New strategic cooperation in which energy becomes an enabler for regional growth
The Municipality of Boden, through its development companies Boden Business Park AB and Bodens Utveckling, initiates a collaboration with the Swedish Energy Agency where energy becomes an enabler for regional growth. The purpose is to promote a holistic approach to energy use and to promote the future development of industry in primarily IT-related industries and food production.
The collaboration, in the form of establishing a strategy node, is part of a comprehensive initiative supported by the Swedish Energy Agency's work on sectoral strategies for energy efficiency. The national target is 50 percent more efficient use of energy by 2030.
- It feels exciting that Boden is now taking a national position as an important place for the development of resource-efficient energy use, says Claes Nordmark, municipal council.
The Boden strategy approach is to promote regional development with new partnerships and companies to increase employment in the region. The Strategy Node is also a platform for developing new scalable innovations and solutions that can be disseminated to other players. The long-term goal is to increase the attractiveness of international establishments and investments to Sweden.
Actors in the region will jointly implement measures that lead to resource-efficient energy use (including power), with an increased share of renewable energy and create more circular flows of materials and energy within industrial clusters. It also includes promoting a fossil-independent vehicle fleet as well as increased self-sufficiency of both fuel and food in Norrbotten.
Thomas Fägerman is the CEO of Boden Business Park AB. Thomas sees several benefits in contributing to sectoral strategies.
- The strategy node opens new avenues for knowledge exchange and deeper cooperation with the Swedish Energy Agency. In addition to being a pioneer and contributing to new smart measures and good examples, we now also have opportunities to contribute to the development of policy instruments, he says.
The possibilities with the strategy nodes are great, according to the Swedish Energy Agency.
- We see that there is a great need to establish collaborations between businesses at an early stage in order to work together to realize a resource-efficient energy use. In Boden, there is the ambition and the opportunities to "do right from the start" where the work in this strategy node is linked to our mission with sector strategies towards world-class production and flexible and robust energy systems, "says Anders Pousette, administrator at the Swedish Energy Agency.
Thomas Fägerman, CEO Boden Business Park
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