Uppsala municipality has very ambitious climate goals: fossil free by 2030

Among other things, it aims to be fossil free by 2030 and climate positive by 2050. As an energy partner, Vattenfall is co-operating with stakeholders in the municipality to take a global approach to the city's energy system and the residents' energy consumption. Sustainable, customer-specific energy solutions are our contribution to sustainable cities.

The Ultuna Campus Energy system

Akademiska Hus and Vattenfall have developed an energy-efficient global heating and cooling solution for Ultuna Campus.

Efficient solution for cooling and heating

Buildings at Ultuna Campus have been constructed with the aim of using as little heating and cooling as possible. The heating and cooling that is in fact needed will be used efficiently. All resources will be used optimally along the entire chain, from production to final usage.

Ultanas heat and cooling requirements


Heat 20 GWh/year



Cold 8 GWh/year

Local district cooling

Vattenfall supplies 20 GWh of heat and 8 GWh of cooling annually to Ultuna Campus. District cooling is generated locally, partly with the help of cooling from cold outdoor air and partly by using district heating with so-called absorption technology. Absorption technology involves using heat as the driving source instead of electricity.



Uppsala Climate protocol

The Uppsala Climate Protocol is a collaboration in which some 30 players engage in dialogue, inspire each other and initiate joint projects.

A fossil-free society

To achieve a fossil-free society, we need to reduce the amount of plastic we use, use recycled plastic wherever possible and, where this is not possible, use plastic produced from organic raw materials, so-called bio-based plastic.

Collaboration with players in Uppsala

The collaboration has been successful in seeking external funding and has initiated two spin-off projects, partly for climate requirements in plastic sourcing and partly for an extended project with more players, which will also include a life cycle analysis of bio-based plastics.

The overall goal of the Climate Protocol is to help the city achieve its climate objective: to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by 45 per cent by 2020 compared with 1990. This is where our heating plant, which has the goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2030, plays a significant role.



Collaboration with Uppsala municipality

Uppsala municipality has ambitious climate goals, and a plan for reducing greenhouse gases.

The journey towards a sustainable city

In 2016, Vattenfall and Uppsala municipality signed an agreement for closer cooperation in new energy technology, climate neutrality and a sustainable energy system in Uppsala. Vattenfall's aim is to half carbon dioxide emissions from our heat operation in Uppsala by 2020, and to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2030 at the latest. These measures go hand in hand with the municipality's ambitious climate goals.

3.5 billion SEK

A big investment

To reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase the proportion of renewables, Vattenfall Heat is planning to invest about SEK 3.5 billion in plants and grids in Uppsala. This is one of Vattenfall's biggest planned investments in the Nordic region for the coming years. The investment includes replacing peat with biofuels and the construction of a new heating plant to ensure competitive heat supplies.




As an electricity trading customer with Vattenfall, you can sell your surplus electricity to us. This benefits both you and the environment.

Make your own electricity

Microgeneration means generating electricity for your own use. Solar panels and small wind turbines are the most common types. There are many advantages to this system. You can help benefit the environment while becoming more independent at the same time. You can also reduce your electricity bill.

Reduce your payments

You buy the additional electricity you need, beyond what you can generate yourself, from your electricity trading company as usual. The biggest profit from microgeneration is achieved by replacing purchased electricity with self-generated electricity.

This allows you to reduce your payments to your electricity supplier and your network company. If you are generating more electricity than you are currently using, the surplus is fed into the electricity grid.



Carbon Neutral Heat

With Carbon Neutral Heat, companies can work together to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Uppsala even faster. This is good both for their environmental profiles and the city's air.

Even lower carbon dioxide emissions

District heating is a good choice from an environmental perspective. In Uppsala we have taken a step towards reducing emissions. Our customers have also been asking for district heating with even less environmental impact. So, we are offering larger customers Carbon Neutral Heat, a solution with CO2-compensated district heating from our waste incineration plant in Uppsala.

