Discover the EU Sustainable Energy Award nominees: Public Sector
Next week the winners of the EU Sustainable Energy Awards for 2017, which showcase Europe's most innovative sustainable energy products, will be announced as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) (19-25 June). Today 13 June, we preview the nominees in the Public Sector category. There are three other categories (Businesses, Consumers and Energy Islands) and voting is open until tomorrow for any of the nominees to win the 2017 Citizens’ Award.
Bucharest Sector 1 – Thermal Rehabilitation Programme (Bucharest, Romania). This programme to improve the energy efficiency of Bucharest's apartments and public buildings has insulated walls and roofs and installed double glazed windows in 839 residential blocks as well as 140 public facilities, including over 100 kindergartens and schools. New efficient boilers have also been installed and an energy audit of all public buildings carried out. The programme has been extended to other districts in the city.
Beenergi Programme (Girona, Spain). Innovative funding arrangements and ongoing training are being provided to 70 small municipalities in Girona as part of this programme, to help them save energy and give SMEs the tools to become part of the growing green economy. In particular, it has made it possible for towns to install energy efficient street lighting as well as biomass boilers in public buildings. It also involves the management of local forests to produce biomass for energy generation, at the same time reducing the risk of forest fires.
CELSIUS - Smart District Energy (Gothenburg, Sweden). This project brings together 65 European cities, along with representatives of industry, other EU-funded projects, academia and special interest groups, to develop energy-efficient district heating and cooling systems. These systems use a network of pipes to distribute heat generated at a central location through buildings. Test initiatives already developed by the project have cut Europe’s CO2 emissions by almost 100 000 tonnes per year.