Good practices of cities

Cities are raising their profile within the international energy efficiency arena. More and more cities are committed to become CO2 neutral and engage a low-carbon development transition. At COP23 in Bonn, 25 cities pledged to implement more and more ambitious actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change by 2020. Simultaneously the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy has formulated a global standard on cities' GHG emissions inventories, in alignment with the relative national commitments [source]. Therefore, the scenario demonstrates that the momentum of cities as key climate change actors is approaching. In line with the commitment to mitigate climate change, a number of cities worldwide has implemented actions to improve their energy efficiency rates. These actions demonstrated successful outcomes, innovative solutions, and alignment with national policy, which makes the good practices of cities for energy efficiency improvements. The collection developed by the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency presents these cases within the framework of a methodology inspired by the “Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency” publication by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe [source].

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Installation of ICT technologies in social housing

User generated Initiative

3e-HOUSES project deals with the integration of the most established ICT technologies in social housing in order to provide an innovative service for energy efficiency.

LED street lighting

User generated Initiative

In Colombia, the City of Bucaramanga upgraded its public lighting system by installing light-emitting diode (LED) lights to improve energy efficiency in various areas of the city, including the provincial bridge Viaducto de la Novena.

Smart LED Retrofit

User generated Initiative

The Smart LED Retrofit in Buenos Aires replaced the incandescent lighting of the whole city with smart light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs). Phillips Lighting won the project in public-bidding process.

Public lighting LED retrofits with remote monitoring systems

User generated Initiative

In the city of Sonsonate, El Salvador, the public lighting upgraded its light-emitting diode (LED) technology by adding a General Electric (GE) system. This is a conjoint project between AES El Salvador, UNITAPE LATINOAMERICA and GE.

CO2 reporting programme for small and medium sized facilities

User generated Initiative

Carbon Reduction Reporting for Small and Medium Entities (CRR) is a mandatory annual reporting programme of CO2 emissions for small and medium-sized facilities located in the Tokyo metropolitan. These buildings account for 60% of total Tokyo’s CO2 emissions from industrial and commercial sector.

Refurbishment of public buildings and modernization of public lighting

User generated Initiative

The project Zagreb Energy Efficient City (ZagEE) lead to the realization of energy savings by implementing economically sound and energy efficient technologies and measures to public lighting and buildings (90% of the buildings were classified below F energy class).

Energy efficiency in City Buildings

User generated Initiative

In the city of Cape Town, the Energy and Climate Change Unit has implemented a project to reduce the operating costs of City buildings, saving the City money and electricity and reducing carbon emissions.

Energy and water efficient apartments

User generated Initiative

Smart Green Apartments (SGA) is a free programme provided by the City of Sydney to guide multi-apartment buildings to decrease energy and water consumption and waste outputs through free audits and information on government rebates.

Energy efficient retrofits

User generated Initiative

Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover (KEEM) is a multi-partner program that is providing energy efficiency retrofits to Knoxville’s oldest buildings.

Urban redevelopment and expansion of the city centre

User generated Initiative

HafenCity is a major urban redevelopment project in Hamburg and it will enlarge existing city centre by 40%. Sustainability innovation is a major factor in this development of the area.

Smart City

User generated Initiative

The city of Jakarta, in partnership with Philips Lighting, upgraded the street lighting through the Smart City initiative. The initiative sees a Smart City as “where everything is connected to enable […] citizens to live safely and more comfortably in a city that is beautiful day and night”.

Cross-sectoral urban development plan

User generated Initiative

ECO2 Tampere is an internationally recognised project that has won and several sustainable development competitions. It is the most extensive cross-sectoral urban development plan in Finland that addresses energy efficiency, mobility, sustainable built environment and transportation.

TransMilenio Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

User generated Initiative

The capital of Colombia, Bogotá, has implemented an efficient and innovative bus system for urban transport using a Private Public Partnership (PPP). The public sector, represented by the TransMilenio S.A., planned the project with funding responsibilities and daily supervision.

First zero energy building in India

User generated Initiative

In 2014, New Delhi inaugurated the first zero energy building of India, named the Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, which hosts offices of Ministry of Environment and Forest.

Climate smart district

User generated Initiative

Hyllie Sustainable District – is the biggest development area in the city of Malmö aiming at becoming the most climate smart district of the entire Öresund region.

The urban redevelopment of Hammarby Sjöstad

User generated Initiative

The Hammarby Sjöstad is one of the most famous success stories of development of a sustainable district.

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