Södermöre – potential renewable fuels self suppliant area

Södermöre – potential renewable fuels self suppliant area

In Södermöre, several windmill projects are already producing wind energy – but the potential of biogas – particulary from manure – is still to be explored. In fact, a mapping that was made in 2019 showed that there is manure enough to cover the whole usage need of local passenger cars. Manure might leak nutrients to the surroundings and cause overfertilization if it is not used in the circle of biogas. And it is a 20 times more potent greenhouse gas!

Kalmar on the map
Kalmar Municipality is situated in the southeast of Sweden along the coast of the Baltic Sea and has a population of roughly 70 000 inhabitants, 10 % of whom live in a rural area called Södermöre which has great potential for renewables. Three new projects will complete existing wind power production and then 30 % of the existing electricity need for the municipality – all sectors. However, the transport sector is still a major challenge for decarbonization and so is the energy usage in local process industries. Biogas can be a part of the solution for both.

The municipality of Kalmar has ambitious climate and environmental goals and also a strong political interest in biogas – seeing its wide contribution to a fossil fuel free and circular society. The role of the municipality in this on-going project is to promote a successful development for a market driven and economically feasible production of biogas from local waste products – with a private ownership.

Biogas investigation so far
Kalmar Municipality has mapped the interest for a co-owned biogas production site from manure among local farmers in the area. The manure was summarized to a biogas potential of 30 GWh – which can be transformed into vehicle fuel for approximately 3 000 passenger cars, a number that equals the amount of passenger cars in the area. A task force, with local farmers representing different production focuses, has been formed. Next step is a location investigation to find a suitable place for a production site and to find relevant partners and finance.

Main content of the project 
A new production site of biogas of 30 GWh, probably liquified biogas + a manure separation site to produce well designed bio digestate. In a larger perspective: a contribution to circular society in a local rural area.

Climate benefits

The carbon oxide reduction is estimated to 15 000 tonnes CO-equivalents per year, based on data from Klimatklivet applications.


Production site including liquification 15MEUR – 20MEUR


Jan 2021 – Jan 2024

Contact information

Elvira Laneborg
project coordinator
+46 480453981

Stefan Halldorf
technical consultant
+46 7735305007

Swedish green Recovery

The timing of the European Green Deal and the Climate law is excellent. Since around the time of the Paris agreement, there is an impatient willingness to act in the business sector, and we need authorities to catalyse this development.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat was founded to support Sweden’s ambition to decarbonize the transport sector. The Swedish Climate Law set an ambitious sector target for transport –  70 percent reduction of carbon dioxide by 2030. Through 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations the 2030-secretariat is supporting this ambitious development, independent of technical solutions or political parties. We are convinced that we need to work in parallel on behaviour, fuels (all low carbon or zero emission fuels) and vehicle technologies. All is needed.

We invited partners to send in proposals that fit well within Green recovery under the Green Deal. We have collected some 30 proposals, mostly in Sweden, in different areas using different technologies. We, the 2030-secretariat, are a Coalition of the willing with a focus on the target year 2030. There are many initiatives brewing in Sweden.

We strongly support initiatives like the Green recovery fund, and we see an increasing interest to take part. In this work we would like to stress the following:

• Allow for a multitude of solutions. We do not know which technology will be decisive, but we do know that many different technologies will be needed

• Changing our behaviour and the use of digital mobility is as important as legislation for vehicles or fuels. The 2020’s is the decade of digitalization, let’s invite digital solutions into the mobility sector

• Avoid having the good alternatives compete. The future is a combo; electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, biogas and some of the new fuels entering the market

• Do not separate fuels in generations or levels of sophistication. We are interested in the greenhouse gas reduction potential of the fuels, not what they are called

We sense a strong willingness to move forward, a season of change that is both needed and welcome. We hope that these initiatives can inspire. If you like an idea – steal it, if you want to participate, contact the person listed by the project. But most importantly, get inspired by what is possible.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat is made up of 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations joined in one common goal – supporting Sweden in reaching a 70 percent reduction of CO2 in the Swedish transport sector by 2030. We work in three areas, all equally important: vehicle technology, fuels and electrification and behaviour. All three important areas that need to deliver if we are to reach the climate target for the transport sector. The 2030-secretariat is independent from individual companies and political parties and does not favour any specific technology or solution. The reduction of CO2 is what counts. We are equally inspired by entrepreneurship and innovation as we are with grit, the on-going task of increasing efficiency. We need all to reach the climate targets.