Johanneberg Science Park becomes node in Sweden’s energy efficiency goals
The Swedish Energy Agency has designated Johanneberg Science Park a strategy node in its work with sectoral strategies for energy efficiency that aim to make Sweden 50% more energy efficient by 2030. Johanneberg Science Park will contribute to these efforts by continuing to develop a West Swedish platform for cooperation between the business sector, academia and public stakeholders to promote resource-efficient innovation.
— We’re very excited about this decision, as it acknowledges the work we’re already doing. We will gain direct access to a national network of strategy nodes, as well as a closer connection and partnership with the Swedish Energy Agency, Mats Bergh, CEO of Johanneberg Science Park, comments.
As a strategy node, Johanneberg Science Park will focus on three of the five sectors the Swedish Energy Agency has developed energy-efficiency strategies for –resource-efficient buildings, a flexible and robust energy system and fossil-free transport. The remaining two strategies refer to future-proof trade & consumption and world-class production.
When an actor becomes a strategy node, the Swedish Energy Agency expects it to commit to strengthening cross-sectoral cooperation among local and regional players, thereby contributing to the sectoral strategies. Strategy nodes are pioneers in their field, who get other actors around them to operate in line with the goals of the strategies and formulate new commitments. Apart from Johanneberg Science Park, there are currently five other such nodes in the country, including in Boden, Dalarna, Örebro and Uppsala.
— All of us here at the Swedish Energy Agency are very pleased Johanneberg Science Park wants to be a part of our work of implementing these sectoral strategies. Johanneberg Science Park will be able to advise us on the role the construction and transport sectors can play in creating a resource-efficient energy system, and will help us rethink established practices in the field.By doing so, they’ll help speed up the implementation of cutting-edge solutions across Sweden, Dag Lundblad, Project Manager at the Swedish Energy Agency, enthuses.
Johanneberg Science Park, whose commitment as a strategy node will be rooted in the work it already does today, will shape and coordinate innovative partnerships in the field of social planning. One example of the collaborative arena’s work is Klimat 2030 – Västra Götaland is changing, an initiative of the Västra Götaland region and the County Administrative Board to reach the region’s climate target, in which Johanneberg Science Park coordinates the key area of healthy and climate-smart housing and premises and that of a greater market for bio-based materials and propellants. Johanneberg Science Park also coordinated the EU-funded partnership Fossil-free Energy Districts (FED), which set up a local energy marketplace on Chalmers University’s Johanneberg campus, and is involved in several major urban development project, like the Forsåker project in Mölndal, and Green City Zone, a City of Gothenburg initiative involving testbeds for emission-free transportation.
— We’ve got plenty to contribute with. As a strategy node, we’ll be able to draw on everything we do in West Sweden and make sure that experience benefits the entire country, Mats Bergh summarises.