hazardous waste, curbside collection in many apartment areas and has developed an information campaign on waste management. With the new waste plan Västerås city wants to create the conditions for a continuous waste planning process and continuing to work towards sustainable development. Start year 2012
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Vett & Watt 2,0 (energy saving education for children and adolecents)
Vett & Watt 2.0 is an education model aimed at children and adolescents. The aim is to create an understanding of energy efficiency and renewable energy, and to actually reduce energy consumption. Start year 2014
Sector Residential
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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More Baltic Biogas Bus
In the Baltic Biogas Bus project (2009-2012) cities and regions around the Baltic Sea teamed up to make plans to use biogas driven buses. The project generated strategies to introduce biogas as well as analysis on necessary measures in biogas production, distribution and bus operations. In the extension stage project (2013- 2014) key investments will be made and evaluated by the whole partnership. The main share of the budget is used for investments in eco-driving systems, serial hybrid biogas buses and small scale biogas upgrading. The extension stage project involves partners from Sweden, Norway, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Start year 2013
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Innovation Competition LYS Climate smart technology
Mälardalen University, together with Eskilstuna, Västerås and Sustainable Business Mälardalen (Susbiz) searched for innovative and climate-smart solutions. To find these solutions, they announced the innovation competition LYS in climate-efficient technology with four competition categories: climate friendly outdoor lighting, indoor climate-lighting, climate-shading and visualization of energy use. The competition took place between March 4 and April 22. The winners have now been appointed and their solutions will be on to the local test environment. Start year 2014
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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European mobility week Västerås
A mobility management project with a goal to increase the share of employees going to work by bicycle and at the same time increase these persons’ health status. Employees sign up to take their bike to work a certain number of days per week during av period of 6 or 12 months. They get health exams before and after the period. They also get a kit with for example helmet and studded winter tires. These kind of mobility management campaign has proved to give long lasting behavior changes. Start year 2010
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Hälsotramparkampanj (Bicycle campaign for employees)
A mobility management project with a goal to increase the share of employees going to work by bicycle and at the same time increase these persons’ health status. Employees sign up to take their bike to work a certain number of days per week during av period of 6 or 12 months. They get health exams before and after the period. They also get a kit with for example helmet and studded winter tires. These kind of mobility management campaign has proved to give long lasting behavior changes. Start year 2015
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Looking for Funding
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Parking program
The Parking Program is the governing documents regarding parking for cars and bicycles in the city of Västerås. The program will contribute to: • Efficient use of land, • More sustainable travel, • Economically favorable urban planning, • Creation of attractive urban environments, • A more accessible city Start year 2013
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Parking guidelines and flexible parking numbers
Parking guidelines will be used in the city of Västerås to become sustainable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its transport system. The guidelines and the flexible parking rates motivate builders and developers to build fewer car parking lots and more bicycle parking. This provides a better use of land which instead can be used for a more dense housing and recreation. Start year 2013
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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The perfect bicycle parking lot
A brochure will be developed during 2014. The brochure will be used in communicating with builders and developers to inspire them to build really good bicycle parking. Start year 2014
Sector Transport
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Post closure and final cover of old landfill sites
Reduces climate gas emissions from organic waste deposited in the landfill. The coverage also significantly reduces the infiltration of water into the landfill body and hereby minimizes the leakage of contaminants to ground and surface water. Start year 2010
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Municipal partnerships between Gaborone City Council and the City of Västerås: Management and Coordination
Resources for new and existing projects in waste management. In addition to the two cities also VafabMiljö AB participates as a key player in the partnership. The steering group will ensure that projects are managed and developed based on a LOI where eight areas identified and qualified staff with the right mandate included in the project groups. Start year 2013
Sector Waste
