The Swedish wind energy industry introduced their first Code of Conduct for the sector in July 2012. The work was financed by the Swedish Energy Agency and both Swedish wind energy associations were involved in the preparation.
Wind power belongs to the top three most popular energy sources in Sweden together with PV and wave energy according to a survey by the SOM institute, University of Gothenburg. This gives wind industry some advantages such as higher level of social acceptance and easiness to recruit staff. In order to maintain this position the two Swedish wind power associations Svensk Vindkraftförening and Svensk Vindenergi began the process of developing a Code of Conduct in cooperation with the wind industry in 2009. The project was completed in the summer of 2012.
The project was divided into three phases: Phase 1, focused on communication issues for wind energy project developers which at the time was the most pressing issue; Phase 2 of the project focused on defining administrative procedures and elevating the Code of Conduct in order to become state of the art; and Phase 3, consisted of training for the wind energy industry and communication of the project. The result is primarily a six pages document describing the Code of conduct available for the public in Swedish and in English.
Companies can now join the Code of Conduct after completion of training and passing a test. The main advantage for joining is showing that you do more than what is required by law making participants more attractive for buyers, landowners, investors etc. For the wind industry as a whole this means they now has a tool to handle all sorts of questions from stakeholders in a structured way.
The Code of conduct for the Swedish wind market was developed in order to maintain the public’s high acceptance from the energy source. Companies joining the Code of conduct can benefit from becoming more attractive in the market. The industry has in the Code of conduct as a tool for addressing stakeholders questions on wind energy.