Energy of an Integrated Future - Opportunities for the Öresund Region
Publishing year: 2013
Document type: Working paper
Publisher: International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University
The Öresund Region is a transnational region encompassing areas of southern Sweden (Skåne) and southeast Denmark (Sjælland and Hovedstaden). The Energi Öresund project seeks to offer strategic and cooperative energy planning for the region as a whole in order to meet the energy goals of Sweden, Denmark, and its constituent local municipalities. The project is funded by EU INTERREG IV, a European Union initiative dedicated to promoting cooperation and knowledge transfer between municipalities and stakeholder groups across the borders of neighbouring European countries. This report, “Towards an Integrated Future: Strategies & Opportunities for the Öresund Region,” produced by students at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University in cooperation with Energi Öresund and its partners, is both an example of this cooperation as well as an extension of the project’s goals for strategic energy savings into the future for Öresund. Part of this report builds upon and expands on previous work conducted by IIIEE students in 2011 (“Energy Futures Öresund — Bridging the Gaps to a Greener Tomorrow”) and 2012 (“Strategic Energy Solutions — A Case Study of the Öresund Region”) on the issue of energy sustainability in the Öresund region. It explores a wide variety of related technical and social topics and offers specific recommendations for improvement. It also examines guidelines drafted by Energi Öresund, offering recommendations for improvement and suggestions for the implementation of these guidelines. These chapters are section one of the report.As the Energi Öresund project ends in 2013, this report also seeks to explore further examples of collaboration in the region beyond the context of the energy system. In a wide variety of areas from urban farming to urban transportation to the building process, section two of the report utilises a broader and forwardlooking view of innovations and improvements that could be used for an integrated and sustainable future in the Öresund region. This section may be contextualised through “distributed economies,” the concept of local and regional systems working together through the sharing of knowledge and resources towards the goal of overall prosperity and improvement. Through technical explorations, conceptualizations of systems, and considerations of economic and social implications, a potential sustainable future for Öresund emerges where collaboration and innovation work together to achieve economic, social, and environmental improvements. “Towards an Integrated Future: Strategies & Opportunities for the Öresund Region” is both an examination of the present and an exploration of the future for Öresund, and it hopes to promote collaboration and cooperation among all stakeholders for a sustainable energy future in the region.
- Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
- ISBN: 978-91-87357-03-9