Southeast Sweden – Sustainable Energy Community of 5 municipalities in Kalmar County

City_SEC was a European project targeting European regions where few municipalities had signed the Covenant of Mayors (CoM). It intended to contribute to the removal of the social, administrative and legal barriers to the uptake of renewable energy use especially through training and raising awareness activities addressed both to local policy makers and to citizens. 44 municipalities from across Europe were involved in the project.

Southeast Sweden – Sustainable Energy Community of 5 municipalities in Kalmar County

The “Sustainable Energy Community of Kalmar County”, was a multi-level governance initiative within the European City_SEC project in which the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden supported 5 of the 12 municipalities in Kalmar in becoming a ‘sustainable energy community’ which reduces its CO2 emissions by at least 30% by 2030. This collaboration was formalized through the signing of a “City_SEC strategic paper” to share a common strategy.

The main activities undergone through this project have been:

  • A detailed and holistic analysis of the energy situation of the municipalities, using ad-hoc software recognised by the European Commission such as ECORegion;
  • 1 international study tour in Växjö and Kalmar, as frontrunner cities on GHG reduction measures, to inspire replication;
  • 1 local study visit of the Halmstad HfaB building company
  • 4 training sessions and workshops;
  • Networking activities;
  • Local working sessions where stakeholders could discuss measures contained in the Sustainable Energy Action Plans.

A participatory approach was used involving 5 municipalities, the energy agency for southeast Sweden and Kalmar County.

The results proved that the initiative was an efficient one:

  • Support to 5 municipalities in developing their BEI/SEAP, including 1 Joint SEAP between 2 municipalities.
  • organization of local energy days and local working sessions with stakeholders on SEAPs measures.
  • Mutual support between municipalities with different levels of experiences on sustainable energy planning.

This multi-level governance experience shows the importance of training and networking amongst public officers and technicians. Moreoever the collection of municipal energy data is a prerequisite to monitoring the impact of energy measures implemented.