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Pre study for Needs-driven, innovation possible and Climate efficient projects with Baltic Partnerships for New ERDF East Central Sweden (BIK)
The municipality is participating in a project led by the Sustainable Business Mälardalen. 5 applications to ERDF East Central Sweden will be prepared in the following five areas: climate-efficient technology, sustainable transport, water, waste and land issues, and Sustainable IT. Start year 2014
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Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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Knowledge in the carrot field
The aim of the project was to find out based on the Law on Public Procurement how to procure food from local growers. One of the aims was to increase awareness among students about how food is produced, and thus get more understanding of a "greener" meal. We therefore wanted to take part of successful projects and procurements in England. There is much to learn from each other in Europe for a better climate. Cooperation with the UK continues to develop during this autumn. Start year 2012
Sector Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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Waste to Biogas in Bolivia (WABB)
A strategy on how to produce biogas from waste in La Paz and El Alto, respectively. The strategy looks at different technologies and infrastructural systems as well as institutional barriers, an economic analysis and total estimated greenhouse gas emissions. Start year 2012
Sector Waste
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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Travel Survey
In spring 2011, Västerås City performed a travel survey among city residents. The car is the means of transport that most residents use when they want to move. This is in brief the result of the travel survey, which 2,000 people responded to. In the study, respondents also keep a diary in which they were asked to describe what or which mode of transport they used in one day. The travel diary also reveals that nearly half of all trips can be linked to leisure time pursuits. Start year 2011
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status Completed
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Energy conference HUB 2014
2014 is the year when the future energy transformation are discussed more than ever in Sweden. In October starts HUB2014, a new national energy conference that gathers the energy industry's leading decision-makers to deepen the most important future discussions. The conference is organized by the ECC, Energy Competence Center, in cooperation with ABB, Bombardier, Mälarenergi, Westinghouse, Mälardalen University, Västerås City, Västmanland County Administrative Board and Kokpunkten Energy Arena. Start year 2014
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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EHCC City Tour 2014
During Earth Hour City Challenge 2013-14 WWF organized a city tour during February to March 2014. Västerås was one of the participating cities and about 150 participants came at the council where the students presented their work. The event was very successful and offered many learning experiences for all involved. Here were fantastic dialogue occasions where different stakeholders met to discuss sustainable urban development. Not least brought the city tour together politicians and other community stakeholders with pupils who presented visions of the future of their cities to 2030. Students' work was a key element of the tour and is based on collaboration between schools, community and the WWF as part of the pedagogical model "Our city 2030" . Start year 2013
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Programme for intermodal freight infrastructure
The program describes how Västerås want to contribute to regional and national sustainable freight transport chain where the various modes interact in an intermodal system by Västerås think globally and act locally. The program also recognizes the international views of Västerås, Mälardalen region and Sweden's place in Europe and the world. The program is a tool for Västerås that by active measures, in terms of infrastructure investments and business planning, contributing to regional and national sustainable and intermodal freight transports. Start year 2013
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Future Alley (smart energy apartment building)
Housing for tomorrow's needs with a focus on smarter energy use! Those who live in Future Alley will during the first two years be part of a project that is about how they, through their behavior can use energy smarter. This means that the residents will be able to see how much energy they consume and get tips and advice on how they can reduce their use. Researchers assigned to the project and those who live in the Future Alley will be interviewed on a couple of occasions during the project. In the Future Alley, the residents can be involved and make a difference. And at the same time stay true modern. Start year 2014
Sector Residential
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Wind Turbine
Mimer is the largest housing company in Västerås and owned by the city of Västerås. The company strives to throughout the business contribute to the development of a sustainable society. The investment in a wind turbine gives Mimer a low and predictable electricity price for more than 20 years. The expected average production for the wind turbine is approximately 8 GWh per year, equivalent to about 40 percent of Mimer's electricity consumption. Mimer's wind turbines will be part of a wind farm with a total of nine wind turbines. The park is built on Bösjövarden located in the northern part of Mora Municipality, Dalarna County. Wind Measurements show that the site has excellent wind conditions with 7.6 m / sec in average wind speed at 100 m height. Start year 2014
