Adven supports the road map for a fossil free Sweden
The heating sector has made great progress towards becoming fossil free, still 10% of Sweden’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from heating. To achieve the vision of becoming one of the world’s first fossil free nations, the heating sector needs to keep transforming. Therefore, actors from the heating industry, including Adven, have committed to a road map to do our part towards a fossil free Sweden.
Fossil Free Sweden was started as a government initiative prior to the COP21 climate change conference in Paris in 2015, with the vision to make Sweden one of the world’s first fossil free nations. Even though the heating sector has specifically come a long way towards phasing out fossil fuels for renewables, the sector is still responsible for almost 10% of Sweden’s greenhouse gas emissions. The heating sector has now created its own vision and road map towards becoming entirely fossil free.
”The heating sector in Sweden is unique because in practice it has already become fossil free by utilizing biofuels and energy recovery. Now the challenge is to move from zero carbon dioxide emissions to capturing and storing carbon dioxide and in that way even become climate positive”, says Svante Axelsson, national coordinator for Fossil Free Sweden.
The road map in line with Adven’s business
Adven supports the road map for a fossil free heating sector, consisting of 42 commitments and 21 calls to action to the government. Some examples of the commitments are that signing actors should not use any more fossil fuels in the district heating production by 2030, they should in a greater extent utilize recycled energy such as a waste heat from industries, by-products from forestry and energy recovered from waste, as well as have a positive approach to local and cross-sectoral collaborations.
The road map and its commitments are very much in line with Adven’s way of working and the current operations. In some of the Adven’s district heating networks in Sweden, the fuels are 100% renewable, and on average barely 1% of the fuels are fossil. The collaboration is a key to achieve smart and environmentally friendly solutions. For example in Timrå and Älmhult, Adven cooperates with local industries: Industrial by-products, that would otherwise go to waste, are used in heat production while heating is provided for the local citizens through the district heating networks. In a similar way, the Adven recovers waste heat and other by-products from sawmill in Bollstabruk and Mora.
“For us it is crucial to always consider the environment in our operations and in many ways, we already work according to the road map. We can always become better, but the road map shows that we are on the right track”, says Henrik Johansson Casimiro, COO of Adven Sweden.
There is a clear call to collaboration in the road map. The heating industry could play an important role for other industries’ ability to become fossil free, while the heating sector as such also needs support from other sectors to succeed.
“One challenge the heating sector needs to tackle ahead is the management and recycling of plastics, where actors throughout the entire value-chain need to take increasing responsibility and be open for collaboration. There are currently actors working with energy recovered from waste that take the responsibility and the costs for the emissions that plastics generate. Hopefully, the road map and its message to plastic producers and users trigger new discussions and collaborations between sectors”, says Henrik Johansson Casimiro, COO of Adven in Sweden.