A sustainable, commercially-viable energy strategy.
In 2016, Vattenfall and Uppsala municipality signed an agreement for closer cooperation in new energy technology, climate neutrality and a sustainable energy system in Uppsala.
Vattenfall's aim is to half carbon dioxide emissions from our heat operation in Uppsala by 2020, and to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2030 at the latest. These measures go hand in hand with the municipality's ambitious climate goals.
Uppsala municipality has very ambitious climate goals. It aims to be fossil free by 2030 and climate positive by 2050. As an energy partner, Vattenfall is cooperating with stakeholders in the municipality to take a global approach to the city's energy system and the residents' energy consumption. Sustainable, customer-specific energy solutions are our contribution to sustainable cities.
Akademiska Hus and Vattenfall have developed an energy-efficient global heating and cooling solution for Ultuna Campus. Buildings at Ultuna Campus have been constructed with the aim of using as little heating and cooling as possible. The heating and cooling that is in fact needed will be used efficiently. All resources will be used optimally along the entire chain, from production to final usage.
Vattenfall supplies 20 GWh of heat and 8 GWh of cooling annually to Ultuna Campus. District cooling is generated locally, partly with the help of cooling from cold outdoor air and partly by using district heating with so-called absorption technology. Absorption technology involves using heat as the driving source instead of electricity.
District heating is a good choice from an environmental perspective. In Uppsala we have taken a step towards reducing emissions. Our customers have also been asking for district heating with even less environmental impact. So, we are offering larger customers Carbon Neutral Heat, a solution with CO2-compensated district heating from our waste incineration plant in Uppsala.
Just how realistic is Vattenfall’s vision of becoming “fossil free within a generation”? Work placement student Lina Drozd reflects upon how real the possibility of a carbon neutral future really is.
Burohappold and Zero West ran a fascinating event on Tuesday 26th November, sponsored by Vattenfall, looking at how to decarbonise heat in the West of England region.