Buildings are one of the most recognized sectors, when it comes to the topic of energy within Public Administrations, especially because of their direct connection 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, 2018).
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.
Apart from public entities, some CitiEnGov project partners reported that in their regions, there is a lack of interest in energy policies and energy-related interventions by industry actors, businesses and private owners of buidings, 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 (Buildings)
- Best practices (buildings): Section contains examples of best practices about energy data, ICT and organizational issues related to the topic of buildings.
Technical guidelines (Buildings)
- Technical guidelines (buildings): Section contains reference information about energy data in the different regions of CitiEnGov related to the topic of buildings (also including energy production).