Sector Industrial
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Source sorting of household waste in Gabarone, Botswana
The project is a part of the municipal partnership between Västerås and Gaborone. The aim of the project is to introduce source separation of household waste in a test area of Gaborone and thereby reduce the ammount of waste going to landfill and increase the recycling of raw material. The long term goal is to introduce source separation in all of Gaborone (approximately 230 000 inhabitants). Start year 2014
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Environmental certification or diploma of hospitality industry
Higher and higher environmental requirements for conference centers, restaurants and hotels affects the entire hospitality industry. To meet the demands of clients several facilities in the hospitality industry needs to achieve certification or diploma. To accelerate the implementation previously mentioned businesses together with parts of the hospitality industry have planned activities with Swedish certification body in order to facilitate and accelerate the process. Start year 2014
Sector Commercial
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status Looking for Funding
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Climate challenge (inspiration and challenge for companies)
During 2014 the Energy advisors in Västerås municipal challenge one household name in climate diet. Every month has a theme and the purpose is to inspire the citizens to also climate diet and reduce their impact on the climate. The Climate Challenge is communicated by social media as the municipals website, face book and Twitter. The Climate Challenge has also been publicized by three newspapers and the local radio station. Start year 2014
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Gäddeholm- An energy-efficient small house area
Herrgårdsängen in Gäddeholm is a brand new small house area with over a hundred low-energy house in the beautiful Lake Mälaren landscape. The area is located approximately 10 km southeast of Västerås. There are 45 completed houses and more houses are being built. All houses on the Herrgårdsängen will be built according to Västerås energy requirements with its own energy efficient environmentally friendly heating, good insulation and ventilation. To the area it has been built a pedestrian and cycle path into Vasteras. Start year 2009
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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System for collection of methane from landfill
In order to improve the extraction of landfill gas from the landfill at Gryta a review of the entire collection system was conducted during 2011-2013. 66 extraction wells were built in the landfill area and the gas outlet was supplemented with the possibility of individual control of each well in the system. The purpose of this regulation, which is based on automated methane measuring on the output from each well, was to optimize the overall recovery of landfill gas from the landfill. Start year 2010
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Expansion of biogasplant
An expansion of the existing biogas plant is planned to be achieved by installing an additional digester and associated buffer tanks and improved hygienization capacity. Substrates for the expanded digestion capacity is expected to be cultivated crops, such as ley, corn or other suitable crops and source separated organic waste and organic waste from industry. Start year 2013
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Västeråsbarometern (monitoring tool)
Västeråsbarometern is a tool to monitoring targets and describe the situation in the environment and public health in Västerås. The monitoring is done using a variety of indicators. Together the indicators show where we are going and if we reach the environmental targets. Using Västeråsbarometern, the public, media and politicians can follow the environmental and public health work in the city of Västerås. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Climate compensation, Power Big Meet
The City of Västerås has the last 6 years climate compensated by purchasing emission allowances on the carbon emissions that occur in connection with the Power Big Meet, Europe's largest car meet for classic American cars. This year bought Västerås allowances equivalent to 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Västerås city compensates for approximately 210,000 kilometers of cruising. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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The future apartment
Take a look into the future! The way we want to live in is changing. Then accommodation also must do it. Therefore, the municipal housing company Bostads AB Mimer, along with over 30 partners, thought how an apartment might look like 2026. The result is a thought-provoking experience, full of smart and sustainable solutions. The idea that Mimer had was to make the 1960s aging apartments to modern homes with brain and heart. Sustainability, comfort and energy savings is the green wire in our future residents. For more than one year the apartment was open for tours and educational visits. Now you can visit the apartment on the web instead. Start year 2010