More biomass in the mix

This product generates district heating that is carbon-neutral, since we compensate for the non-renewable part of the waste. (CO2 compensation concerns the direct CO2 emissions in generation.) We do this by increasing the amount of biomass in our total fuel mix. Overall, this results in less impact on the environment.



Combined heat and power plant


Almost 95 per cent of all properties in Uppsala are heated using district heating. It distributes heat simply and efficiently to homes, schools and workplaces. District heating is the main reason for Uppsala's reduction in greenhouse gases.

Hot and cold

Uppsala gets its district heating from our combined heat and power plant. There, we generate district cooling, steam and electricity in addition to district heating. District heating is our main product, and it is distributed by transporting hot water through pipes to district heating units in each property. District cooling is based on the same principle but uses cold water and replaces a large number of local cooling systems.

13 %

carbon dioxide reduction


Step by Step

Since the 1980s, we have been working on replacing oil, mainly with waste and peat. The most recent expansion of waste incineration enabled us to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by 13 per cent per kWh of district heating supplied since 1990. To further reduce climate-impacting carbon dioxide emissions, we are now mixing an even greater percentage of wood into the peat.

We are also planning to invest about SEK 3.5 billion in plants and grids in Uppsala.

The investment includes replaceing peat with biofuels and the construction of a new heating plant to ensure competitive heating supplies.

Electric vehicle solutions

With the public charging network InCharge, we are making it easier for companies, local authorities and towns to offer electric car charging to customers, employees and visitors.

70 %

reduction of emissions by 2030

Aim high

Sweden's target is now a 70 per cent reduction of emissions in the transport sector by 2030. If this target is to be reached, we think one million chargeable cars will be needed in Sweden by 2030. Electric vehicles are beneficial from the point of view of climate and energy. They also create quieter, more pleasant and healthier environments.

We are InCharge

The transition means that we need to take shared responsibility for developing the charging infrastructure – it must be possible to charge cars easily. Therefore Vattenfall, with its partners, is building northern Europe's largest charging network, InCharge. Companies, municipalities and local power companies can easily connect existing or new charging stations to the InCharge charging network. Drivers of electric cars can easily find all public charging points in the InCharge network, and easily pay for charging with a charging card or the InCharge app.

Energy-efficient lighting

Uppsala municipality has a clear environmental vision, which includes lighting in the city. The replacement of 1,500 old street lights with new, energy-efficient ones brought the city a saving of 60 per cent.

A glowing example

Vattenfall handles the operation and maintenance of the municipality's approximately 29,000 street lights, and we have been working with the municipality to gradually upgrade and improve them. A few years ago, we replaced 1,500 of the municipality's old 125 watt mercury vapour lamps with new, more efficient 50 watt street lamps. This resulted in a saving of around 60 per cent. Installing a control system can bring further savings in energy and maintenance costs.

60 %
saving in energy

Lighting in Uppsala

Vattenfall is also working with SLU, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, where we are helping to fix problems in the lighting and also inspecting and renewing the lighting system. When Uppsala municipality decided to upgrade the illuminated track lighting in Vänge, they sought help from Vattenfall, who installed new lighting with better colour reproduction and motion detection. The result was a 70 per cent saving in energy and a halving of the maintenance costs.

Energy Management

Did you know that most companies can reduce their energy costs by 20 per cent without making any major investments?

Reduce costs

Energy can be a major cost item for electricity intensive companies. Minimising costs requires the right electricity contract, keeping an eye on the market situation and using energy efficiently. We can help you as a customer with all of these. We provide personal advice for negotiating an electricity contract, regularly distribute information about the market situation and help you use energy more efficiently.

Improve your environmental profile

In addition to reducing energy costs, we can also help companies improve their environmental profile. We do this partly by selling and supplying electricity from renewable energy sources and partly by providing products that guarantee sustainable energy use.

Examples of projects in Uppsala

We have started several projects with the real estate industry. One example is the County Council building in Uppsala municipality, where we have inspected, analysed and improved the efficiency of their system. The result is an investment suggestion with a focus on saving energy and the environment.