The closure of the last coal-fired cogeneration plant moves the city much closer to its goal of becoming fossil fuel-free by 2040.
Operations at the coal-fired cogeneration plant KVV6 at Värtaverket, which has supplied heat and electricity to Stockholmers since 1989, ground to a halt on 16 April. This event made no ripples in the coronavirus-dominated media mix, but it was worth mentioning. Now that the last remaining facility of this type in Sweden’s capital has been shut down, the city's has come much closer to its ambitious target of being fossil fuel-free by 2040.
The fact that the coal is now being phased out of the city's district heating system will greatly benefit Stockholm's climate efforts by substantially reducing CO2 emissions. In the work ahead, the conversion to climate-neutral solutions and the development of techniques to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will continue, for example by binding emissions from biofuels in carbon sinks.
Recognition for the efforts of the city administration came in 2010, when Stockholm become the first city to receive the European Green Capital award by the EU Commission. Ever since, Stockholm has not wavered in its ambition of being a climate-smart city with sustainable use of energy and transport, clean air and water and a rich offer of environmentally friendly lifestyle options.
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