Gävle Municipality
Sweden

Population: 98524
Area of jurisdiction: 3199.84 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 100% by 2030 (2013) n/a
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: 100% by 2050 100% by 2030
Energy efficiency target: 15% by 2020 (2010) 20% by 2020 (2009)
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2013 ):  0 tCO2e

Other available GHG inventories: 2011

Mitigation actions

Matakuten (Food Aid) – help for the needy and good for the environment
Matakuten is a not-for-profit initiative that involves collecting yesterday’s bread from shops, and sometimes salad and food from restaurants. The food is given to the vulnerable, or to organisations that also work with people in need, by Lasse Wennman, who manages the Matakuten initiative. Lasse has single-handedly run Matakuten on a volunteer basis for two years, but he restarted the initiative in 2014 with support from Gävle’s municipal recycling company, Gästrike återvinnare. He also uses a vehicle sponsored by a local car company, Bilbolaget. Matakuten’s activities are in line with goals that have been set in the Strategic Environmental Plan – to reduce food waste, and even Gästrike återvinnare’s objective to prevent waste. The bread and food Lasse receives benefits society rather than becoming waste! Start year 2012
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At least four new environmental-related positions have been created at Gävle Municipality
With the adoption of the Strategic Environmental Plan in 2013, Gävle Municipality has invested in several positions that will help the municipality to become one of the best environmental municipalities in Sweden. During 2014, three positions were created to work internally with Gävle Municipality’s 7,000 employees, and in 2015 an additional 1 ½ positions will be added to work externally with companies and residents within Gävle. The positions will work to reduce energy use in buildings and the environmental impacts of transport associated with company activities, as well as working with renewable energy, the environmental impacts of food, recycling and environmental demands on procurement. Start year 2014
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Winner of European Mobility Week Award
The European Mobility Week is an annual campaign in Europe with the purpose of improving the road environment for everyone. If more people leave their car at home, everyone benefits from a more pleasant urban environment with cleaner air, less noise, improved accessibility and safer roads. Cycling, walking and using public transport where possible helps individuals to be healthier and save money. Gävle Municipality has carried out Mobility Week for the past 8 years, and Gävle’s work with Mobility Week has received international recognition over the years. In 2009, Gävle won the European Mobility Week Award for its work on mobility during the week (Trafikantveckan). Gävle also made the top ten list in 2008, 2010 and 2011. In 2012, Gävle was one of three finalists and ended up sharing second place with another Swedish city, Östersund. Start year 2007
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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50% of Gävle municipality’s food purchases will be organic by 2020
Today, Gävle municipality is one of Sweden’s top thirty municipalities for organic food, and ensures that 26% of its food purchases are organic. Gävle municipality’s Strategic Environmental Plan has the objective to ensure that 50% of food purchases will be organic by 2020. In addition to the objective on organic food, Gävle municipality aims to reduce food waste and the quantity of meat consumed. Start year 2011
Sector Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Sustainable families in Gävle
Sustainable Families is a one-year campaign that has been carried out three times since 2008. Gävle families have been coached to change their behaviour and habits to become more environmentally responsible. The families typically meet about once a month, where they have listened to lectures, shared their experiences and received concrete advice and tips how they can live more environmentally and climate friendly in their everyday lives. The families’ involvement has reduced environmental impacts in all areas worked on. A total of 70 families have participated. Here are the results from the 2010-2011 campaign: • Household electricity reduced by 13% • Total heating reduced by 5% • Number of low-energy lights increased by 33% • Purchasing of organic and locally produced food increased by 34% • Car use reduced by 19% • Cycling increased by 7% • Bus travel increased by 41 % • Air travel reduced by 48% • 64% of the households now have environmentally certified electricity (previously 27%) • Today almost all household waste is sorted Start year 2008
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Transport Strategy part 1 and 2
Gävle municipality’s Transport Strategy is a document that guides the municipality’s work with transport issues in the coming years. The strategy consists of two parts; part 1 Vision and Goals, and part 2 Action Plan. The purpose of the Transport Strategy is essentially: • To provide a coherent strategy for how the transport system should develop in order to achieve a sustainable and attractive society from the perspective of environmental, economic and social sustainability. • To provide a document that consistently identifies transport issues and considers them in the context of other planning issues. Start year 2008
Sector Transport
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Cycling plan