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Low-temperature district heating
To connect to low energy houses district heating can not conventional district heating technique bee used. This technology is not cost effective. Therefore, the municipal energy company Mälarenergi instead developed a solution that is more economical from a life cycle perspective. The solution primarily means that the losses you normally have in the district heating network must be reduced. This is done by • Reduce district heating temperature • Improve insulation on heat culvert. Mälarenergi allows today a loss of up to 7 W / m and this is up to 50% better than normal. • Size the culvert in the right way so you do not have unnecessarily large culverts. This will also reduce the investment costs but this is reduced mainly through the coordinated construction of other infrastructure and roads. You can not build district heating system in retrospect. Mälarenergi have now built six areas in Västerås with this technique. Start year 2011
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Biogas XPOSE
This project aims to improve the production of biomethane from waste to demonstrate the great potential this has as a source of renewable energy. The project covers the whole biogas cycle, from the testing of new materials and technologies in the production stage to the improvement of biogas supply chain. It will be implemented in the Swedish region East who expect to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 400,000 tons (in the whole region), increasing the production of biogas by 1 000 GWh and increase the use of biomethane as a fuel for vehicles to 5%. VafabMiljö is a regional waste company owned by the municipalities, including the municipality of Västerås. Start year 2013
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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"Heat driven" white goods
The municipal energy company Mälarenergi implements a project with heat-driven white goods designed to: Develop, demonstrate and evaluate district heating-run white goods (Field Test). Investigate financial and technical capabilities. Reduce power consumption and increase the thermal energy base of low energy houses so that district heating can be justified even though lower heating needs in the future of construction. Currently, white goods (dishwashers, washing machines) have been installed in the municipal housing company Bostads AB Mimer’s newly built neighborhood Råseglet consisting of 160 apartments. For tenants, the use of heat-driven white goods become cheaper as district heating in Västerås is much cheaper than electricity. Each apartment will use about 700 kWh of heat rather than electricity. The goal of this project is also to replace electricity with heat and thus take advantage of the electricity to other things. If you also use district heating from a CHP more electricity can be produced as a result. Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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The first Nordic MW solar park
Outside Västerås the company Kraftpojkarna has built a solar park. The municipal energy company Mälarenergi has committed to purchase all the electricity produced for 15 years, and will in turn sell it on to their customers. It’s also possible for private individuals to book “their own” solar trackers. The solar park is the largest in the Nordic and the first in the Nordic region with 1 MW of installed capacity. It will also be the largest solar park in the Nordic with solar trackers and will allow comparison of six different types: 1 - resp. 2-axis solar tracking and fixed systems, each with or without "power optimizers." The purpose of the different types is to do research on what is the most efficient from an operational economic perspective. The research will be conducted by Mälardalen University, Mälarenergi and Kraftpojkarna. Start year 2013
Sector Industrial
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status Completed
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Sustainable City district "Öster Mälarstrand"
Öster Mälarstrand Phase 3 will be Västerås first sustainable neighborhood through the development of the district will participate in the project Sustainability Certification of neighborhoods. The project is run by Sweden Green Building Council (SGBC) to make a Swedish manual for sustainability certification of neighborhoods by translating the English system BREEAM Communities into Swedish. In Västerås, the project will be operated and financed by Mälardalen Strandens Development AB, owned by the City of Västerås and private construction firms JM and Peab. Start year 2013
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Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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Vett & Watt (study circles for residents on energy issues)
Västerås is participating in a regional cooperation which is a unique network of over 80 companies, agencies and organizations as members. Association Agenda 21 is a non-profit organization that works for the region to become the best in sustainable development: environmental, economic and social. The association strives to be a networker, prods and knowledge bank. Since 2007 the association runs a number of energy and climate projects. The target group has varied between individuals and businesses. Last two years a large educational project is driven to the public called "Vett och watt." So far, more than 100 citizens in Västerås attended courses and dozens of trainers work in Västerås. Start year 2012
