the Year 2009 declared Värtaverkets owner, then Fortum värme, its plan to phase out coal. Already in 2015, half of the coal that was burnt to provide heat and electricity to the people of stockholm to be replaced by biofuel. ”In the long term, the goal is that district heating produced without a carbon footprint”, was called it in a press release from the owning company which is now called Stockholm Exergy.
read the official environmental reports got the picture that the target came closer. In the report for 2015 will be to Värtaverket used of 190,000 tons of coal, the lowest in the entire decade.
the Problem is that the figure is not correct. In reality burned additional 52.000 ton of coal is not mentioned. A total of 242.000 ton of make 2015 not at all stands out as a year with low coal consumption.
when DN asked questions about the coal and the emissions of greenhouse gases. Hållbarhetschefen Ulf Wikström confirms that the information is wrong and say that it depends on the human factor. The incorrect figure should not have affected how much emissions were reported. Nor should it have been used in internal calculations. However, it is completely the wrong picture of the amount of coal that was burnt.
environmental reports are official documents which by law must be drawn up annually by the companies with environmentally hazardous activities. What the report should contain is carefully regulated by the environmental protection agency.
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As DN could tell on Sunday, there are major doubts as to how the emissions are reviewed and reported. The latest accounts received red light and is in the environmental protection agency, the records marked as having ”significant errors”. The emissions for 2017 will likely count up and according to the environmental protection agency's preliminary view, the Stockholm Exergy forced to pay millions in penalty.
that the use of coal will reduce significantly until it is completely phased out in four years.
" We know that the Värtaverket is a large source of emissions. But we supply the Stockholm capital and a million people who live and work here. In terms of emissions per kilowatt-hour, we are doing well compared with other heating systems.
We know that the Värtaverket is a large source of emissions. But we supply the Stockholm capital and a million people who live and work here.
In the district heating network included a range of establishments other than Värtaverket.
to Värtaverket excels in a different, unflattering way. All facilities that emit carbon dioxide covered Värtaverket of the system of allowances. A plant is assigned a certain amount of free allowances, based on how much it, in this case district heating.
But Värtaverket is not in the vicinity to keep within these frameworks. Last year, the fact, free allowances for 230,000 tons. But the actual emissions were reported to be around 450,000 tons, almost twice as much. Many district heating plants exceeds the allocated allowances, which means that they need to pay for additional, but not by as much as Värtaverket.
"It's just coal in Värtan, which means that we get a net requirements that we have to cover up with allowances for," says Ulf Wikström.