Karlstad Municipality
Sweden

Population: 88509
Area of jurisdiction: 1517.74 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 25% by 2020 (2008) 30% by 2020 (2009)
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: % by 2020 (2008) % by 2020 (2009)
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2014 ):  62,396 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

coordinated goods distribution (samordnad varudistribution)
Coordinated goods distribution; Every year the municipality of Karlstad received 35,500 deliveries. Only the food which the municipality buys weighs 3000 tons per year. By coordinating deliveries, the number of shipments halved and it leads to a better environment and increased road safety in kindergartens and schools. This means that the goods are delivered to the same place, then repackaged and shipped to various municipal activities by the planned tours. Today shipped all goods ordered by each provider and creates many unnecessary journeys. Therefore, pushing the municipality of Karlstad project coordinated goods distribution to reduce the number of transports. Coordination makes it possible to set requirements on the vehicle and the type of fuel used for deliveries. Objectives of the project: • Environmental savings through fewer shipments and environmentally friendly vehicles. This contributes to reduced emissions • Increased road safety as supplies become less • Stronger involvement of local and regional suppliers for contracts because suppliers need only deliver goods to a place • Better service because the staff receives deliveries on fewer occasions Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Bus rapid transit BRT (Utveckling av Karlstadsstråket)
The overall purpose of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Karlstad is that along with Karlstad Central Station, a coherent, accessible and sustainable transport system. To achieve the vision of "Quality of Life Karlstad 100,000" need modal split changes so that more trips are carried out with public transport, walking and cycling today. This is reflected in the council decided the traffic plan. The ambition expressed in Karlstad municipality's traffic plan is to create a more balanced transport system in which the bus and the bike's competitiveness will be promoted over the car. The traffic plan it is stated: "it is important to state Karlstad reduces transport needs and the proportion of short journeys". To view plan objectives for bus traffic travel times to be achieved requires an efficient public transport system. The board of City Planning, be tasked, in cooperation with other partners, work to apply for funds under the Transport Administration's Urban Environment Agreements under the proposals presented in the investigation in the BRT -Karlstad Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Looking for Funding
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Electrical buss (Elbussar)
Karlstadsbuss has started running three environmentally friendly, quiet buses. Elbuss is emission-free and saves about 80% energy compared to a correspondingly large diesel or gas bus. The electricity comes from Karlstad energy and is naturally green electricity. The noise level is very low, which gives a comfortable ride and contributes to a pleasant urban environment. Karlstad is one of the first cities in Sweden and Europe that focus on pure electric power. The initiative is an important step towards a sustainable Karlstad. Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Sustainable transport in a growing Värmland (Hållbart resande i ett växande Värmland)
The aim of the project "Sustainable transport in a growing Varmland" is that in a three years period more people are switching modes from the car to walk, cycle or take public transport to create low-carbon and energy-efficient solutions for the transport in Varmland. This will be achieved through collaboration between private and public actors through analysis, exchange of experience and knowledge development. The project will be a part already in the early community planning but also in existing operations. Methods of implementation and application of the Mobility Management (MM) -Steps will be large parts of the project. With MM measures affected behaviors and attitudes to a more efficient use of transportation resources, and the project will also lead to an increased observance of equality and integration in the utilization of the transport system. Mobility Management (MM) is the general term for strategies aimed at more efficient use of transportation resources through behavioral and attitudinal change. MM is a cost-effective instrument for making transport and mobility more sustainable. It is a complement to technological and infrastructure measures to achieve sustainable mobility on multiple levels: local, national and European level. The project objective is to: The proportion of sustainable travel will increase by more citizens and visitors in Varmland choose to walk, cycle or travel by public transport. Subgoal • The proportion of sustainable trade trips will increase by 10% from 2016 to 2018. • Increase the proportion of sustainable commuting in the participating companies by 10% from 2016 to 2018. • Develop three new tools / aids to support builders' work on energy efficiency in the exploitation. • Seven new service offerings that contribute to improving the attractiveness of sustainable transports. Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status Looking for Funding
