A competition between the partner cities had been launched at the beginning of the project. The objective was be for the cities to have the best results at the end of the project regarding energy savings. This “best performing city” competition initiative was also be wonderful tool to disseminate the project objectives and results of energy savings among the population (A12).
This awareness campaign coupled to large-scale impact monitoring helped not only communities achieve EU environmental goals, but to be a platform at the disposal of EC policy makers and experts to measure the scale and impact of their EBPD’s.
The objective of this action was to become aware of the importance and the challenge of monitoring and decreasing the energy consumption of municipal buildings in the context of global warming (A12).
Description: Euroquality organisde an awareness campaign dedicated to European cities as well as one dedicated to the involved municipalities’ citizens and public sector employees. The objective of this action was to become aware of the importance and the challenge of monitoring and decreasing the energy consumption of municipal buildings in the context of global warming and EU 2009 energy management (EBPD) policy and objectives.
Methods employed: An online questionnaire on the use of energy in public buildings was sent to at least 2 main cities per EU Member State then an automatic report was generated. This report informed the city representative of the need to monitor the energy consumption in public buildings in the context of global warming and EU policies. This report also provided advices and recommendations (best practices) for cities regarding the optimisation of energy consumption within public buildings and how to reduce one’s contribution to CO2 emissions through heating systems optimisation, etc. This educational campaign was be widely diffused on the Internet.
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In addition to the educational campaign, information on energy consumption monitoring in the municipalities of NANTES and VIGO and the GREENCITY solution had been diffused through the Project Portal. This allowed the establishment of a “best performing city” competition initiative. The objective was to motivate the cities to compete against each other in terms of energy performance throughout the project. This innovative energy management competition have been disseminated together with project objectives and results of energy savings among the EU population.
Constraints and assumptions: Gathering answers from the European cities that received the awareness questionnaire as well as getting the attention of the local population will be quite challenging. Euroquality realized first a database containing the details of European cities without an energy management system which facilitated the selection of awareness survey targets. The involvement of the local population was the responsibility of each city and requirde a well-planned communication plan.