Sustainable development initiatives
Today, both Sala Municipality and the rest of the world face major environmental and sustainability challenges. The goal of Sala Municipality is to grow while ensuring conditions for a good quality of life and a healthy environment. The municipality’s sustainability work is guided by Agenda 2030, the EU’s principles for gender equality, accessibility, non-discrimination and ecologically sustainable development, as well as by adopted national and regional environmental goals.
What do we do?
The municipality’s environmental goals focus mainly on four areas: reduced climate impact, good quality of life, eco-friendly services and sustainable consumption. Our choices matter, and all steps are important to bring about the big changes in the long run. Sustainability requirements are set in all municipal procurements and the public meal consists of a high proportion of organic and Swedish food. A large part of the municipality’s energy supply is based entirely on renewable electricity and heat and we are working for a fossil-free vehicle fleet by 2024. The municipal housing company and energy company are already fossil-free!
What can everyone do?
Energy use is costly for both the environment and your wallet. Sala Municipality offers free energy advice that can help you reduce your energy consumption. Energy and climate advice is available for the general public, companies and organizations.
In Sala, it’s free to take the bus. This not only has social benefits, but also offers residents a climate-neutral transport alternative because the buses used in public transit run completely on biogas produced from the compost waste of municipal residents. A LEADER-financed project is also underway, aimed at investigating the possibilities for local production of biogas using fertilizer as a substrate. More than 506 people in the municipality of Sala are employed in green industries, and residents and visitors can support local businesses by choosing sustainable, locally produced food.
Sala also has a vibrant tourism and hospitality industry, with great opportunities to vacation more locally for a reduced climate impact. Sala’s official event and visitor guide, Destination Sala, has suggestions and recommendations for exploring the municipality. Since 2016, Sala residents have also had the opportunity to share or borrow equipment for recreational activities from Fritidsbanken.
Welcome to Sala eco-municipality!