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Resources 2015, 4(3), 548-565; doi:10.3390/resources4030548

From Goals to Action: The Efforts for Increasing Energy Efficiency and Integration of Renewable Sources in Eskilstuna, Sweden

School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology, Mälardalen University, P.O. Box 883, Västerås SE-721 23, Sweden
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Received: 30 April 2015 / Revised: 8 July 2015 / Accepted: 8 July 2015 / Published: 15 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Alternative Energy Sources in Developing and Developed Regions)
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Cities’ energy usage accounts for two thirds of global primary energy consumption. Energy efficiency in urban areas is, therefore, one of the most important topics to consider when dealing with urban sustainability. This paper evaluates the goals for increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in the areas of transportation, buildings and consumers’ awareness, as stated in the Climate action plan, for the municipality of Eskilstuna, Sweden. The efforts of the municipality to successfully reach their energy efficiency goals, are described in this paper including future perspectives. The results show that although the municipality counts with the advantage of owning and working together with the local housing company and energy provider, in order to reach the established goals, additional strategies need to be considered. For an increased use of renewable energy sources, analysis of rooftops suitable for photovoltaic (PV) installation should be carried out as well as the integration of goals for self-consumption. In the transport field, the city needs to prepare for large-scale electric vehicle (EV) market penetration and to consider different bike or car sharing options. Finally, more specific awareness campaigns are needed to engage the citizens in reducing their energy consumption and living a more sustainable life. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart city; sustainable development; energy efficient city; transportation; renewable energy; smart citizens; biogas; self-consumption smart city; sustainable development; energy efficient city; transportation; renewable energy; smart citizens; biogas; self-consumption
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Vassileva, I.; Thygesen, R.; Campillo, J.; Schwede, S. From Goals to Action: The Efforts for Increasing Energy Efficiency and Integration of Renewable Sources in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Resources 2015, 4, 548-565.

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