Växjö Municipality
Sweden

Population: 87212
Area of jurisdiction: 1914 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 100% by 2030 (1993) 100% by 2020 (1999)
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: 65% by 2020 (1993) n/a
Renewable energy target: 100% by 2030 n/a
Energy efficiency target: 20% by 2020 (2008) n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 1993 ):  0 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

Positive energy house Åsaliden
The Åsaliden positive energy house is a pilot project, where a single family house has been built by the Växjö Energy and the organisation Miljösmarta Hus. The house is designed to produce more energy over the year than it consumes. A test family moved in April 2013 and will stay 2 years. The house has PVs and solar collectors. Excess heat and power is distributed on the grid. So far it seems to be a success. Start year 2013
Sector Residential
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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The SESAC project
In the SESAC project Växjö built energy efficient apartments and renovated a school. The project was of great importance for introducing the thinking of energy efficient construction in Växjö, and have also contrubuted to the expertise among our municipal real estate companies. The project was co-financed by EU, and the of the the costs declared above, 3 137 000 USD is estimated to be due to the energy efficient technology. Start year 2005
Sector Residential
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Climate Commission
The Climate Commission was an initiative by the City of Växjö, where representatives from different stakeholders (politicians and officials from the city, the university, the energy company, industries and transport companies) gathered and discussed the climate targets of Växjö, as well as identified actions/strategies that needed to be taken in order to achieve a Fossil Fuel Free Växjö. A report was made, which was then followed up every year until 2011. Start year 2007
Sector  
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status Completed
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Policy for climate friendlier cars
The City of Växjö municipal administration uses about 300 cars. Given the fact that the municipality is both urban and rural, the infratsructure of fuel availability makes it difficult to order everyone to use renewable fuels. However, after procurement, there is a policy saying that the priority should alwasy be either electric cars or cars using biogas or ethanol, before considering energy efficient fossil cars. This policy is taken seriously in the organisation. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Local grants for energy conversion in households
Växjö has long traditions in connecting houses to the district energy, but we have lots of people living in the countryside. During some years, households were offered a contribution of 25 % of the costs if they installed a biomass boiler and got rid of their oil boiler. Nearly 300 households accepted, so it was popular. Nowadays, there is almost no use of oil at all in the residential sector in Växjö, not even in the countryside. Start year 1998
Sector Residential
Type  
Status Completed
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The SAMS project
The SAMS project aimed at reduce the consumption of household electricity in Växjö by 5%, by visualising the energy consumption better to the consumers. This was mostly done through a webpage where citizens could monitor their electricity use from day to day. It was also connected to massive information campaigns. Even if the target was not achieved it showed that it is quite simple to reduce electricity when you can monitor your use easier. Start year 2008
Sector Residential
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status Completed
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Project ELMOS
This EU financed project aims to increase the awareness and interest in electric mobility. In Växjö we have focused on the introduction of electric bikes (pedelecs). The city has made it possible for citizens to try a pedelec during two weeks. Estimated over 5000 persons have been able to try them. Pedelecs are an excellent alternative to car in shorter distances. We also invested in a parking garage for pedelecs and bikes. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Transport Plan of Växjö
Växjö is in its final stages to adopt a new Sustainable Transport Plan, in which strategies and actions towards a more sustainable transport system are addressed. Focus areas include cycling, walking, public transport, city planning, goods deliveries, e-mobility and mobility management. The plan will be adopted during 2014 and will help Växjö reach the climate targets. Start year 2014
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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The ENGAGE project
Växjö participated in this European project, which focused on engaging citizens in the local energy and climate work. Posters were made where citizens had their photo and a promise they made to reduce the energy use and CO2 emissions. In Växjö 200 persons participated on 150 posters. Start year 2011
Sector  
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status Completed
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Energy Plan of Växjö
The energy plan of Växjö was adopted in 2011 and include strategies for how the City of Växjö is going to behave in its policies in order to take the most important steps towards towards a sustainable energy system in the nearest future. It includes strategies for renewable energy (such as how to increase small scale renewable electricity production), energy efficiency (such as policies for maximum energy use when constructing new buildings), renewable fuels (incl introduction of electric vehicles), energy security, and others (including how to work with the business sector). The energy plan is follwed up regularly, and will probably be updated/revised every fourth year. Start year 2011
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Sustainable steps
Since 2011, all 11-year old pupils in Växjö are visiting the energy company VEAB's combined heat and power plant, in order to learn more about the local energy system. After the visit, the pupils are requested to contribute with their ideas for how we can save more energy in our daily life. Some of these energy saving ideas have been collected in a booklet and printed, and handed out at special events. It is however not possible to estimate saved amount of energy or saved CO2 emissions because of this. Start year 2011
Sector  
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Green Data Center
Växjö Energy has together with other actors invested in a more energy efficient server hall. Normally, server halls are using lots of electricity for cooling. This server hall is instead connected to the district cooling system, using waste cooling from the nearby shopping mall. The water in the district heating system becomes warmer in the server hall, which makes it perfect for the use of keeping the nearby football pitch free from ice and snow in a bigger period og the year. In total, the electricity use has been reduced by 40% and the total energy use by 29%. Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Coordinated goods transports
The City of Växjö has started a system where all goods to the different departments, schools, kindergartens etc are delivered to a consolidation centre. There, the goods is reloaded on other trucks that travels in loops to the delivery places. This means that the number of trucks coming to for instance a kindergarten is reduced a lot, the travel distance is shorter, and CO2 is reduced. On top of that we are also changing the fuel used by the trucks in the final delivery stage, securing even further reductions. In total we can see a reduction of 95% of CO2 compared to business as usual. Start year 2011
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Biogas plant
Organic household waste is collected and will be used for production of biogas. The biogas will mainly be used in the public transport system, thereby replacing about 1500 m3 of fossil fuels. This will reduce make the emssions of Växjö drop about 1 % more compared to 1993 levels. Over 80% of the households in Växjö are now participating in the sorting of organic waste. All buses in the city is using biogas since a year. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Bio-produced steam
A company that used to use fossil oil for steam production in their process received national grant for shifting to biomass. Instead of solid biomass, which was the initial thought, the company inbested in technology for bio-oil. They will though continue to solid biomass later. The company represented about one third of the oil use in the whole community. The CO2 emissions will drop by 3 % in they community. Start year 2009
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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New CHP plant
the construction of a new CHP plant in Växjö will make it possible to produce more electricity from wood. At the same time, the use of fossil oil and peat will be removed. Instead biooil and wood will be used. A big part of the reduction will be due to the removal of peat. Nearly 34 000 tons CO2 will be reduced compared to 2012 year's level. The RES will increase by 88 GWh compared to 2012. This investment will make the district heating and power production in the City of Växjö completely free from fossil fuels and the reduced amount represents about 15 % of the total CO2 emissions of 2012. Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions