Buildings are one of the most recognized sectors, when it comes to the topic of energy within Public Administrations, especially as they are connected to energy consumption. According to European Commission, buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emmissions in the EU (source, European Commission.
On that account, municipalities and other public entities responsile for energy, oftentimes give priority to refurbishment of public buildings because of the tangible nature of this kind of measure. There are also several regulative and financial initiatives aimed at reducing total EU energy consumption and lowering CO2 emmissions through improving energy efficiency of public buildings.
On the other hand, some CitiEnGov project partners reported that there is a lack of interventions by industries, businesses and private owners of buildings related to energy policies, so there is still room for improvement there.
Energy consumption and potential savings, are closely linked to energy data, which is increasingly becoming an important factor in energy planning. This could be taken as an opportunity by private sector and public entities, as they could take advantage of available data and capitalize on it. In the long term, energy data from buildings, public lighting and mobility could be integrated in one city data network, which would enable efficient energy management.
The content of this section is structured into:
- Best practices: it contains examples of best practices about data, ICT and organizational issues related to the theme Buildings
- Technical guidelines: it contains reference information about energy data in the different regions of CitiEnGov related to the theme Buildings (also including energy production)