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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"Gröna Draken" the magazine on sustainable development
Västerås participating in regional cooperation which is a unique network of over 80 companies, agencies and organizations as members. Association Agenda 21 is a non-profit organization that works for the region to become the best in sustainable development: environmental, economic and social. Association strives to be a networker, prods and knowledge bank. Association Agenda 21 has since 1994 published a magazine on sustainable development, to all 130,000 households in the region (of which nearly 70,000 are in Västerås). The magazine is published 4 times a year and as an e-journal and speech-Journal. In recent years, much focus has been on the climate issue. Start year 1994
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Youth Congress on Sustainable development
Annual congress that brings together about 150 students (16 years old) from across the region, but the majority of the students come from Västerås. The day includes workshops and lectures. Energy and climate change is the theme of the Congress 2014. Start year 2009
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status Completed
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Earth Hour Västerås
The City of Västerås has for some years taken part in Earth Hour, which occurs in March every year. For one hour a specific Saturday in March each yearit is thought that we should all turn off our lights and join in the campaign to show that we care about our planet and that we want to reduce global warming. During Earth Hour this year Västerås along with a number of partners held a manifestation in the city center where over 300 people attended - we also did our "own" Eart hour song with a musicvideo. Start year 2013
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Gaborone transfer and recycling station (GTARS)
The overall objective is a more efficient waste management in The GTARS project is a part of the Municipal Partnership between Västerås and Gaborone, Botswana. This project will produce a feasibility study for a waste transfer and recycling facility in Gaborone. Once the facility is in place and operating, GHG emissions will be reduced mainly through a significant reduction of waste transports and through an increased level of material recycling that will replace landfilling. Furthermore, the project raises the level of environmental awareness among the stakeholders. Start year 2013
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Gaborone Vasteras partnership - Development and broadening
The purpose with this development and broadening is to enter the next step to start up waste separation activities connected to the Gaborone Transfer and Recycling Station-project. Information and education will be critical components to achieve the overriding goal of increased recycling and a sustainable development of Gaborone. Start year 2013
Sector Waste
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Gaborone-Vasteras: Inception
The partnership has led to a draft project description preparing for the future work with establishing a transfer/recycling station. This project shall be implemented in cooperation with Linköping University (LiU), based on earlier studies performed by LiU in Gaborone. The project can thus be enlarged to also include other parts of the Gaborone community, which would help create employment and develop the local trade and industry, while at the same time reducing the environmental impact as well as the City Council’s costs for waste management. The partnership can also benefit Swedish companies, e.g. by export of Swedish appliances to Botswana, and by involving knowledge-based companies in future projects. During the visits, gender equality questions have also been raised. For example, no women work at the waste incineration plant visited in Sweden, whereas both men and women hold leading positions in both partner cities. Start year 2010
Sector Waste
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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Jinan Municipal Partnership - Västerås: Inception - Sustainable Challenge Partnership
The city of Jinan in Shandong province in China and the city of Västerås in a preliminary study examines the possible collaborative projects for sustainable development where business development and youth exchanges are the focus. In connection with this, Jinan demand of industry and municipal involvement in the expansion of a neighborhood with an ecological focus in Jinan in Sino-Swedish Eco-City Project. 2 LOI has been signed in 2013 and 2014, contacts between Jinan City and the City of Västerås is based on a regional cooperation agreement signed between the County Administrative Board of Västmanland and Shandong Province. Start year 2014
Sector Industrial processes and product use (IPPU)
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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Västerås Port
Västerås and its port is geographically in central to a strong growth region where land transport systems have capacity problems resulting in undesirable environmental impacts. Because the route through Lake Mälaren has been adapted for larger vessels must also Västerås port be customized to receive them. In order to load and unload a large amount of cargo at the port will quays, areas and associated infrastructure be adapted. Start year 2013
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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3B (development of the station area and travel center)
