In Luleå pilot – The house of culture, during the project is was decided to make Living Lab methodlogy use permanent.
There has also been discussions with the management in the House of Culture in order to find a solution for how to involve the users in the Pilot building, that were not included in the SAVE ENERGY- project.
Politicians have expressed a wish to use the method and the technical solution (real time information) also in the Luleå City Hall.
Input from the SAVE ENERGY project will be used in several new projects. LKTF is providing two school buildings for the SITE- project, aiming at testing the methodology and technical solution (RTI) where the students are in focus for possible behaviour change.
Also a new preschool is going to be built, where the methodology and technical solution (RTI) is going to be used, focusing on two different user categories: the staff in the kitchen and preschool children, meaning two different models of visualizing data.
There has been a strong interest towards the project and its results from the County Administration, the County Council and a number of municipalities in Norrbotten and Västerbotten counties.
There are discussions about a housing construction exhibition in Luleå in the year 2014. One topic could be results and exploitation from the SAVE ENERGY- project.
The project personnel of the SAVE ENERGY project is going to continuously support to students in the Luleå University of Technology, showing big interest in the project. Also efforts are made in order to be able to act in a role as supervisor for students showing big interest in the method and technique used in the SAVE ENERGY- project during their internship period.
The City of Leiden is part of a region with 525.000 inhabitants. The Regional Agency for the Environment is charged with the task to reduce CO2 emissions. The goal as defined in the 2008 Regional Climate Programme is a 40% reduction in 2030 (1160 kT/a), additional regulation (EU and national) require a further 560 kT reduction.
Regional Climate Programme sets out a strategic framework of actions that need to be taken by organisations and individuals throughout Leiden to address the challenges and opportunities of climate change between now and 2030.
The actions aim collectively to substantially reduce the city’s emissions of CO2 and to achieve a change in culture that enables residents, businesses and other organisations to take steps to adopt and implement the principles of a low carbon economy. The energy savings by municipalities will be accomplished in the following areas:
- Municipal buildings: CO2 reduction of 23 %
- Use of 100% Green Electricity
- Lightning in public areas
- Savings in ICT energy consumption 40% at office PC’s and 17 % in the server rooms
- Energy efficiency in the mobility of the workforce: bicycles/public transport
Other activities include:
- Communication activities on energy saving
- Service points on energy saving for citizens and enterprises
- Two Pilots in parts of the city in existing homes
- New Buildings: implementation of new regulations for sustainable buildings
- Only green trucks in the city center
The Leiden SAVE ENERGY pilot has provided key opportunities to exploit knowledge and good practice:
- Energy monitoring equipment and the use of sensors for data collection
- Organisational and behavioural change
The following actions to exploit the results of the project have been planned by Leiden Municipality:
- The infrastructure for detailed monitoring of energy consumption and user behaviour will be used to do a quick scan of the various buildings used by the City of Leiden or where the energy bill is paid by the City: City buildings, schools, sports facilities. To reduce the cost of installation and analysis and also provide a learning experience these scans will be carried out by students from the Leiden College (ICT department) and the Regional Vocational College (ICT Academy).
- A first ‘quick scan’ project will be carried out at the Leiden College starting in November 2011.
- In the Save Energy pilot several opportunities for energy conservation through organisational improvement have been identified. These will be used to define and implement an effective energy management organisation.
- In cooperation with the Regional Agency for the Environment workshops will be organised for dissemination of the knowledge on energy and behavior monitoring obtained from the Save Energy Pilots. The first workshop is planned for November 2011.
Helsinki’s annual CO2 emissions are currently over 3.0 million tonnes (41% commercial, 34% domestic and 19% transport). Emissions per capita are more than 5.2 tonnes. Helsinki has commited in reducing the CO2 emissions by 20 % from the level of 1990 by 2020.
City of Helsinki is the owner of more than 1,300 public buildings (3,300,000 sqm) and 2,100 residential buildings (4,000,000 sqm). The energy consumption of the buildings is more than 80 % of all the energy use of the city organization. The buildings are the cause for more than 70 % of all the CO2 emissions based on energy consumption of the city organization.
As a part of national voluntary energy efficiency agreement between the city and Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Helsinki has commited in saving energy in its own activities by 9 % from the level of 2005 until 2016. The departments of the city are commited to saving energy by 2 % each year starting in 2011.
Save Energy among other R&D projects, pilot case studies and ongoing energy efficiency work provides experiences of using new tools and delivering information, which can be used in wider scale when methods are tested and evaluated, the results are encouraging, the options for exploitation are investigated and implementation is found profitable.
The exploitation plan of Helsinki pilot is introduced in the table below (click the table to make it larger).
Manchester’s annual CO2 emissions are currently over 3.3 million tonnes (47% commercial, 30% domestic and 23% transport). Manchester aims to be a Low Carbon City by 2020 including a reduction in operational emissions of 20% by April 2014 and 41% by the end of 2020 based on 2008/9 levels.
The Manchester City Council plan: “Manchester. A Certain Future”, (published 2010) sets out a strategic framework of actions that need to be taken by organisations and individuals throughout Manchester to address the challenges and opportunities of climate change between now and 2020. The actions aim collectively to substantially reduce the city’s emissions of CO2 and to achieve a change in culture that enables residents, businesses and other organisations to take steps to adopt and implement the principles of a low carbon economy.
