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Follow-Up of Local Energy and Climate Strategies - A Study of Six Small Swedish Municipalities

Jenny Ivner
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

Sara Gustafsson
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

Björn Berglund
Linköping University, Environmental Management and Technology, Linköping, Sweden

Carolina Ersson
Linköping University, Environmental Management and Technology, Linköping, Sweden

Mats Eklund
Linköping University, Environmental Management and Technology, Linköping, Sweden

Michael Martin
Linköping University, Environmental Management and Technology, Linköping, Sweden

Rajeev Kumar Mishra
Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India

G. N. Tiwari
Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India

Felipe Toro
IREES GmbH, Germany

Martin Wietchel
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany

George C. Bakos
Democritus University of Thrace, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Xanthi, Greece

F. Jahanshah
Isfahan High Educations and Research Institute, I.R. Iran

K. Sopian
Solar Energy Research Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

S. H. Zaidi
Gratings, Incorporated, USA

E. Gholipour
Isfahan High Educations and Research Institute, I.R. Iran

Xuan Wu
Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Dennis Y. C. Leung
Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Getachew Bekele Beyene
Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Addis Ababa University Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

S. SH. Khoshmanesh
Islamic Azad University, Khormoj branch, khormoj, Boushehr, Iran

S. Bordbar
Petroiran company, Tehran, Iran

Marta Galera Martínez
Department of Chemical Engineering and Seminar of Renewable Energy, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Laura Cristóbal Andrade
Department of Chemical Engineering and Seminar of Renewable Energy, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Pastora M. Bello Bugallo
Department of Chemical Engineering and Seminar of Renewable Energy, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Manuel Bao Iglesias
Department of Chemical Engineering and Seminar of Renewable Energy, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Dung-An Wang
Graduate Institute of Precision Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

Huy-Tuan Pham
Graduate Institute of Precision Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

Chia-Wei Chao
Graduate Institute of Precision Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

Jerry M. Chen
Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

M. Ellersdorfer
Institute of Process Technology and Industrial Environmental Protection, Mining University Leoben, Austria

C. Weiss
Institute of Process Technology and Industrial Environmental Protection, Mining University Leoben, Austria

Despoina Teli
Sustainable Energy Research Group, School of Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, UK

Mark F. Jentsch
Sustainable Energy Research Group, School of Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, UK

Patrick A. B. James
Sustainable Energy Research Group, School of Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, UK

AbuBakr S. Bahaj
Sustainable Energy Research Group, School of Civil Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, UK

Fergus Sharkey
Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland \ ESB International, Dublin, Ireland

Michael Conlon
Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland

Kevin Gaughan
Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland

Xiaoyan Ji
Division of Energy Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden

Yuanhui Ji
Division of Energy Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden

Chongwei Xiao
Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico, USA

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Published in: World Renewable Energy Congress - Sweden; 8-13 May; 2011; Linköping; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 57:11, s. 2362-2369

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Published: 2011-11-03

ISBN: 978-91-7393-070-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)

Abstract

Local authorities are important actors in the transition of energy systems towards renewable energy resources and efficient energy use. One mean to manage and develop local energy systems is using energy and climate strategies. Sweden has a long history of energy-planning; which effectiveness has been debated. However; in the light of climate change; many Swedish local authorities have adopted energy and/or climate strategies in recent years. These strategies are intended to clarify; prioritize and suggest measures for achieving energy and climate related goals. To be able to assess the strategies’ effectiveness it is important to identify progress and goal achievement. There is little knowledge whether and how local authorities do this kind of follow-up.

The aim of this paper is to explore approaches to energy strategy follow-up in six small and medium-sized local authorities in Sweden. Based on interviews with representatives from six Swedish municipalities; this paper discusses prerequisites for energy and climate strategy follow-up. Challenges for the follow-up; such as methodological descriptions; organization and lack of high quality data are identified and discussed. A conceptual model for a systematic approach to follow-up is presented. Conclusions on how a systematic approach to follow-up could facilitate organizational learning and a more strategic approach to energy issues are drawn. It is also discussed how a developed practice could be beneficial in terms of common methodologies and possibilities to request better statistical data from the national level.

Keywords

Energy and climate strategies; local authorities; evaluation; follow-up

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