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Eco-labelled energy sources lower CO2 emissions in Älmhult municipality

When procuring electricity the challenge of choosing between standard electricity and electricity that conforms to certain environmental criteria is present. Ljungby municipality, located in the south-eastern part of Sweden, achieved lower emissions of CO2 by using a certified eco-labelled energy source as procurement criteria.

Municipalities are big energy consumers, because of their role as public house owners, providing housing and services for the inhabitants within the municipalities. Being big energy consumers also provides the opportunity to use procurement as a strategic method to change the energy supply by demanding more energy from renewable energy sources.

The CO2 saving is estimated to a yearly 39 tonnes. The tender specified the use of the Swedish eco-label “Bra miljöval” from the suppliers.

This tender was also consistent with measures in the regional climate and energy strategy in the County of Kronoberg, says Per-Anders Persson, County Board of Kronoberg. Important lessons from the procurement process were that the market is constantly changing, so the need for up to date-information is ever present. It is also important to raise the bar each time, and not just repeat the same procurement again.

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Per-Anders Persson, County Board of Kronoberg


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