Tuesday 3 January 2012

Växjö (Sweden): NEW Energy Plan is adopted !

In Växjö, during 2011, a massive process has been carried out in order to establish a fresh and ambitious energy plan - adopted in the end of December.

The City of Växjö has a long tradition of focusing and actively working on climate issues.

Back in 1996 Växjö had already a very ambitious strategy: it was decided that Växjö is going to be a Fossil Fuel Free city.
By 1980, biomass was used in the district heating in Växjö, and during the latest 20 years more effort has been made towards energy efficient dwellings.

However, even if the ambitions of Växjö are set high, no active energy plan has been adopted during a long time . The last one dated back in 1996, and since then new challenges need to be faced and many isolated actions were implemented.

The new energy plan contains specific targets for 2020, but focuses mainly on actions that need to be carried out by 2015. Furthermore, it also gives a hint that if Växjö is willing to be a Fossil Fuel Free city in 2030, these actions are not enough!
The plan is focusing on actions to be implemented mainly by the municipal organisations, but is also mentioning the importance of a close dialogue with other stakeholders whos involvement is key for the achievement of the local targets.

The energy plan contains 5 different chapters:

  • Renewable energy;
  • Efficient energy use;
  • Renewable fuels and energy efficient vehicles;
  • Security of energy supply;
  • Other energy and climate aspects.

Within each chapter a number of strategies and actions are mentioned. Some strategic actions that are worth mentioning include:

  • When refurbishing, the municipal organisations should always strive for a final energy use (excepting household appliances) of maximum 75 kWh/m2/year in dwellings and 70 kWh/m2/year in public buildings.
  • When building, the municipal organisation will only construct dwellings using less than 55 kWh/m2/year and public buildings using less than 50 kWh/m2/year.
  • The municipality is looking for solutions to improve the infrastructure of charging possibilities for electric vehicles.
  • Every municipal department and company develops a local plan containing solutions and practical actions on how to phase out fossil fuels.

The energy plan of Växjö will also replace the current Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) within the Covenant of Mayors.

For further information, please contact Henrik Johansson, the City of Växjö.

Absorption Cooling in the Hospital and University (Credit: Henrik Johansson)

Absorption Cooling in the Hospital and University (Credit: Henrik Johansson)

The Energy Efficient Araby School (Credit: Kari Ahlqvist)

Eco-buildings in the garden district Biskopshagen (Credit: Henrik Johansson)

Eco-buildings in the garden district Biskopshagen (Credit: Henrik Johansson)

Sweden’s largest newly constructed wooden houses built in Limnologen

Sweden’s largest newly constructed wooden houses built in Limnologen (Credit: Henrik Johansson)

Polygeneration from biological waste (Credit: Technical Department of Växjö)

Eco-buildings in Portvakten (Credit: Henrik Johansson)

PV Plant in Teleborg School (Credit: Henrik Johansson)

by Kinga Kovacs on 3 January 2012 / 991 visits

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