An international expert is in Australia and New Zealand this month to share global learnings and highlight how technological procurement and cross-collaboration can play a central role in shaping our future cities.

WSP Global Director of Future Cities, Agneta Persson, said that projects such as the Royal Seaport in Stockholm and the Brunnshög Lund project, can provide key learnings for many of our urban regeneration initiatives.


‘Royal Seaport is a vibrant 236 hectare waterfront community built on former industrial land. Phase one is complete and over the next 15 years, 10,000 new apartments and 30,000 new places to work will be created. Total carbon dioxide emissions per person, per year, will be less than 1.5 tonnes, compared to the current Stockholm average of 3.4 tonnes. The intention is to see Royal Seaport fossil-fuel free by 2030.


‘In another urban-shaping project, the new district of Brunnshög in Lund is set to house 10,000 residents and a commercial area that will cater for 15,000 employees. Brunnshög will also house the new European Spallation Source science centre and will be one of the most advanced scientific hubs in the world.


‘Through leveraging suitable technologies we are aiming for Brunnshög to generate 150% of its own energy needs and to become a net exporter of renewable energy to adjacent areas of the city.’


‘Here in Australia and New Zealand, we are seeing how the tried-and-tested technologies we have been using in the Nordics for some time can be used to improve our cities, by maximising energy-efficiency outcomes in precincts like Central Park in Sydney. We are also working with public and private sector clients to deploy smart technology across city transportation to improve operational efficiency and network capacity,’ Ms Persson concluded.


Agneta Persson

Agneta is the Global Director of Future Cities for WSP, Sweden.


A leading expert in sustainable energy systems, energy efficiency, low energy buildings, technology procurement, demand-side management and market transformation with 35 years’ experience in energy and environmental issues.


She has managed a number of sustainable energy efficiency and climate mitigation projects. One of these was for the implementation of the EU directive on energy services and the development of the first national energy efficiency action plan (NEEAP) in an eighteen month assignment for the Swedish Government. This work has informed the Swedish Government’s national policy plan for sustainable energy and climate.


Agneta is also a pioneer in the technology procurement area, with experience in developing, managing and implementing several successful Swedish and European projects.