The Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden was established in 1999 and are jointly owned by an association where regional councils, counties and municipalities in Blekinge, Kalmar and Kronoberg are members. The Energy Agency is working to initiate, coordinate and implement projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency and increased supply of renewable energy in all sectors of society.
The work of the agency involves managing projects, conducting investigations, creating and maintaining networks and participating in the dissemination of experiences and best practices. Experience is spread through the organization of activities such as conferences, conducting presentations at conferences and schools, development of articles and reports, brochures, magazines, newsletters and also via our website. Regional clients and target groups are both private and public operators in south eastern Sweden.
The Energy Agency’s approximately 20 employees work in all three counties in offices in Oskarshamn, Kalmar, Karlskrona and the headquarters in Växjö. The Energy Agency’s mission is to support local and regional authorities to achieve a sustainable energy system.
The region consists of Kalmar, Kronoberg and Blekinge Counties and has a population of approximately 570 000 inhabitants which is about 6 percent of the Swedish population. The area of the three counties all together is approximately 23 100 km² (5 percent of Sweden) with miscellaneous landscape of forest, farming and lake districts. The region is highly industrialised and is well-known for its entrepreneurial traditions.
Role in the project Cirtoino: The Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden an energy- and climate expert partner in this project.
LNU, is located in the county of Småland in southeastern Sweden. It was established in 2010 merging two universities, Växjö and Kalmar. The name draws on renowned Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus. LNU has over 31 000 students and 2000 employees. As demonstrated by the strategy document of LNU international collaboration is at the center of LNU’s development strategies. The internationalization of education, in particular those with practical implications and hands-on approaches, are important for LNU since it promotes quality development and contributes to creative and internationally competitive education environments. LNU’s goal is to offer education that encourages working life experience and stimulate an entrepreneurial approach in an international context trough using recent technological advances e.g. LNUPlay.
The faculty involved in CIRTOINNO project is the School of Business and Economics. It accounts for ca. 10% of LNUs students and employees and the education is quality assured by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ). Research carried out at the faculty is e.g. in Tourism and sustainable tourism, Sustainability marketing, Consumer Behavior, Entrepreneurship, International Business Strategy, Corporate Governance, and Supply chain management. The faculty is composed of four departments of which one is engaged in CIRTOINNO project, the Department of Marketing.
LNU is participating in all steps of the CIRTOINNO project. For the handbook in Circular Economy LNU provides regional specifics on sustainable development, SMEs and tourism. For the self-assessment tool they support content preparation. They further lead the development of the training in circular economy targeting SMEs. They provide overall structure, coordination, and content for the marketing module as well as provide workshop leaders in marketing. LNU finally support the mentoring process following the training program providing expert input.