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Score: 6.3/10. About 80 percent of the energy used for heating in Stockholm comes from district heating (hot water through insulated pipes), and 15 percent from electricity. The city’s energy consumption remains unchanged, even though the population is increasing.
Still, more efficient energy usage and renewable energy sources are needed to reduce the greenhouse effect.
Stockholm has developed a climate and energy strategy as well as a strategy for a fossil-fuel free city by 2040 to reduce the city’s environmental impact. For energy efficiency in buildings, the goal is to make energy consumption 20 percent more efficient in 2020 compared to 2008. For energy production, the goal is to lower energy-related emissions by 30 percent per citizen in 2020 compared to 2005 and by 40 percent in 2030.