Policies relating to renewable energy project deployment

Sticks

I When building new homes on municipality-owned land, a maximum of 90 kWh/m2/yr energy demand has to be met. Consideration is being given to having no conventional heating systems installed in the construction of new homes within the city by 2010, with connection to the district heating system compulsory. a>

I B ased on the environmental programme, in 2004 the Vaxjo council created a policy that all electricity □

the municipality uses must be renewable. §

Carrots

I National subsidies were provided to individual households towards the installation costs of solar systems and small-scale biomass boilers, including wood pellet boilers from 1998 to 2005.

I Municipal subsidies have been provided to purchase an environmental vehicle with free parking made available as an additional incentive.

Guidance

I An Energy Information Centre, "EnergiCentrumEtt" was set up to offer free energy advice to residents (with around 2000 consultations/year registered).

I A web tool "Energy Check" (EU-funded project, SESAC) is available to help residents save energy.

I E co-driving education for the public is available and round-table discussions to keep local commitment high have been a valuable part of the process.

I Eocal demonstrations and technical visits have been held and meticulous data collection has helped disseminate the results to educate residents to make improvements.

I A local Climate Commission was created in 2007 to further develop co-operation between business, policies and research by working with Vaxjo University and local companies, including to produce a toolbox for citizens/businesses wishing to use renewable energy.

I New wooden apartment buildings, up to seven-storeys high, have been constructed to show the energy efficient benefits and advantages from using wood as a building material. They will use 100% renewable energy.

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable.

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