In Sweden, Kalmar County intends on becoming a pioneer in the work to reduce the negative impact on the climate caused by emissions while simultaneously achieving sustainable growth. The region has long experience in this area and we are pleased to offer study visits to delegations from other countries.
For more information on study visits, please contact: Carolina Gunnarsson
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Examples of study visits
Wind Power Kalmar County is a pioneer of wind power in Sweden. Its coastal location and the island of Öland offer ideal natural conditions for wind power utilization. There are presently 75 wind turbines installed with a total capacity of 61,5 MW, but much more is to come. The County Administrative Board closely cooperates with municipal authorities to ease the establishment of wind power projects, both on-shore and off-shore. What’s more, the Regional Council in Kalmar County is one of the four nodes in the Swedish Wind Power Network, with major responsibility in the field of industry and business development.
In Kalmar County, there are various options suitable for study visits. To mention a few: * “Utgrunden I” in the water of Kalmarsund became one of the first offshore wind farms in the world using megawatt wind turbines. Seven GE-turbines give the park a total capacity of 10 MW. * At Wind Power Expo by the Bergkvara harbour, inhabitants and visitors have opportunities to learn basic knowledge of wind power. From the harbour, one may take a boat trip to “Utgrunden I” offshore wind farm. Why not join us? * The County Administrative Board has great experiences in complex planning of wind power projects. Some of their cases have been presented as good models at both regional and national levels. A visit to them could be interesting and inspiring.
* Kalmarsund Wind, economic association for environmentallu friendly and cheap electricity. >> Kalmarsund Wind power
Moskogen power plant
In August 2007, the energy company Kalmar Energi made the decision to build a new biofuel-powered heat and power plant at Moskogen, between Kalmar and Nybro. The 90 MW plant will produce 140 GWh of electricity and 360 GWh of district heating per year from renewable biofuel from the region.
The construction of the new heat and power plant brings numerous advantages:
* Investing in the environment – reduced CO2 emissions equivalent to the emissions from 40,000 cars!
* A large and important investment that benefits the Kalmar region
* Assures a long-term supply of energy
* Provides for competitive prices >> An introduction to The Moskogen Heat and Power Plant (pdf)
Small scale district heating
Nearly all towns and bigger villages are connected to district heating systems using renewable energy sources. Nowadays, also small scale district heating is introduced. Read more about small scale district heating plants in Borgholm and Alsterbro. >> Borgholm (pdf) >> Nybro (pdf)
Södra Cell Mill - Green energy
Södra Cell Mönsterås is a big producer of pulp, but also of renewable energy. Roughly half of the wood brought into the mill goes to pulp, the rest becomes heating and electricity. To get the most out of the system, the mill's heating logistics are regularly reviewed and expanded, with the goal to replace all fossil fuel in the mill. Already today, the mill produces more renewable energy than it uses, which means that the mill is “climate neutral”. >> Read more about Södra Cell Mill(pdf)
Public Transport uses renewable energy
53% of all buses in Kalmar County use renewable energy sources (biogas and RME) and the emissions of fossil carbon dioxide have decreased with 43%. By the year of 2020, all public paid transports in Kalmar County is supposed to be fossil fuel free. >> Read more about public transport(pdf)
Introduction of clean vehicles in Kalmar County
To reach the goal of becoming fossil fuel free by the year 2030 in Kalmar County we need to reach a more sustainable transport sector. A part goal in this process is that the municipalities and the county council in Kalmar County at latest 2010 will buy and rent clean vehicles only.
The transport sector is today more or less totally dependent of fossil fuels. Therefore it is an important task to increase the introduction of cleaner vehicles – both more fuel efficient as well as vehicles that can be driven on renewable fuels. >> Read more about clean vehicles (pdf)