Växjö, Sweden

Växjö, Sweden

  • Target: Fossil fuel free city - heating, electricity, cooling and fuels to stem from 100% renewable sources by 2030.
  • Status: In progress - Share of renewable energy at 60% in 2014.
  • RES: Biomass district heating system, and geothermal energy.
  • Implementation: The Swedish city of Växjö is located in the mid-southern county of Kronoberg in Sweden. The goal to become a fossil fuel free city was adopted in 1996. It began with a massive expansion of district heating systems and the use of forest biomass to feed these systems. This decreased its dependence on fossil fuels. The city also increased the use of geothermal energy. It launched its environmental program with the 100% target and outlined strategies, which included working with companies to support the shift to RES, working on energy efficiency,  and increasing the production of biogas, with requirements in public tenders for higher share of bio fuels in projects. Introducing renewables in the transport sector continues to be the greatest challenge.
  • Population: 66,275 (2017)
  • Area: 30.28 km2 (11.69 sq mi)
  • Link: https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2015/jul/06/european-cities-clean-energy-governments-eu-climate-targets
Växjö, Sweden

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