Fortum Värme produces district heating, district cooling and electricity. The company has helped make Stockholm one of the world’s cleanest capitals and in 2010 the EU named Stockholm as the world’s first Green Capital. In the period 2010–2015 Fortum Värme is investing SEK 6.5 billion in combined heat and power production in the Stockholm region. By 2030 at the latest its district heating will be 100% produced from renewable or recovered energy. The company has 9,500 district heating and district cooling customers.
10 March, 2011
Fortum aims to reduce the climate impact of its district heating by an interim target of 40% by 2020, through switching to renewable energy, waste to energy production efficiency measures and, as a last resort, carbon offsetting. By 2030 at the latest production will be 100% based on renewable or recovered energy. The aim is to achieve this target significantly earlier than 2030.
How will the targets be achieved?
Annual emissions from heating in Stockholm are 960,000 tonnes lower than in 1990 due to connection to district heating. Moreover, during the same period an additional 10 million square metres have been built and connected to district heating. Construction of one of the world’s largest combined heat and power plants for biofuel is in progress at Värtan, with operation scheduled to begin in autumn 2015. In 2014 the new biofuel unloading and storage system is being started, replacing some use of coal at Värtan. Also in 2014 Fortum Värme is launching its Open District Heating concept, which aims to increase energy recovery
from various suppliers. With district cooling, electricity consumption can be reduced while at the same time increasing energy recycling. In addition, the company offsets emissions from district heating production that is dependent on the fossil fuels coal and oil.
Ulf Wikström, Environmental Manager
By offering renewable electricity, district heating and district cooling with very low climate impact, Fortum wants to contribute to the customers’ climate and environmental efforts. In Stockholm we are investing in sustainable, carbon-neutral and yet competitive energy production. The Haga Initiative strengthens us in our work, and we can quickly sense whether we are on the right path. I also hope we can contribute positive energy to other companies’ climate efforts!