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Funded project from climate account 2015 (Beviljade projekt i klimatkontot 2015)
All the trips we do produce emissions of greenhouse gases that drive climate change. When we travel by car and airplane in service since 2008, we pay a fee to a climate account: 20 percent of the ticket for the flight, nine percent of mileage rates in your own car and 300 per year and car leasing cars. Climate Money for climate projects The revenue from fees must be used for projects within the municipality to reduce our climate impact elsewhere. Our goal is of course to reduce all our emissions, but in this way we can in the meantime also compensate for the impact we have. When you seek money from the account climatic and implement projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions you contribute to our environmental goals while also creating commitment among employees and reduce costs. 17 applications granted in 2015 The applications have been assessed on the extent to which they believed to counteract greenhouse gas emissions. Four assessment factors have been set for this: direct reduced climate impact of the project, the ability to scale up, to what degree it may have spillover effects, and finally whether the project is innovative, that is, if it can teach us a new way of doing something which we then can take advantage of to further reduce climate impact. Start year  
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Climate sustainability food (Klimatsmart mat)
In the municipality's environmental and climate strategy, it appears that the municipality of Karlstad will reduce the share of carbon dioxide emissions, and to increase the share of organic food to 35% in 2015 and 50% in 2020. Eating climate sustainabilty food is generally about eating more vegetables and less meat, more NEAREST and seasonally grown, more organic and last but not least to use the food, we actually buys and takes us on a plate. Climate Smart Food means reduced environmental impact, better health and reduced risk of disease. Food accounts for a large part of our environmental impact, both in terms of emissions of greenhouse gases and the spread of chemicals. The project aims to: • increase the proportion of organic purchases of food and increase the use of vegetables, • reduce purchasing and meat (mainly beef). • Reduce food waste (plate wastage and serving wastage) • reduce the share of carbon dioxide emissions, for example, the purchase of food • inform / educate guardians, teachers, principals, preschool directors, students, children and catering staff of the benefits of climate-smart choices. Project goals: Increasing Climate smart food in the municipal nursery-basic and secondary schools Increase knowledge of why one should choose climate friendly food. Start year  
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Actionplan for sustainable transport (Handlingsplan för hållbara transporter)
Action plan for sustainable transport in Karlstad municipality for 2016-2018. Over three years, 15 million sek per year set aside to work on sustainable transport. Measures comprises soft and hard measures in walking, cycling, public transport and transport interchanges. The Action Plan aims to show the orientation of the measures for sustainable transport in the years 2016 to 2018. The Action Plan connects to several of the municipality's objectives: - The people of Karlstad have good opportunities for sustainable transport - Security and availability of our public spaces will increase. - Climate impact of energy and transport sector will decrease by 25 percent between 2008 and in 2020. Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Aviation biofuel (Bioflygbränsle)
Europe’s first storage tank facility for aviation biofuel opens in Karlstad Karlstad Airport has become the first airport in Europe to install a fixed storage tank facility for aviation biofuel. The facility officially opened on Thursday 26 June and the first regular commercial flight in Sweden to be made using aviation biofuel will fly from Karlstad on the same day. From the start of 2015 all aircraft departing from Karlstad Airport can be filled with the eco-friendly fuel. Start year 2014
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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The advice room (Rådrummet)
RÅDRUMMET - THE ADVICE ROOM. Rådrummet is a place concerning municipal advisors answering questions within environmental and consumer issues. Rådrummet started in 1998. At that time, the centre was the first of its kind in Sweden. Rådrummet gives advice regarding waste disposal, energy and climate, environmental, transport, Fair Trade and consumer issues. The advisors also visit companies and take part in meetings and lectures. Rådrummet also receive study visits from associations and students among others. The advice and information is professional, free of charge, and neutral. Start year 1998
Sector  
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Environmental millions (Miljömiljonerna)
One of Karlstad Municipality's overall goal for year 2020 is to decrease the climate impact from the use of energy and transport in the community by 25 percent between 2008 and 2020. In order to achieve the goal, Karlstads' politicians allocated funds to reduce municipal environmental and climate impact. The focus on energy and environmental actions have taken place in several stages and includes 231 400 000 SEK for the years 2007 to 2014. Start year 2007
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Biogas buses (Biogasbussar)
