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 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:
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.