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Home Our News GovernEE benchmarks Gothenburg initiatives

On 19th and 20th January 2011, GovernEE partners investigated into technologies and knowledge outside of the Central Program area. The project held its first Benchmark visit, in the Scandinavian model city, known for being on the leading edge in terms of both technologies and use of innovative solutions...

GovernEE's first project benchmarking visit was organized to get partners acquainted with top technologies and solutions in Europe, in a country outside the Central Europe in order to make use of experience and knowledge available in the most developed regions on improving energy efficiency in public buildings.

Partners expressed a strong interest in the Swedish model and wanted to learn more on how and in what kind of form Swedish organizations used the energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy sources (RES) in historical and public buildings, how partner organizations could use the technologies with more efficiency. Welcomed at the Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Energy and Environment, the partnership has been presented the activities and involvement of the University in EU projects as well as projects such as the "Eracobuild - EEPOCH (Energy Efficiency and Preservation in our Cultural Heritage) project on sustainable renovation of historic European building stocks or the national Energy Agency project "BELOK -Totalprojektet", a cooperation between the main Swedish commercial real estate owners for active energy saving and strategy for integrated sustainable renovation focused on housing. The presentations were followed by an overview of the good practices "Chalmersfastigheter" study regarding the use of renewable energy sources in the heating of commercial buildings and hospitals who are achieving 50% lower energy use in many cases. Partners have also visited the old buildings of the Chalmers University Campus to end their morning programme.

Partners also were taken to a site visit at the "Rya CHP Plant", a sewage plant functioning with steam turbine and heat pumps, and have been presented the activities and long-term sustainable energy solutions of "Göteborg Energi" regarding the district heating in Sweden and environmental impacts. It is a well developed district heating system that partners could observe at Rya CHP Plant: use of tests, control programmes to increase the EE of the buildings.
Partners concluded that the Swedish energy model is different from those of other EU countries. Renewable energy or nuclear energy systems are widely used in public and historic buildings and the usage of fossil fuel is decreasing. Besides, the Swedish government elaborates national programmes, the goals of which are to develop EE systems and further use of renewables (RES). The benchmark visit was useful to the partnership in order to understand in depth new heating systems and different ways of using RES.

Last Updated (Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:40)

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