Gotland, Sweden
Zhang Ruiqi   Apr 30.2016

Introduction

Eco-Municipality of Gotland:The Swedish Island of Gotland has set itself the challenge of having a climate-neutral energy supply by 2025.
Gotland is a showcase for a number of interesting and innovative renewable energy initiatives. This is not really surprising. Gotland has Sweden's highest sunshine figures, enjoys good access to biofuels and is one of the best European locations for wind power. These natural assets, the entrepreneurship of the islanders and the municipality's focus on strategic environmental planning have led to the realisation of many ideas for increasing the sustainability of Gotland's local energy supply.

Reason to Be Selected

In the early 1990s, the municipality started the strategic push to turn the island into a sustainable society by 2025. Sustainability here covers all aspects of the environment – energy, resources, agriculture, waste, radiation, etc. In
particular, Gotland wants to be greenhouse gas emission neutral within one generation.

Details

Since 1995, the municipality has cut CO2 emissions from fossil fuels in its own operations by almost 50 per cent. On the island as a whole, fuel production and local energy supply from renewable resources are both increasing. Local wind power meets 44 per cent of the island's annual electricity demand. Biofuels from local forestry supply the domestic heating. Last but not least, 2010 brought the island its first biogas filling station for cars and the city buses.

 

 

 

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