Vattenfall's Sustainable Cities initiative reviews entire energy systems and offers total overview of a city's energy use. We supply sustainable electricity, heating and energy efficiency solutions – from CO2 neutral heating to electric car charging stations – to several European cities.
Working with public officials, NGOs and businesses, we develop action plans based on each city's specific needs. Our most valuable contribution is the knowledge we share to make cities, consumers and companies more energy conscious.
Our city partnerships
We initiated our Sustainable Cities concept with Uppsala, and the city has now become our model city for our work in other cities. Uppsala has ambitious sustainability targets. One of their targets is to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 per cent by 2020 compared to 1990.
Vattenfall is planning to build a new combined heat and power plant, replacing peat with biomass. This means that Uppsala will achieve its target.
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
We share over 100 years of history with Amsterdam, which makes the city an important partner. By 2025, Amsterdam aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 per cent compared to 1990. We are helping to improve the city’s energy system by helping develop sustainable district heating and cooling. District heating has a relatively low impact on the environment and has particularly low CO2 emissions.
Vattenfall has been actively involved in developing charging solutions for electric cars and is managing most of the public charging stations in Amsterdam. The city now has one of the most highly used charging networks in Europe, and has requested additional services for more sustainable energy use.
Hamburg's energy supply will increasingly be based on renewable energy in order to drastically reduce CO2 emissions. This can only be achieved with extensive revamping of the energy supply system. To successfully master this major project, the City of Hamburg and Vattenfall have agreed on specific goals and activities for their shared energy concept. These activities include expanding district heating and an innovative heat concept, enlarging the electricity grid and a smart grid, as well as measures for energy efficiency.
The Smart Energy HafenCity pilot project is testing the integrated deployment of Vattenfall's sustainable energy solutions and turning them into reality in Hamburg's HafenCity district.
Vattenfall has partnered with Berlin to help implement a new energy landscape. By 2020, Berlin aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 per cent compared to 1990. Vattenfall supports this initiative by aiming to halve the CO2 emissions of its Berlin plants within the same time frame. Vattenfall signed a climate protection agreement with the City of Berlin in 2009.
We offer our expertise, investments and innovations – which include smart metering, smart grids, a virtual power plant, electric mobility and power buffers – to support a sustainable urban development.