A project for the structural changes that benefit travel by public transport and increasing walking and cycling. The project also aims to develop the travel center to allow for more regional and local public transport. In addition, the project includes a densification of the city, which will lead to old industrial land remediated and stormwater taken better care of. The project will work with innovative environmental technologies for the management of storm water, waste water, energy and waste. Start year 2011
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Climate compensation for flight travel
As of 1 July 2009, all business travel with flights, which the staff of the City of Västerås undertake has been subject to climate compensation. Climate compensation is considered to be an effective way for administrations to carefully select the most environmentally friendly mode of transport before undertaking business travel. The extra cost which will be added to all flight travel will go to a municipal climate account from which the administrations can request funding to finance pressing climate measures. Start year 2009
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Type Regulatory
Status Completed
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Solar powered wood dryer
With the support of Västerås Municipality and the County Administrative Board of Västmanland a solar wood dryer was built by the Labour market department during spring 2012. It has been built from recycled materials from greenhouses that were left after the closure of the city garden. The climate smart wood dryer has now become operational. The purpose of the construction of the solar wood dryer has been to develop a sustainable method on drying firewood by using local resources. The wood dryer contributes to practical work experience within the Labour market department, and is a good example of that the ecological and social sustainability can go hand in hand. Start year 2012
Sector Industrial processes and product use (IPPU)
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Eco labeled electricity
For several years now, all electricity purchased by the municipality and the municipal housing company, Bostads AB Mimer is renewable and labeled with Good Environmental Choice (Bra Miljöval). Start year 2009
Sector  
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Solar panels on municipal buildings
The City of Västerås has through The Real Estate Department, installed solar panels on the municipality's buildings since 2008. Today there are 11 roof mounted photovoltaic systems on a total area of 2,475 square meters in operation and more plants are planned to be constructed in 2013. Most of the plants are located on schools but also on part of the City Hall's roof. Start year 2008
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Green IT strategy
By allowing the e-strategic action plan to take height for a sustainable approach it helps to meet this goal. The e-Strategic Action Plan is also steering in the range of Green IT. Working actively with Green IT means that sustainable processes and practices is promoted. E-government work is an natural part of a sustainable work through its focus on e-services and digital approach that reduces paper consumption and the need for travel but also focuses on sustainable work practices in a broader perspective. By making e-government work to be characterized by a sustainable approach conditions are given to Västerås to be at the forefront of climate transition work and to be a model for other municipalities. Start year 2012
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Bicycle Council
The City of Västerås has started a bicycle Council. The Bicycle Council's mission is to work to improve the dialogue between the The City of Västerås, the residents, interest groups and the bicycle business. The Council includes politicians, officials, residents and representatives from associations and businesses. The Council meets four times a year during the evenings. Start year 2011
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Cycel Travel Planner
City of Västerås has a cycle travel planner so you can see the shortest or best route to your destination. You can select alternative route, you can see the altitude differences, the estimated travel time, calories burned and a lot of other things, including where there are air pumps. In 2013, the travel planner updated with new maps and new addresses. There is also a mobile version that supports both Android and iPhone. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Nordic Twin Town Climate Cooperation 2012-2016
In 2007 the Nordic cities of Aalesund, Lahti, Randers, Akureyri and Västerås met in Aalesund, Norway. Since then, we have had yearly meetings and we have had the chance to visit each town and learn more about each other. The topic for every meeting/conference have been ”Climate change” and we have all signed a ”Nordic climate declaration” which is the foundation in our cooperation. (see uploaded file). All five member cities agree that the twin town climate cooperation is very useful. However, in Randers in 2010 we also agreed that it is crucial to the continuation of our work to develop a more structured and focused method of cooperation. Therefore, representatives from each city formed a steering group which since then has worked on establishing guidelines to improve the efficiency of our cooperation. Start year 2011
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Save the food Now!
