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Integrating Ambitious Renewable Energy Targets in City Planning
Targets can set the direction of current and future local action for increasing the share
of RE. Local governments can develop and set targets through many routes, such as
through integration into municipal operations, integration into comprehensive city strategies
and plans, or through sector-specific targets. The city of Malmö, Sweden, is a case
in point. The city set targets such that by 2020, Malmö is expected to be climate neutral
and have all municipal operations run on 100% RE by 2030. Malmö has benefited from
committed local politicians, private RE investment, strong co-operation with regional
stakeholders and a thorough knowledge of the locally available RE sources. Although
the implementation plan is still in its early stages, the target setting has been a success
and has allowed the local government to integrate, synchronise and mainstream the
targets across the City of Malmö’s plans.
Resource(s) downloads:
Malmö case study [7_Malmo.pdf, 3528.66 kb]
  • Methodology
  • Tools
  • Plan Action
  • Energy
  • Policy
  • Renewables
Type of resource:
  • Case Study
  • Electronic resource
  • Awareness raising
  • Capacity development
  • Methodology
  • Planning
Author: Emily Dowding-Smith (ICLEI WS), Editors and contributors: Policy Advisory Services and Capacity Building Directorate (PACB) of IRENA; Richard Simpson, Nicola da Schio (ICLEI WS), Maryke van Staden and Siegfried Zöllner (ICLEI ES), Malin Norling, Katrin Pe
Published in: 2013
Relevant for:
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Northern America
  • Municipal
  • Including small & medium sized enterprises
  • Local (economic) development
  • Responsible investment
  • English
Free to use: Yes
Terms of use / copyright info:
For further information or for provision of feedback, please contact Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi, Policy Advisory Services and Capacity
Building Directorate (PACB), IRENA, C67 Office Building, Khalidiyah Street, P.O.Box 236, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates;
Email: ICLEI contact details:
The case studies are available for download at
Energy Subject:
  • Energy use
  • Energy efficiency
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