Stoke-on-Trent has teamed up with a Swedish city to give its residents a brighter future!
The Potteries is forging an alliance with Helsingborg to make energy cheaper and more reliable for homeowners.
And now Swedish residents are hoping it will lead to other links in the future – including football!
Representatives from both cities met at the Swedish Embassy in London this week to create the ‘Smart Energy Alliance’.
They have been backed by private industry partners including Siemens, Heatnet and Nordic Heat, VenturaNext and Solarplicity.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has already began installing 4km of piping for its new heat network, designed to bring sustainable, low carbon and low cost heat energy to the city.
Cllr Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: “It’s a very exciting time for the city right now, with the first pipes being laid in our pioneering heat network.
“We are fast becoming a centre of excellence for energy systems development, and are leading the way in the delivery of affordable energy and clean growth.”
Helsingborg is developing its own energy systems for cheaper and cleaner power after becoming one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden.
Lars Näckmark, a Helsingborg resident and member of the Swedish Stokies Supporters Branch, said: “I have seen information about the partnership in local newspapers and think that sharing smart energy solutions is a really good idea.
“Helsingborg is one of the oldest towns in Sweden, located in the South West, and the city is known for its old castles, beaches, and the football team, Helsingborgs IF.
“Hopefully, there can be more partnerships between the cities in the future, and maybe Stoke City FC could come over here and play a friendly match!”
Ann-Sofi Gaverstedt, senior advisor for international affairs at Swedish Energy Agency, said: “To be able to transform our Swedish energy system into a low carbon system we need to work internationally.
“We need to share experiences, bring back new ideas and innovation, and create partnerships across academia, businesses and the public sectors to make the shift happen.
“We have identified Stoke-on-Trent as one of the frontrunners in the UK when it comes to transforming your own energy system and we also share the same vision around creating opportunities for the growth of the economy and jobs.”
(Helsingborg picture curtesy of David Castor- Stoke-on-Trent image curtesy of geograph.org.uk)