In the autumn of 2012 environment and health protection department began a campaign to reduce food waste in Västerås. The campaign is a way to attract people's interest in the problem that we throw away more and more of the food we buy. One way to reduce food waste is to bring home the food you can't manage to eat on the restaurant in a doggie bag. In Västerås we call the doggy bag for GoBag to highlight the positive. Start year 2012
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
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The future of food
The future of food is a food project that the City of Västerås runs to promote a healthy lifestyle with good eating habits in children, adolescents and the elderly with respect for the environment and climate. The main goals are to get more satisfied diners, increasing the proportion of organic food and reducing the carbon footprint of food. The future of food has in 2011 and 2012 been driven in five schools and kindergartens. During 2013, both municipal and private service providers had the chance to apply to be included in the project. Nine additional units are now included in the project and these units must be at the forefront of how all kindergartens, schools and nursing homes will work in city of Västerås as of 2014. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Low-energy housing
Build future housing today. By making wise choices in new buildings can be reduced energy during the entire life of the building. All houses built on municipal land in Vasteras must meet the requirements for low energy buildings according to the city's definition. Since the introduction of the requirement for low energy building in 2009, 920 low energy homes has been built. Start year 2009
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Type Regulatory
Status In progress
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Pilot project-Property Owners button (energy savings in buildings)
Property Owners button ensures that electricity use is at the minimum level when school is not in use during evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. The power saving function is started automatically. Some electricity is necessary so that the operation of fire alarms, burglar alarms, fridges and freezers work. The system has functioned well and is an investment that saves both energy and the environment in our buildings. The Property Owners Button is installed in one school so far. Start year 2009
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Energy hunters (educational materials on energy issues for school children)
Energy hunters -an investment for the future where students get the opportunity to work in an inspiring, fun and active way with energy issues. The Real Estate Department in Västerås, together with the project manager who is a teacher has produced educational materials consisting of a teacher's guide and a textbook. The material is integrated with a pedagogical approach that promotes different learning styles. The material also contains many explanatory graphics. An activity box for experiments and practical exercises (electricity meters, thermometers, etc.) are also included in the package. Start year 2010
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Unit 6 co-incineration plant
A project is currently ongoing to modernise the combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Västerås. It involves Mälarenergi phasing out the oldest parts of the plant and replacing them with a robust and reliable facility named “Unit 6”. The new Unit 6 is a co-incineration plant with an ability to prepare its own fuel. It is also one of a kind in the world because of the fuel flexibility. Both waste and biofuel can be used to fire the new boiler. Building a boiler that can burn more than one type of fuel provides us with great flexibility to accommodate changes in the fuel market, which means that we can continue to supply reasonably priced district heating. When the new co-incineration plant is taken in operation we estimate that carbon dioxide emissions will decrease as a result of phasing out fossils fuels such as peat. Start year 2011
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Replacement of street lighting luminaires
The street lighting in Västerås covers about 26,000 points of light. By 2015, all light bulbs with mercury will be replaced and in connection with this we will switch to energy saving light bulbs like LED or high pressure sodium. Investment in new light sources provide an economic saving for the municipality, while providing a positive environmental effect. Start year 2011
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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New public transport system
In August 2013 Västerås got a new public transport system. The new public transport system consists of seven main lines with very high frequency. The key words for the new public transport system is "simpler, more often, more quickly." The goal is that travel by public transport will increase by 40% in five years. At the start of the new public transport system 24 new biogas buses were purchased. The Biogas buses are driven on locally produced biogas and are adapted to urban conditions that will lead to lower noise levels. Nowadays all the city buses are driven on biogas in Västerås. Start year 2010
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Plan for increased interest in cycling in Västerås 2009-2013
The aim of the Action Plan is to create conditions for increased interest in cycling and thereby contribute to an attractive and environmentally friendly city. The action plan includes infrastructure projects, operation and maintenance, and influence actions. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Transport councelling
Västerås have a transport advisor who is working with transportation advice and Mobility Management measures. The work is conducted in three groups: businesses, citizens and the city's own organization. Every year an action plan is established where activities to reach each target group is defined and adopted by the Technical Committee. Previous year activities are monitored and evaluated. Examples of activities: bike to work campaign, neighbourhood campaigns and promotion of the city's travel guidelines. Start year 2009
Sector Transport
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Energy and climate councelling for companies