The Manchester SAVE ENERGY pilot has provides three key opportunities to exploit knowledge and good practice.
- Energy monitoring equipment and the use of sensors for data collection
- Behavioural change
- Lighting changes and LEDs
Directorate Service Plans
Each service area of the city is required to have its own Low Carbon Service Plan. This sets out actions to manage and progressively reduce the annual carbon budget for each service. To manage this reduction and assign service-level responsibility, carbon budgets are being introduced. Services are preparing “Low Carbon Service Plans”, setting out those actions they will take in the period 2010-20 in order to manage and progressively reduce their annual carbon budget. The SAVE ENERGY team are working with MCC departments to the support development of the plans.
MCC Buildings and Energy Group
Buildings and energy constitute 73% of the municipality’s operational carbon emissions. The group is a cross departmental working group established to coordinate a “Buildings and Energy Programme” to reduce operational carbon emissions. The group includes representatives from Corporate Property, the City’s Energy Management Unit, Capital Programmes Division and the SAVE ENERGY project with support from the Environmental Strategy Team. The primary focus for 2011/12 is achieving reductions in CO2 that reduce costs with little or no investment or short payback periods.
Good practice and lessons learnt from SAVE ENERGY are being shared with the group and made available for wider dissemination.
The Big Challenge Campaign
The Big Challenge is a campaign run the MCC Environmental Strategy Team to help staff understand the changes that they need to make to reduce carbon emissions Council-wide. The campaign uses lessons learnt from the SAVE ENERGY project. Dissemination is principally via the intranet supported by team briefings.
The test object at the gallery catering kitchen provides an opportunity to share findings and lessons across the city. The findings of the project are planned to be shared with the MCC Neighbourhood Services.
The project has undertaken activities to reduce the use of the lighting in the building both in the galleries as well as other spaces e.g. cafe. This is in addition to supporting the switch to LEDs – an issue for displaying art objects as not all LEDs suitable for the purpose. This work will continue and the findings from the project shared with other institutions, in particular other galleries (see below).
Greening the Art Gallery – MAG Website
The art gallery host a website independent of the main city council website. The gallery is developing a series of separate pages which will explain to members of the public and other interested parties the green initiatives at the gallery. This will include rich media content and staff speaking about the impact of the SAVE ENERGY project. www.manchestergalleries.org.
Manchester Art Gallery Energy Reduction – Phase II
The SAVE ENERGY pilot offers a legacy of new working practices that museums can apply. Phase two looks more detail at equipment infrastructure. The gallery currently has ten separate air conditioning plants provide controlled heating, cooling and humidification with gas boilers, electric chillers and a combination of gas and electric humidification – all controlled by a central Building Management System (BMS). The complexity of the plant and BMS and the lack of appropriate technical knowledge within Galleries and MCC prevent significant progress in driving down demand to meet the City’s 2020 carbon reduction commitments. The high standard of environmental control required for museum and gallery collections adds a further layer of complexity. Work is currently underway to understand the building better with an aim of replacement of the plant within two years.
The SAVE ENERY project in Lisbon aimed at promoting the adoption of more energy efficient behaviours in service buildings. The pilot was held at Lisbon’s Municipality main office building at Campo Grande 25/27. During one year, the 1 B block electricity consumption was monitored and the data presented to the technicians in real time. Additionally awareness raising actions on energy and energy efficiency issues were organized.
The success of the project in one of the building’s block was the key to decide on its wider implementation to monitoring the electricity consumption in the whole building. The data will be collected at the main electricity board and will be made available via a dedicated website that will be open to the public.
Comprising a wider target, focused not only on the Municipality’s administrative technicians, the project’s exploitation plan intents to further extend the living lab concept to the Municipality’s buildings managers office. For this effect, the mechanical and electrical installation department office will also be monitored, following a specific request from this department after the technicians visit to the SAVE ENERGY pilot installation and were presented the functionalities involved in the monitoring system. The data collected here will also be made available in real time to the technicians, in parallel with the organization of awareness raising actions that aim to enrich the real time data availability experience and foster the appropriation of this type of concepts by the buildings managers. The goal is to promote these technicians acquisition of competences so they can replicate this process and progressively promote the adoption of more energy efficient behaviours in other Municipal buildings.
Additionally, and following the experiences held by the Helsinki SAVE ENERGY pilot at schools, the SAVE ENERGY Lisbon pilot exploitation plan will dedicate also to basic schools, aiming to appropriate and replicate some of the positive experiences reported by the Finnish partners of the SAVE ENERGY project. A school managed by the Lisbon Municipality was already chosen to receive monitoring equipment that will collect electricity consumption data and display it to the school users, namely teachers, students, janitors and other school staff. In the particular case of the chosen school data will also be available for the electricity being produced locally by the micro-generation photovoltaic system installed in the school’s roof cover, aiming to achieve a best practice school working in the various areas of energy use. The work to be developed at the school will much focus on teachers, engaging them in student’s awareness raising actions, education on energy efficient measures and active use of awareness raising tools like the serious games produced during SAVE ENERGY. Being able to disaggregate the consumptions in the school different areas, namely the kitchen and the canteen, a dedicated communication process to engage kitchen staff to reduce this sectors energy consumption will also be pursuit.