Stakeholders in Sweden
Renewable energy and energy efficiency projects impacts on a broad range of stakeholders, which can be divided into different groups. We based our view on stakeholders on the definitions as follows:
Stakeholders can be defined as:
- Anyone who affects or is affected by your organisation
- Those groups or persons who have a stake, a claim, or an interest in the operations and decisions of the firm...legal, financial, or moral claim, explicit or implicit contract
- They supply resources that are critical to the success of the enterprise (e.g. licence to operate)
- They place something of value ‘at risk’: i.e. their own welfare is directly “affected by the fate of the enterprise” (e.g. quality, environment)
- They have “sufficient power” to affect the performance of the enterprise, either favourably or unfavourably (e.g. mobilise social forces, withdraw labour)
(Source: Cranfield University School of Management- Stakeholder Management: A Road Map to Meaningful Engagement)
For Northern Sweden, Jokkmokk municipality did a stakeholder analysis whith the following results:
Since 2017 the County Council of Norrbotten assumes the regional development responsibility and together with the county administrative board, municipalities, companies and organizations, the county council contributes to creating enabling conditions for regional development.
Another relevant administrative body in the region of Norrbotten is the association of all 14 municipalities in Norrbotten (Norrbottens kommuner - https://www.norrbottenskommuner.se/). The members aim for an increased municipal cooperation and sustainable regional development. In cooperation with the Region Norrbotten a revision of the regional development strategy is on the way.
The four most northern municipalities in the county of Norrbotten – Jokkmokk, Gällivare, Kiruna and Pajala – have founded the Lappland municipality association in 1989. The activity areas include among others energy and climate advice for households, SME and organisations free of costs. More information (in Swedish) at http://www.lapplands.se/energilapplands
The Climate and Energy strategy for the county of Norrbotten from 2016 has the perspective up to 2050 (Norrbotten 2016). It defines following targets for 2020, based on 2005 levels:- 25% reduced GHG emissions.
- Double the regional BNP per emission unit (carbon efficiency target).
- The share of renewable energy has increased by 40% and absolute energy use has reduced by 10%.
- Renewable fuels in the transport sector is higher than 20%.
The targets for 2050, based on 2005 levels, are:- 85% reduced GHG emissions.
- Norrbotten shall contribute towards Sweden´s vision to be a fossil-free nation.
- Energy consumption shall be at least 40% less as compared to 2005.
It is the intention of the climate and energy strategy to act as support for authorities, municipalities, enterprises and organisations in their decision-making. The strategy promotes an increased energy perspective in the planning processes, including the comprehensive planning of the municipalities.It supports the membership of municipalities in the Covenant of Mayors, where the county of Norrbotten is the regional coordinator for Sweden with technical support of the Energikontor Norr. Through this, the municipalities receive support for their own energy end climate activities.
The North Sweden Energy Agency is an impartial resource for competency on energy issues and coordinates regional activities. EKNs task is to increase the share of renewable energy and to support companies and public sector in Norrbotten to conserve energy and natural resource.