Here you can read about some of our accomplishments and efforts in recent years.
Energy sufficiency is energy efficiency risen to another level. It’s about having enough, but not using too much. It’s about making other choices, so we all can live within the limits of our planet’s resources.
In urban communities, around 80% of the car trips are shorter than 3-4 km. Where a normal bike or taking the bus might not be a convenient alternative, an electric cargo bike could very well do the job.
We all know that a sustainable transport system does not happen overnight, but where do we start? There is not just ONE solution for us to achieve a sustainable transport system. The first step can be to ask yourself – is this trip really necessary? If it is – what are your choices?
As an energy agency, our mission is to support the public sector, businesses, and the citizens to make other choices, leading to an energy sufficient society. We know how important cities are in the transition and that they often act as forerunners.
In the CoBiUM project, cities have been creating awareness of cargo bikes and showing how they can work in everyday life through lending schemes aimed at residents, businesses, and municipal services. The purpose was to give potential users a chance to try riding a cargo bike for a period, providing the personal experience needed before deciding to buy one, as a cargo bike is a substantial investment.
Having an energy sufficient approach to travel means choosing to use a sustainable mean of transport such as a cargo bike instead of a car, even if the car is affordable or more convenient, hence, making an active choice to be energy sufficient.
This article was first published on fedarene.org in 2022.
For questions, contact Johanna Wallin
The international project Act NOW works with municipalities in Southeast Sweden to promote energy efficiency management.
For three years, the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden has worked within
the international project Act NOW. The project aims to support municipalities for energy-efficient property management. “Our goal is to strengthen our members, the public sector, with the development and use of more efficient energy monitoring, collection of energy data and monitoring of energy performance. It is also about bridging various forms of administrative barriers that slow down decision-processes and initiatives for energy efficiency by highlighting various innovative financing methods”, says Johan Milton, project manager at the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden. “It feels great to see our work yield positive results.”
By participating in the Act NOW project, Mönsterås municipality changed its systematic work with their buildings. The municipality now has an approach of value-raising of their buildings rather than ordinary maintenance of the buildings. By focusing on preventive maintaining instead of ordinary, they
avoid future problems in the buildings such as mould, moist, etc.
Marcus Olsson, building manager at Mönsterås municipality stated: ”the cooperation with Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden and the repeatedly organised local energy group meetings have been a spur for us. It has boosted the internal strategic energy efficiency work. Also, the capacity building activities within the project have led to a new approach from our financial department and we handle future investments differently. The long-term strategic energy efficiency work has now a stronger position in the budget. Our next step is to develop a premises supply plan to ensure we make the most efficient use of the existing buildings and premises we have in our building stock.
In addition to the changes in the internal work, with improved routines and a complete review of the properties, Mönsterås municipality has developed a new function as an operations technician for the buildings. The first task for Albin Berg, the newly employed operations technician, was to prepare the settings of the municipality for the new automated energy monitoring system that saves time, provides better supervision and an overview of operation and energy statistics.
Albin Berg says: “now we will have significantly better control of the properties and good conditions to reduce problems and maintenance costs in our properties.”
This article was published on fedarene.org in 2020.
For questions, contact project manager Johan Milton.
Read how Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden has been working to spread the concept of municipal co-distribution of goods since 2013, reducing CO2 emissions and congestion in city centres, and increasing the competition and the local market opportunities.
Municipalities in Sweden make large purchases of food, office supplies and consumables for their own operations delivered by urban freight transport.
Each supplier manages its own distribution individually, which means that a school or an elderly home can receive multiple deliveries during one day contributing to air pollution e.g. CO2 emissions and congestion in the city centres.
Municipal co-distribution of goods implies that all products from external suppliers are delivered to an urban consolidation centre and reloaded to one vehicle for distribution to municipal recipients. The business model has evolved from an isolated innovation developed in 1999 to an approach implemented in
42 municipalities by 2018, or every seventh Swedish municipality.
The Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden has been working to spread the concept of municipal co-distribution of goods since 2013, starting with pilot studies developing to implementation projects, which now has resulted in the hosting of a national support centre.
The process of implementation is somewhat time-consuming, with costs upfront and several steps including political decisions. But the long-term cost savings and the lowered emissions make the concept well worth to adapt.
This article was published on fedarene.org in 2020.
For questions, contact project manager Fredrik MårdhThe new technology for small-scale biomass-based district heating combines heat and power in South East Sweden, Sweden. This bio-based electricity generation could cover 2-7 % of total electricity demand in Sweden.
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technologies based on biomass combustion have great potential to reduce CO2 emissions because they use renewable energy sources, such as wood fuels or sawdust. Typical
fields of application for biomass CHP plants are wood processing industries, sawmills, district heating systems and industries with a high process heat and cooling demand. In order for CHP plants to operate in a way that is economically and ecologically beneficial, both the electricity
and the heat produced must be used.
CHP technology is already available in Swedish and European markets. Due to the high installation costs, and a lack of information about its efficiency, the technology is, however, currently not widely used in small-scale plants. Extensive research has been undertaken to illustrate the vast environmental potential of CHP technology but a larger initiative that looks at increasing market application is still needed.
In Sweden, nearly all district heating is biomass-based. However, not all plants generate both heat and power. Today, there are around 300 district heating plants (<10 MWheat) that only produce heat. With new technology for small-scale combined heat and power (CHP), bio-based electricity generation could increase by 2-9 TWh (2-7 % of total electricity demand in Sweden).
This project will demonstrate different small-scale biomass CHP technologies. The aim is to pave the way for a broader application of biomass CHP technology. The knowledge gained will be disseminated on a regional, national and European level. There are three main objectives:
3 techniques are available for the demonstration of bio-based small-scale CHP generation. The new technologies have the potential for increasing the total production of green electricity from biomass by 2-7% for all of Sweden. One of the promising technology for small-scale CHP is an organic rankine cycle (ORC) technology, which uses a closed turbine system with an organic medium with a boiling point below water.
The electricity is generated by using hot water from the boiler and cold return water. This technology is demonstrated at Ronneby municipality in southeast Sweden. The demonstration is performed within the EU project Life+ Small Scale CHP from Biomass (2014-2019). A gasifier at a dairy and a wet steam technology at a district heating plant is also part of the project.
The project has among its expected results, greater knowledge about the environmental performance of biomass-based CHP technology and increased use of biomass as a renewable fuel.
This article was published on fedarene.org in 2018.
Read more about the project Small Scale CHP Life+.
For questions, contact communication officer Johanna Wallin