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ENERGY CITIES' PROPOSALS FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION OF CITIES AND TOWNS

1.6 Lead by example by transforming municipal energy management
Empowering local players

The problem at hand

Municipalities 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.

Proposal

Introduce –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

  • Appointing an elected representative in charge of the project and hiring  an energy manager with a small team, to be paid for out of the savings made. Building an in-house information system with key indicators of the energy use, and of the savings made and re-allocated.
  • Drawing up a multi-annual action plan so as to schedule investments and integrating an “energy savings” and “renewable energy” section in all future work planning.
  • Communicating the results internally and to the population with the Display® poster (www.display-campaign.org).


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