What we do

Our activities are based around our distribution network, through which we provide our customers with heating and cooling, and we supply electricity to the Stockholm area. Today, more than 800,000 Stockholmers and around 400 locations – including hospitals, data centres, and other private and public sites – are connected to our district heating network, which is in turn connected to our heating and cogeneration plants. These facilities capture residual heat and transform biofuels and waste that can no longer, or should no longer, be recycled into energy for distribution to all our customers and the community.

At all points of our value chain, we and our business partners work to minimize our impact on people and the environment. In addition to removing heavy metals and other harmful substances from the environment during combustion, we seek to ensure that our own residual products can be used elsewhere in society.

What are we part of?

Through our distribution network, we are the core of Stockholm’s extensive energy supply and waste management infrastructure. This means that we face many of the same opportunities and challenges that Stockholm and our customers face.

Today, Stockholm and society at large are undergoing extensive change. Electrification and digitalisation are – together with increased resource efficiency and reduced climate impact – the societal trends that are most significant to our continued business and development.

Where are we headed?

At every point of our value chain, from energy production to use, we identify and develop solutions that meet ongoing changes for the benefit of our customers, employees, and society. We are focused on meeting the energy needs of the fast-growing Stockholm region, while at the same time improving sustainability by developing circular solutions and counteracting environmental impact.

We believe that it is our responsibility to continually develop our operations in line with the expectations of our customers, employees, and society as a whole to strengthen our long-term competitiveness. But we’re not satisfied with that. With our knowledge and expertise, we also want to be an enabler and a guide for the transition to an increasingly resource-efficient society and thereby contribute to sustainable development for all.

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Environment and sustainability

Almost 90 per cent of our district heating is generated from renewable or recycled fuels, but we don’t think that’s enough. Our journey towards making that amount 100 per cent lies at the heart of our operations. In this section, you will find details of our progress towards that target.

Renewable and recycled fuels

Almost 90 per cent of our district heating is generated from renewable or recycled fuels. Since the 1990s, we have doubled the geographical area to which we supply heat, but have reduced our total greenhouse gas emissions from our district heating.

This is a key reason for Stockholm being named by the EU as the world’s first European Green Capital in 2010.

Our goals are not only related to greenhouse gases. It is also important not to use more of the Earth’s resources than the planet can cope with. Therefore, we primarily use residual products, such as waste or residues from forestry, and surplus heat from, for example, data centres and supermarket refrigerated counters to heat Stockholm. Resources that are taken from nature to become energy, are generally known as primary energy. We’re aiming to get as close to zero primary energy use as possible.

Heat emissions reduced by two thirds

It is important that we achieve our targets because our actions are decisive for Stockholm’s overall climate transformation. If we broaden our perspective from our own operations to Stockholm as a whole, our impact becomes obvious.

Heating is one of the world’s largest sources of emissions. In 1990, simply heating Stockholm caused more greenhouse gas emissions than transport and electricity generation – combined.

Almost 30 years later, Stockholm is as nice and warm in the winter as it was in 1990, but heating generates 0.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide per inhabitant per year, instead of 2.9 tonnes. One explanation for this is that many people have made their homes more energy efficient: better insulation, smarter heating systems, and modern window panes. Another explanation is that thousands of Stockholmers have replaced their own boilers with district heating.

The whole of Stockholm’s environmental footprint has more than halved, largely because heating emissions have dropped by two thirds.

Our district heating has thus become more renewable and efficient itself, but it is at least as important that even more Stockholmers have switched to district heating. We are approaching 100 per cent renewable or recycled energy, and Stockholm is aiming to be an entirely fossil-free capital city. But the closer you get to zero, the harder it becomes.

As far as we are aware, no other capital city has made a change of this magnitude before. And the target date is tough. But by working collaboratively, we will succeed.

Social responsibility

Stockholm Exergi works actively to get disadvantaged young people into the labour market. We think that this is an important responsibility we have as a local company. We work with different types of initiatives, such as training and apprenticeships. In all our programmes, we collaborate with other organisations, from the City of Stockholm to small voluntary groups, and have a willingness to meet people who want to work with us.

Careers – We give you the opportunities you need to make the most of your energy.

We offer an exciting working environment where you can transform energy into a sustainable future. We ensure that we all grow and develop. Working together, we drive lasting change. We give you the opportunities you need to make the most of your energy.

Stockholm Exergi is the result of hundreds of committed people. Hundreds of thoughts, perspectives, and emotions that work together to make Stockholm and the world more sustainable. With us, you get the opportunity to share your energy with more than a million Stockholmers, on a daily basis. Working at Stockholm Exergi, you become part of what it takes to provide heating when it’s cold and cooling when it’s hot. You help illuminate the way home in the dark and make energy use more efficient for an entire city. Read more about us and how we contribute to a sustainable Stockholm.

This is so important to us that we call it our promise to you and everyone else who wants to work with us, from the day you sign your employment contract. By sharing our energy, we provide the working environment you need to get the most out of your own energy. This means that you can influence your everyday life, broaden, or deepen your knowledge, or completely change tracks. We do everything we can to enable you to unleash your energy – for you and for Stockholm. Because by sharing energy, everyone can grow and develop. By sharing energy, we make a difference.

If you already know that you would like to work with us, go directly to current vacancies. But if you’d like to get to know us a little more, please read on.

Youth employment

Stockholm Exergi wants to help reduce unemployment among disadvantaged groups of the labour market. One such group is the young people of Stockholm, whom we work with through our apprenticeship programme and training initiatives.

Apprenticeships
We give young people who, for various reasons are outside the labour market, a six-month apprenticeship during which participants have the opportunity to see what it is like to work and be part of a larger context. The idea is to prepare young people for the future by improving their self-esteem and giving them a great start to their CV.

My Dream Now training
Through the My Dream Now initiative, we meet and inspire schoolchildren to dare to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. Through coaching, young people are allocated role models with different educational and professional backgrounds. Read more about My Dream Now here

Apprenticeships

Since 2017, we have run apprenticeship programmes to help young people take their first step into the labour market – a great way to reduce youth unemployment. As part of this programme, we have a long-term partnership with the City of Stockholm to make an even bigger difference and develop our collaboration over the long term. But we’re not satisfied: we want more organisations to launch similar initiatives. We’re happy to share what we have learned and want to collaborate with other actors in Stockholm and elsewhere. Together we can make a big difference.

Mentoring

Several Stockholm Exergi employees act as mentors in local colleges. We meet our classes regularly to inspire students to set goals and action plans for their futures. We believe that this is important work because it brings young people into contact with the labour market. Furthermore, it is incredibly inspiring for our mentors to meet and interact with young people.

Would you like to collaborate with us?

We have only worked systematically with social sustainability since 2017. So, in some ways, we’re still beginners, even though we’ve been committed to social sustainability for many years. But above all, it means that we are passionate about doing much more than we already do, and about trying new things. So, if you would like to meet us to see whether we can work together, or if you have ideas for collaborations and other initiatives, please contact us.