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Strengthen the strategic municipal energy planning

How to make energy plans more proactive in planning for sustainable development.

Project leader: Berit Balfors, KTH

Project participants: Vincent Wretling , KTH; Ulrika Gunnarsson Östling, KTH; Maria Johansson, Ecoloop; Fredrik Meurman, Ecoloop; Kristina Lundberg, Ecoloop; Christina Hörnberg, Environmental Law & Development Centre Sweden AB.

Funding: Swedish Energy Agency

Project period: 2016-2018

Project description

Energy planning is an important tool towards sustainable development. Sweden's municipalities, through their broad and comprehensive activities play a key role in climate and energy work. Recent studies show that the work of local energy plans and associated environmental assessment needs to be reformed to become more effective. The proposed project aims at investigating new forms of municipal energy planning and associated environmental assessment and to develop proposals for how the municipal energy plan can be an active and effective part in the strategic municipal planning so that work on energy issues can be strengthened. That will contribute to make energy plans more proactive in planning for sustainable development. The intention is to make municipal energy plans that engage and which meets the requirements of the environmental quality objectives and generation goal and is an effective tool in planning and municipal energy management.


" Så når vi klimatmålen genom samordnad energi- och fysisk planering " (How to reach the climate targets through coordinated energy and spatial planning). Workshop 27 September 2016 at the Dome of Visions, KTH, Stockholm.


2018 Wretling, V., 2018, Strengthening the municipal energy planning – Integration into comprehensive planning, performance of impact assessment and inclusion of national environmental objectives . Licentiate thesis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
2018 Wretling, V., Gunnarsson-Östling, U., Hörnberg, C., Balfors, B., 2018. Strategic municipal energy planning in Sweden – Examining current energy planning practice and its influence on comprehensive planning . Energy Policy 113, 688-700.
2018 Wretling, V., Balfors, B., Gunnarsson-Östling, U., Hörnberg, C., 2018. Impact Assessment in municipal energy planning – current trends and pathways forward , StandUp Academy Conference 2018. StandUp for Energy, Knivsta, Sweden.