An inspiring example of how Vattenfall's city partnerships can help achieve long-term climate goals, Uppsala was crowned Sweden's 'Earth Hour City' by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 2013.
Being the fourth largest city in Sweden, the size of an average European city, Uppsala has set ambitious targets, which include reducing the city's CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2020, become fossil free by 2030 (compared to baseline level 1990) and to be climate positive by 2050. Vattenfall and the Municipality of Uppsala signed the first cooperation agreement in 2010, and renewed the agreement in September 2016.
Vattenfall is a participant in the Uppsala Climate Protocol, in which companies and organisations work together to secure the city's long-term climate and energy goals. It consists of 33 local companies with about 38,000 employees who collaborate in climate driven business and operational development. The approach is inspired by the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change. Vattenfall has a wide engagement in the two themes and four focus areas where common objectives are set, experience shared and ideas generated and realised. The focus areas include
- Real estate
- Production and circular economy
- Sustainable city development
Heating up Uppsala
Almost 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Uppsala's urban areas are heated with district heating from us. Vattenfall has made a commitment to be climate neutral by 2030, meaning investments in the range of SEK 3.5 billion over six years. A new heat plant – using biomass – will be built by 2021, peat will be replaced by bio-fuel in two plants and improvements and extension of the distribution grid will be made. This means that Uppsala is likely to exceed its target of a 50 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.
In cooperation with the city and its stakeholders, we are developing energy solutions suitable for Uppsala's new sustainable city districts, Rosendal, Södra Staden and Östra Sala Backe. Renewable and carbon-neutral energy and energy efficient products will be offered, such as district heating, solar cells and charging solutions including charging of e-car pools.
Lighting up Uppsala
Vattenfall handles the operation and maintenance of Uppsala's 29,000 street lights. By replacing old street lighting with new energy efficient lighting, the city will manage to reduce its energy use by 60 per cent.
Next generation of innovators
In order to ensure long-term expertise, Vattenfall – in close collaboration with Uppsala University – is co-financing a series of research and training courses including the fields of energy efficiency, nuclear and hydro power technology. We supervise hundreds of dissertations each year. A recent thesis, for instance, studied the possibility to increase energy efficiency in production and in use of compressed air in the district heating plants in Uppsala.