Seville action plan on sustainable energy

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The Seville Action Plan on Sustainable Energy is the foundation used to comply with the city’s commitments to tackle Climate Change. This plan has been drafted within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors, an initiative created by the European Commission for local authorities to combat climate change. The Covenant of Mayors is a voluntary, unilateral undertaking by the cities involved to look beyond EU energy policy objectives with regards to reducing CO2 emissions by means of greater energy efficiency, the production and use of cleaner energy and social mobilisation and involvement in the implementation of a new energy culture.

The Action Plan is based on the city’s emissions inventory in 2007. This inventory was calculated using the carbon footprint method proposed by the Regional Ministry of the Environment and evaluates the contribution of different everyday city activities to the greenhouse gas emissions, measured as equivalent CO2 emissions.

The results obtained show that in 2007 the city of Seville created 2.9 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. Power consumption linked to buildings, equipments and facilities is responsible for 49% of this figure, whilst transport causes 46% of the emissions and the remaining 4.6% is attributed to “other sectors”, including waste and water management.

The Action Plan on Sustainable Energy aims to reduce this figure of 2.9 million tonnes by 22.20% by 2020, applying measures in transport and mobility, the use of renewable sources of energy, town planning, housing, waste, water, etc., as all these sectors have a direct impact on power consumption and CO2 emissions. From 2006 to 2010, Seville reduced CO2 emissions by 217,993 tonnes, thus attaining 7.5% of the total objective.

The Seville City Council has endeavoured to design a realistic and practical Action Plan on Sustainable Energy. It has done so with the active involvement of the different council departments and public companies which are part of the local corporation’s structure providing services and holding responsibilities related to climate change and energy.

As a result of this participatory process, the Action Plan on Sustainable Energy is an overarching integral project, including all the initiatives and projects developed in the city since 2007 and planned for the short and medium-term, in which the primary or secondary objective was a reduction in power consumption and CO2 emissions.

The Council Department for Environment has estimated the resulting reduction in CO2 emissions based on prior experience:

  1. The increased performance of heating, air-conditioning, lighting and domotics systems in municipal buildings will lead to a reduction of 2,218 tonnes of CO2 in 2020.
  2. Centralised control of public lighting represents a reduction of 16,870 tonnes of CO2.
  3. A reduction of 16,694 tonnes is derived from the C-5 commuter train system from the Aljarafe district.
  4. Line 1 of the underground system represents a saving of 29,109 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Lines 2, 3 and 4 will represent an additional saving of 89,559 tonnes.
  5. The use of biofuels in the city’s waste collection vehicles reduces CO2 emissions by 589.6 tonnes.
  6. The same biofuels used in 156 of Seville’s urban buses represents a saving of 151 tonnes.
  7. The photovoltaic solar energy system installed in the municipal water utility facilities will represent 2,610 tonnes less of CO2 emissions.
  8. The installation of thermal solar power in the housing developed by the local corporation will mean a reduction of 7,934 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The city currently has 160 km of cycle tracks in the metropolitan area, with 53,000 bicycle users, 13,700 of whom would otherwise be using their cars. Cycling reduces CO2 emissions in Seville by 62,833 tonnes, around 2.5% of the total and nearly 4.6% of emissions due to mobility in 2007. We also save 246,406 Kwh, representing 7% less than in that same year.

The result is an ambitious yet viable Action Plan capable of reducing more than 645,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2020. An important percentage of that saving (63.15%) will be due to mobility-related measures, while the use of renewable sources of energy will lead to a 15.5% reduction and other sectors (energy efficiency, citizen awareness, waste, R&D, etc.) represent 21.35%.

The Seville Action Plan on Sustainable Energy is the city’s contribution to the international community’s struggle against climate change and yet another example of Seville’s commitment with  sustainable development.

“Sevilla Sostenible”, EN ESPAÑOL, y “Seville sustainable”  EN INGLÉS .

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