Local development possibilities for sustainable energy supply and use in Sweden
2007 (English)In: In B. Frostell, Å. Danielsson, L. Hagberg, B.-O. Linnér, E. Lisberg Jensen (eds., Science for Sustainable Development - The Social Challenge with emphasis on conditions for change, Proceedings from the 2nd VHU Conference, Linköping 6-7 September, Uppsala: VHU, 2007Conference paper (Other academic)
Large structural changes are necessary to reduce the resource use in industrialised countries to a sustainable level. Modifications of municipalities’ normal operations can contribute to a more ecologically, economically and socially sustainable society through, for example, promotion of measures concerning energy conservation and renewable energy supply. In the Swedish Energy Agency’s Sustainable municipality programme, it is developed how spatial plans of ground use and building development can promote local renewable energy sources and efficient energy utilisation. Energy issues can be integrated in spatial planning through scenarios of future energy supply and use, which are discussed by local stakeholders. It can be shown how wall insulation, solar heating and heat recovery can reduce primary energy demand and that switching from electricity to biofuel can reduce CO2 emissions. The indicator heat load density depends on building structure and shows, for instance, preconditions for district heating, which often is a favourable heating option. If the local energy utility is involved in spatial planning, it may facilitate the introduction of temporary solutions, such as pellets boilers, to make more customers chose district heating in areas where the network is delayed. District heating systems enable efficient electricity generation in combined heat and power (CHP) plants, which can be elucidated by an optimisation model that considers economy and environment. Strategic spatial planning can promote establishment and expansion of district heating networks.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
District heating, energy conservation, heat load density, municipality, renewable
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17216OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17216DiVA: diva2:207493