Cycling is a easy, quick, healthy and cheap means of transport. It is an experience in itself and gives a great sense of freedom. The cycling plan is part of broader efforts to strengthen the position of cyclists in the transport system. Its long-term objective is to encourage more people to cycle in Gävle municipality, and to ensure that cyclists have a safe and comprehensive bicycle network they can rely on. The cycling plan was adopted in 2010 and applies until the end of 2025. The purpose of the cycling plan is to provide Gävle with a grounded and current plan for bicycle transport, both in overarching and detailed planning. The cycling plan is intended to be used as a tool for prioritisation and economic assessments. The cycling plan covers the entire infrastructure for cycling, including physical infrastructure with a core bicycle network and proposals for locations where conditions for cyclists need to be improved. These may include planning principles, such as detailed design, signposting, bicycle parking and maintenance. Start year 2010
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Energy Advisor
The Energy Advisor assignment is a two-year project position 130101-141231, which is partially financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, the municipal housing and energy companies, and the owner of the premises occupied by the municipality. The Energy Advisor’s task is to encourage municipal employees and occupants of municipally owned properties to consider their energy habits, and change their attitude and behaviour in order to ultimately reduce energy consumption. The Energy Advisor is responsible for planning and implementing training, and working with behaviour and attitude change within the area of property energy use. The objective is to reduce energy use by 10% by 2014 in the properties that are participating in the project (base year 2009). The occupants of the properties participating in the project are the target group. These include: • Children and young people • Employees • Gävle municipality’s employees Start year 2014
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System with district cooling
The development for distric cooling system is in progress during last year, 2013 and this year, 2014. In the fall of 2014 the first customers will be switched on.The share of CO2 emissions will reduce estimated at 75% against the situation we have now with local cooling solutions. A 900meter long tube from the production plant to the centre of Gävle was finished in spring 2014. During the fall in 2014 the urban network with transmission lines and connecting customers is under progress. Start year 2013
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The Vintercyclist
The Winter cyclist has been carried out for four years and aims to get more people cycling during winter. Current trends show that many people in Gävle and Gävleborg County cycle to and from work in the summer months, but not during the winter. The Winter Cyclist project aims to break this pattern by hosting a cycling challenge that, encourages cycling to work during the winter. The challenge is to cycle at least three days a week to and from work. The objective is for participants to substitute as many car journeys as possible with their bicycle, which helps to reduce carbon emissions. Winter cycling gives participants an increased well-being and more energy. Approximately 300 participants have been taken part during the four years. Start year 2010
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Strategic Environmental Plan
Gävle Municipality’s ambition is to be one of the best environmental municipalities in the country to live and work in. In 2013, the municipal council agreed on an Strategic Environmental Plan with objectives in seven areas. The Strategic Environmental Plan, which replaced Gävle Municipality’s local environmental objectives that were implemented in 2005, highlights what we can accomplish together. Future work within Gävle Municipality will involve the authorities, companies and organisations continuing to work with various activities to achieve the municipality’s environmental objectives. The Environmental Strategic Plan comprises of seven areas: • Energy • Transport • Consumption and waste • Land and the built environment • Nature • Water • Information and education Start year 2014
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A unique cooperation between business company´s and the municipality of Gävle leads to reduced carbon emissions
Gävle Energy, the subsidiary in municipality of Gävle has had for a long time a partnership with the industry concerning heat supplies. The collaboration has in year 2010 been developed and formed the plant Bomhus Energy AB. The collaboration newly built a biomass fuelled combined heat and power plant that producing steam for industrial, heat to the district heating networks and renewable electricity. The fuel from biomass comes mainly from the own factory, BillerudKorsnäs. An important part of the cooperation is to create resource efficiency. As a result, BillerudKorsnäs has focused more on making sure that the residual heat can be used in district heating system. 50-60% of the heat produces within the cooperation. The remaining production as needed to cover the heat demand in Gävle comes from Gävle Energy's own biomass fuelled combined heat and power which was launched already in year 2000. The collaboration with the biomass fuelled combined heat and power plant and the residual heat residual has resulted in a significantly reduction of fossil fuel. The use of oil has declined through the project with about 20 000 m3/year. Carbon dioxide emissions in Gävle have been reduced with 60 000 tonnes/year. This collaboration is sustainable in an economic and in an environmental perspective. Total emissions of carbon dioxide in Gävle's district heating production in 2013 were 10 g CO2/kWh (98.7% renewable) which also includes the transport of fuel. Start year 2010
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Adaptation actions