Enabling energy efficiency in urban planning

By District Energy posted 02-13-2018 00:00


CORDIS, European Commission

Enabling energy efficiency in urban planning© JaiFotomania, Shutterstock


A training network has enabled young Europeans to develop urban decision-making tools capable of minimising non-renewable energy use in cities.

The EU-funded CI-NERGY project – which was trialled in the cities of Geneva and Vienna – successfully created software tools for simulating renewable energy and urban energy efficiency scenarios. The project demonstrated how decision makers can approach this issue at the urban district level rather than for just each individual building, and underlined the importance of equipping scientists of the future with multiple skills.

Planning ahead

At the moment, energy efficiency simulation tools tend to focus on individual buildings rather than whole urban quarters. This makes it difficult for urban planners to take energy efficiency into account and to devise low carbon energy supplies when designing and planning refurbishment actions or new city developments.

The lack of quantitative information to seriously evaluate CO2 savings, or the cost and impact of retrofitting, renewable energy options, cogeneration or district heating extensions, was a key motivation for the CI-NERGY project.

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