1.6 Lead by example by transforming municipal energy management
Empowering local players
The problem at handMunicipalities need energy for their buildings and various facilities, like street lighting, computers, water pumping and treatment as well as waste management systems. This represents 3-5% of their territories’ total energy requirements. It might be inferred from the above that this is negligible. On the contrary! It is possible to have a direct effect on energy and budgetary expenditure, with quick results. The required investments can often be financed from the savings made, a totally different situation when compared to other types of public investment which only generate additional operating expenses, year after year.
Committed, exemplary municipalities showing results are more credible when it comes to encouraging their populations to use less energy, more efficiently.
ProposalIntroduce –or reinforce– a voluntary energy consumption reduction policy in municipal buildings and other facilities.
Continuous implementation can result in up to 50% savings when no action has previously been taken. Some savings require no investment. A long-term plan aimed at retrofitting all properties by 2050, which means a yearly rate of 3%, is reasonable.
Conditions for success
Cities and towns that show the way
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