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Covenant signatory city of Karlstad saves 4,000 tonnes of CO2 and €800,000 per year in the building sector
For several years the Swedish city of Karlstad (86,400 inhabitants) has been investing in energy and environment projects with a focus on the building sector, with impressive results.

In 2007, the municipality decided to allocate a SEK 100 million (€10.8 million) budget to achieve its goals : increasing the use of renewable sources of energy, reducing the overall energy consumption and raising awareness amongst the city’s inhabitants and municipal staff. An investment that was renewed in 2011.

“In order to implement our energy strategy, we initiated a project to promote energy efficiency in which 159 buildings and five water and waste facilities were included”, said Charlotte Wedberg, Environmental Co-ordinator of the Technology and Property Department.

The measures undertaken already allowed the municipality to reduce the amount of oil used for heating buildings by 98%. Electricity use has decreased and energy use in water and waste facilities was minimised, notably by replacing oil-fueled boilers and installing remote heating systems. Other measures implemented were the installation of new control systems for heating and ventilation, replacing windows and the installation of sensor-controlled lighting.

Outside the building sector, Karlstad has invested in developing a gas facility for vehicles and their own bio-diesel filling station, and has installed 3,000 square metres of solar panels on different municipal buildings. In addition to these practical measures, the municipality organises training sessions on climate and energy aimed for municipal employees. “It’s important for us that all municipal workers be aware of how we can be more eco-friendly in our everyday lives and what impact this has on the climate”, Charlotte Wedberg said.

Over the past seven years Karlstad has invested €23 million in energy and climate measures. In the building sector, the municipality saves €800,000 and 4,000 tonnes of CO2 per year and has achieved a 16 % reduction in energy use.

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