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Sustainable Energy Communities in Urban Areas in Europe (SECURE)

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The main objective of the SECURE project was to create long-term sustainable action plans for the cities of Malmö, Dublin, Hillerød and Tallinn and to remove the barriers of mainstreaming results from successful demonstration projects. The project implemented a structured benchmarking to identify success factors that was then used to create the sustainable energy action plans. The concepts of passive houses and carbon neutral city were analysed and several activities were implemented in this field.


  • Sustainable energy action plans and energy partnerships for the cities of Dublin, Hillerød and Malmö. The energy action plan is well under way in Tallinn and will be finalised in 2009. These plans include an analysis of the potential of renewable energy, for increased energy efficiency and the fiscal incentives and control instruments for creating a sustainable energy system in each city.
  • Technical guidelines for the development of sustainable energy action plans including experiences from partner cities as well as a set of toolboxes and models for mainstreaming the concept of Sustainable Energy Communities.
  • Benchmark study on best practices in energy performance of buildings in Northern Europe including analyses on how to implement renewable energy systems in building projects.
  • Methodology and tool for companies to become carbon neutral.
  • Number of campaigns directed to the public in order to increase awareness and knowledge on renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

Lessons learned

  • Cities have a great role to play in order to reduce the impact of energy consumption, both regarding construction, companies and the pbulic. Through a holistic and strategic approach, it is possible to draw up different scenarios for future energy management, which makes it possible for the city to actively work towards the best possible solutions. This is also the case regarding the implementation and creation of incentives for energy efficiency measures.
  • Establishing climate neutral companies in Malmö and the other partner cities turned out to be very difficult. Many companies showed initial interest in the concept and appreciated help in calculating carbon emissions. However, often they did not see the market value in being a carbon neutral company. Legislative measures, such as the carbon trading scheme can work very effectively, yet it addresses only the bigger companies. There is a need to encourage smaller companies in taking action.
  • The non-technical barriers to energy efficiency in buildings are important to address. The technical solutions are available, even if they, in cases might be rather investment intensive in the short term. At the same time it is the non-technological barriers that need to be overcome in order to either make the technical solutions known, implement them or use them in the right way.

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City of Malmö
Contact point: 
Gabriella Eliasson
+46 703 339 38 53
Roland Zinkernagel
0046 40 34 20 79
Ellen Corke


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In brief

01/01/2006 to 31/12/2008
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