Perhaps the world’s greatest challenge is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, mainly fossil carbon dioxide. Several exciting and new innovative ways to replace fossil energy are under development in the area, such as the Algae pilot and Bioendev.
The development of fossil-free transportation in cities of the future is critical. Umeå, has extremely innovative electric buses adapted to cold climates. Umeå’s goal is to have fossil-free city traffic by 2020.
The key layers in the region within energyproduction is Skellefteå Kraft, Umeå energy and Örnsköldsviks energy. The energy from these units comes from biomass, water power, wind power and househould waste. Umeå Energi’s electricity is 100% from renewable sources. District heating is also produced from the waste heat produced by the pulp mill SCA Packaging Obbola.