The municipality will encourage companies in Västerås to be more energy efficient. Industrial companys are often able to reduce their energy use by 20-40%. The so-called service sector (eg. hotels, hairdressers and hotels) in Västerås has increased its energy use steadily since 1990 and this needs attention. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Extended energy and climate counselling
The energy and climate counsellors in the municipality works to raise the knowledge and give practical advice to the people and the business section in the city. They give advice about energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and transportation. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Energy saving campaign
Energy saving campaign in differens areas of the city to help spreading the energy and climate information to citizens and businesses in Västerås. The campaign also includes information about waste related to energy and climate. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Climate Challenge Västerås (CCV)
Climate Challenge Västerås (CCV) is a project that highlights the companies in Västerås which reduce costs and create competitive advantage through their energy and climate work. CCV brings together expertise, advisors, partners and role models that entrepreneurs can benefit greatly from in the development of its climate work. CCV targets companies in different sectors that take climate change seriously. Through collaboration with other stakeholders we want to develop Västerås businesses to be competitive in a future with new demands from the environment. CCV spreads role models from the business world that shows how an ambitious climate effort can bring business benefits, increased profitability and reduced costs. Start year 2012
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Västerås Energy plan 2007-2015
The energy plan decided in 2007 includes impact goals aimed at reducing energy consumption and promoting renewable energy. Since many of the goals in the plan already have been fulfilled and Västerås recently developed the Climate Programme it was decided to integrate the Energy plan in the Climate Program. Start year 2007
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Västerås Environmental Programme
The Environmental Programme is a strategic document that shows Västerås focus in the environmental field over the next 20 years. The program aims to achieve a clearly measurable improvement and includes long-term goals broken down to impact goals to give effect in the short term. The work has been divided into four different areas: Climate change, natural and cultural resources, harmful substances and the built environment. Start year 2005
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Västerås Masterplan 2026
How do we want the municipality to which we want to live and work in should look like? How should it be developed so that all residents feel proud, feel good and are safe? The Strategic Master Plan 2026 with outlook for 2050 presents strategies and guidelines for how we will work to achieve the vision and move towards the sustainable Västerås. The time horizon of the plan's strategies and goals are far with a horizon of 40 years. Nevertheless, it is important to immediately begin to work on several of the plan's proposals, as urban and community building takes and will take a long time for a good result to be achieved. A broad collaboration between the municipality, property owners, developers, industry, university and especially the residents are required to reach the common goal - an attractive, environmental friendly and safe Västerås! Start year 2012
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Västerås Climate Programme- Action Plan
The Action Plan for the Climate program describes all measures Västerås is planning to implement to the target year 2020. Measures are in three sectors, energy, traffic/ transportation, and agriculture/ food and with two boundaries, geographical area and the municipal organization. The action plan also contains a chapter that describes baseline and current situation for GHG emissions in Västerås. Entered information in the form refers to the years between 2009 and 2020 and is the sum of all of its actions, some of which also are reported as separate measures. Start year 2012
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Västerås Climate Programme
Västerås climate program was adopted in May 2012. The Climate Programme explains why Västerås will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the municipality as a geographical area, and as an organization. The program also sets the goal and vision that we will work towards and how we will work to achieve the vision. Start year 2012
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Adaptation actions

Climate adaptation plan
There is a need to develop an action plan for climate adaptation in order to take into account future climate change in action planning and the built environment. In an initial study, which has been produced needs for further investigation has been suggested. The work plan will start in 2014 with relevant departments and companies in the organization. Start year 2014
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Initial study on Adaptation to climate change
Västerås is facing a major work and different challenges for adapting functions in society as the climate changes. The municipality must be adapted to the climate change we are already noticing of today and those that we can not prevent in the future. During the fall 2012 - spring 2013 Västerås conducted an initial study on how climate adaptation work should be conducted in the city of Västerås. The initial studie will now be used as a basis for further work on a climate change adaptation plan. Start year 2012
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Västerås Water plan 2012-2021
Perhaps the most important resource we have is a good drinking water. In order to assure the residents of a good drinking water both in the short and long term, Västerås city adopted a water plan. By 2021, all the water in Västmanland will attain the norm good ecological and chemical status. To achieve this, municipal administrations and companies need to work together to reduce the amount of nutrients and pollutants. We also need to create free migration routes for fish that can’t reach their spawning grounds due to the expansion of different types of dams and power plants in waterways. Start year 2012
Sector Water Resources
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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