Viable Cities

Climate Neutral Cities 2030

2019 -


Swedish Energy Agency
In partnership with Viable Cities - a network of 9 Swedish municipalities (Enköping, Gothenburg, Järfälla, Lund, Malmö, Stockholm, Umeå, Uppsala and Växjö) and their partners - Dark Matter Labs is building an explorative methodology on how to create post-carbon municipalities through identifying key areas of intervention along with the strategic risks and opportunities linked to them. Viable Cities have been allocated a budget of €100m over 12 years to invest in identified areas of intervention through research and innovation.

1. Scope of the project
Climate change is a symptom of a structural code failure of our society, and a complex problem deeply entangled with our ways of living and producing which cannot be addressed from one policy field in isolation. This involves stretching the transition landscape and catalysing bold actions to reframe our institutions for equitable and circular economy, responsible and groundbreaking technological development and the cultural/behavioural shifts toward sustainable and entrepreneurial society while building a robust portfolio of options that recognises contextual and cultural factors as cardinal points of reference.

2. The speed required
This great transition will simultaneously drive both an unprecedented reconfiguration in value – both private and public - and the creation of radical new lead markets for innovation (e.g. market for alternative energy sources). With the speed of climate change comes an increasing urgency to act. When 0.5 degree warming translates to 61 million more people experiencing water scarcity, including in Sweden, rapid action is not only required, it is the only way.

3. The place of transition
Cities are crucial places for implementing such a transition. They are the economic engines of our 21st century economy, where the top 600 cities account for 60% of global GDP, and a primary site of democratic deliberation and societal consensus for the changes ahead.

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We’re a distributed team with presence around the world.

Dark Matter Laboratories B.V.
Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 181K
1019 HC Amsterdam

KvK number: 75174405

United Kingdom
Dark Matter Laboratories Limited
217 Mare Street
London, E8 3QE

Company number: 13294211

Laboratoires de Matière sombre / Dark Matter LabsOrganisation à but non-lucratif canadien / Canadian not-for-profit 
6107 Av. de Monkland
Montréal, Québec
H4A 1H5

Numéro de l'organisation / Corporation number: 1196376-7

South Korea
주식회사 다크매터랩스코리아 / Dark Matter Labs Korea Co., Ltd 
#301, Pyeongtaek 5-ro 20beon-gil 8,
Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do, 17902

경기도 평택시 평택5로 20번길 8, 301호, 우편번호 17902
사업자등록증: 808-88-01717

Mörk Materia Laboratoriet AB / Dark Matter Labs Sweden
Amiralsgatan 76 
21437, Malmö

Registration number: 559305-1047