Six of ten, or more than fifty thousand Karlstad residents travel every month with Karlstadsbuss buses. As part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the municipality, the City Council took the decision to procure buses running on biogas. From July 1, 2013, Karlstad residents is travelling by biogas buses. Karlstadsbuss own ambition is to accelerate and push development of an attractive public transport that leads to double amount of travels. Start year 2011
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Biomass CHP (Fliseldat kraftvärmeverk)
To make Karlstad municipality continue to grow and to be able to carry on deliver district heating for a long time to come, Karlstad is now investing in a new biomass fuel CHP. This will be beneficial for the customers and for the environment. When the last stage of Heden 3 is complete, Karlstads Energy will be able to phase out the very last fossil oil from the production and at the same time double the renewable electric production at Heden plant. When the new CHP is put into operation, Karlstad Energy’s contribution to the Municipality’s vision “the good green city” increases. Heden Stage 3 is calculated to cost one billion SEK which would be the biggest investment ever done by the municipality of Karlstad. Like today, most of the fuel arriving to Heden continues to come from nearby forests. The main part is residues from forestry and the forest industry, resources that otherwise would be lost but is very well suited to be used for the production of district heating. Through the investment, Karlstad Energy is also opening up for further jobs in the region. Start year 2011
Sector Industrial processes and product use (IPPU)
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Climate account (Klimatkontot)
The purpose of the Climate account is to compensate for greenhouse emissions, that occurs from business trips and use the money as climate efficiently as possible. The climate compensation money can be used: • In the area of energy Technology for reduced electricity use, energy efficient lighting, energy audits, renewable energy, solar cells and solar panels. • In the area of transport Equipment for free meetings, route optimization, developing a travel reservation system, coordination of transport, eco-driving training. • In the area of consumption Recycling, reduce food wastage, procurement of ecological and climate-smart foods. • Others Own ideas and innovative solutions that provides the basis for development, such as courses and conferences, climate days, literature, production of information, promotions, contests, prizes, method development, investigations and surveys. Start year 2014
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Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Waste plan (Avfallsplan)
The waste plans' aim is to contribute to the national environmental quality goals and be a strategic document to guide waste management towards a higher degree of utilization of resources. The waste plan have four focus areas with a number of aims related to each area. -Preventing waste and littering -Using waste as a resource -Reduce the waste hazards -Plan and cooperate for sustainable waste management To meet the aims of these focus areas, measures to develop waste management in the municipality of Karlstad has been developed. Systems for recycling must be accessible and easy to understand for the municipal citizens. The focus of a successful waste management is that it should be easy for fellow urbanite to sort their waste right. Start year 2014
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Environment and climate strategy (Miljö- och klimatstrategi)
Environment and Climate Strategy is one of the three sustainability strategies in the municipality's strategic plan and adopted by City Council in September 2011. It sets goals for climate work and it will guide us towards the goals. We must stay ahead and be innovative in order to stimulate a sustainable development. It is also about the sustainable development of the city where access to green spaces and water is important. A successful environmental and climate work requires that environmental issues are managed at all levels of the municipality. Through the Strategic Plan with its three sustainability strategies linked economy and operational issues nowadays together in a more pronounced way. Start year 2011
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Non travel meetings (Resfria möten)
The project "Non travel meetings" are run by the Environmental Department and the City Management, with the goal that the percentage of non travel meetings will increase in Municipality of Karlstad, by finding technical solutions with an alternative to time-consuming, costly and environmentally-loaded missions. With the help of technology, you can instead have meetings via teleconference and web meetings. Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions

Flood program (Översvämningsprogram)
Karlstad municipality has developed a flood program which includes Klarälven and Vänern. The program establishes how the municipality will work to meet the current and future risks of flooding. In recent years the municipality of Karlstad has made great efforts to raise awareness and the level of ambition in the process of flooding. Based on the measurements, information, data and experience, different types of analyzes has been conducted which has led to greater knowledge and understanding among officials and politicians. Start year 2010
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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