Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden, ESS (Energikontor Sydost), started on the first of June 1999 and is a member of Federane since June 4th. We mainly work in Southeast Sweden (counties Blekinge, Kalmar and Kronoberg) and our aim is to improve energy efficiency and increased supply of renewable energy. We work within the area of buildings, industry, transports, education, behavioral changes, mobility management, fuels, towards municipalities, companies, organizations and citizens.

The company is jointly owned by an association where regional councils, counties and municipalities in Blekinge, Kalmar and Kronoberg are members. Chairman is Ms Ewa Engdahl. The Energy Agency’s approximately 20 employees work in all three counties with offices in Oskarshamn, Kalmar, Karlskrona and headquarters in Växjö.

The region has a population of approximately 580 000 inhabitants which is about six percent of the Swedish population. It is one of the most industrialised in regions in Scandinavia with a large proportion of employees in industry especially manufacturing.

Renewable energy sources today accounts for 47 percent of the energy supply in Blekinge, 60 percent in Kalmar and approximately 45 percent in Kronoberg. Solar energy is increasing, but solar heating only accounts for a few GWh in the region. Wind power generates today approximately 100 GWh in the region. District heating increases significantly during the last two decades and today 0,49 Twh of district heating is produced in Blekinge, 0,9 TWh in Kalmar and approximately 1 TWh in Kronoberg. Biofuels supply more than 90 percent of the district heating, mainly wooden bio mass (more than 70 percent).


Sustainable Energy Investments catalysed by EU Structural Funds

The added value of European Union’s financial programmes is made tangible through local and regional initiatives. Local and regional initiatives show the cohesion policy is both a catalyst for investment and a means for beneficiaries to raise their ambitions and take ownership of the European objectives, and specifically the ones of the Energy Union.

BiogasAction – New developments in Sweden

During the first period of BiogasAction the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden (ESS) has been working on different tasks in order to promote and fulfill the targets in BiogasAction.

The new BiogasAction Toolbox – The right tools for your biogas development strategy

This new search tool will enable you to find the best fitting tools and guidelines for a given project in a specific region. With a few standardized key words e.g. on language, substrate availability, biogas utilization, etc. you will be led to the corresponding instruments and documents for online or offline application. This toolbox serves 3 […]

Best Practices

Small scale district heating facilities generate green electricity in southeast Sweden

The new technology for small-scale biomass-based district heating combines heat and power in South East Sweden, Sweden. This bio-based electricity generation could cover 2-7 % of total electricity demand in Sweden.

Public procurement of buses with 100% renewables target

As part of the objective of becoming 100% fossil fuel free by 2030, Kalmar County, in Sweeden, has purchased biogas fuelled buses. Authorities chose to reuse biomethane to address over-fertilisation and fostering the shift towards a carbon neutral transport system.

BiogasAction Brochure on Best Regional-Integrated Biogas Plants

This brochure contains information on the ten most interesting biogas plant projects of the Biogas Action project countries, providing the reader with technical data for each plant as well as background information concerning the start-up conditions.

Night Hawks: Off Production Hours Site Inspections

Night walks are on-site energy surveys held at times when businesses are closed to the public. Energy experts conduct the survey with a view to identifying areas of energy waste within a business, in order that a bespoke action plan can be produced and implemented
so as to enable direct and significant energy savings.


European Barriers Report

This is aimed at those considering development of an AD plant, covering the main aspects needing consideration, specific to each EU country involved in the project.


The BiogasAction Final Conference – Save the Date!

Join us at the Conference and learn how the BiogasAction experts stimulated the development of biogas in 9 European regions.