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Sustainable energy action plan (Covenant of mayors)

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Since 2005, Udine has been an active member of ‘Energy cities’, the European Association of local authorities inventing their energy future. The aims of the association are:

  • to strengthen cities’ roles and skills in the field of sustainable energy;
  • to represent interests and to influence the policies and proposals made by European Union institutions in the fields of energy, environmental protection and urban policy;
  • to develop and promote cities’ initiatives through an exchange of experiences, knowledge transfers and the implementation of joint projects.

In 2009, Udine signed ‘Covenant of Mayors’, the initiative to go beyond the EU’s energy and climate goals and to curb CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 via energy efficiency and renewable energy actions.

In order to meet these goals, the municipality of Udine is using coordinated methods, both on the definition and implementation of a general framework for action and on specific tools in the energy field. In the case of framework definition, Udine has recognised the need to manage the environmental impacts of its activities by putting in place an Environmental Management System (EMS) that is accredited by international standards. The mission of the Environmental Management System is to store, manage, verify, protect, retrieve and archive all municipal (and territorial) environmental data.

The Municipality of Udine is committed in many ways to promoting efficiency in the use of energy and has undertaken initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions and limit energy consumption, with attention to local planning and management.

Supporting the ‘Covenant of Mayor’ initiative is the most important action in this sense: it will allow the city to play a leading role in the 20-20-20 European commitment for the reduction of greenhouse gas emission, increasing the use of renewable energy sources and decreasing energy consumption. This means not only making changes to buildings, plants and public transportation, but also undertaking communication campaigns, in order to raise awareness and involve old and young citizens.

Specific important activities on energy issues are the ‘Local Energy Plan 2009’, which measures a city’s consumption of energy and identifies measures that would cut the use of traditional energy sources and promote renewable ones.

With this project the municipality can make a concrete contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions in public schools, which will become an example of the usage of renewable energies for citizens and private companies. Moreover, the municipality is developing a communication and education campaign aimed at students, as well as their families. The dissemination activities involve a variety of school types, from primary schools to technical high schools.

Award info
Award category: going green
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity:
Keywords: Energy action policies
Short English description: In order to meet these goals, the municipality of Udine is using coordinated methods, both on the definition and implementation of a general framework for action and on specific tools in the energy field.
Further information
Organisation: Municipality of Udine
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.comune.udine.it
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 11-15
Country: Italy
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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