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Interactive knowledge transfer as a tool for stimulating energy efficiency on the regional and local level: lessons- learned from a Swedish case study

Panel: 3. Local action

This is a peer-reviewed paper.

Helena Lindquist, LightSwitch AB, Sweden
Anna-Lena Lövkvist-Andersen, Stockholm County Administrative Board (Länsstyrelsen Stockholm), Sweden


The immense and urgent climate crisis calls for radical measures to phase out fossil fuels and to use energy more intelligently, in all sectors and levels of society. Whilst new knowledge certainly needs to be developed, already existing solutions and technologies have great potential for reducing energy consumption.

However, existing knowledge is often not disseminated efficiently or utilised to its full potential. Significant economic and human resources are therefore spent on simply reinventing the wheel. We argue that to have any chance of combating climate change, increased attention needs to be placed on the mechanisms and structures for the transfer and exchange of knowledge between key stakeholders, such as municipalities, which hold the mandate, capability and responsibility to act. In fact, the municipal sector hosts a multitude of examples of good practice and proven solutions that could easily and cost-effectively be applied more widely.

To successfully disseminate knowledge and experience of successful energy efficiency work from one context and customise it to the needs of another, it is critical to recognise three key principles: to

focus on the learning journey of the individual and the context and preconditions of the organisation that wants to learn from peers in another; to employ a systematic and highly structured process; and to set clear objectives to solve a problem or to make significant improvements.

This paper will describe and discuss lessons learned from a successful pilot project where the abovementioned principles were applied in practice – a 2015 knowledge transfer project between municipalities in the County of Stockholm on the topic of sustainable and energy efficient transport.


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