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Sustainable Energy Communities - Benchmarking of energy and climate performance indicators on the web (SEC-BENCH)

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Local communities have a significant potential in terms of saving energy and converting to more sustainable energy sources, especially in their own buildings and technical installations. SEC-BENCH developed a web-based benchmark solution to help local communities to identify, plan and realize this potential.

Results

  • The SEC-BENCH demonstrated the feasibility of benchmarking energy performance of municipal buildings and technical installations.
  • SEC-BENCH developed a web-based benchmark solution to help local communities to identify, plan and realize energy saving potentials in public buildings.
  • Set of indicators for benchmarking the energy and climate performance of municipalities' own buildings and technical installations.
  • Actual data collection from the municipal building stock of participating local authorities mounting to over 450 building entries.
  • Promote the SEC-BENCH project in order to create higher awareness among municipalities that gaining better control over the energy performance of the municipal building stock is a key element for further reduction of CO2 emissions at local level.
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Lessons learned

  • Institutionalizing the climate challenge by internalising the sustainability targets and turning the emissions and energy saving data management into routine is the key to success! There is a need to develop certain innovative measures that will help remove some of the identified barriers by increasing the technical and decision making capabilities of the municipalities.
  • The web-based monitoring and benchmarking tool has the potential to support the more than 1800 signatories to the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) initiative with the monitoring tasks related to their SEAPs that are now in progress across Europe. It will be easier for the CoM signatories to benchmark their own targets and achievements themselves, from their own desk.
  • Benchmarking the energy performance of municipal buildings is useful for the municipalities, and can contribute to realising a huge energy and cost saving potential. The benchmarking must be based on real, bottom-up, energy data which is difficult to collect for municipalities which may have difficulties to find the time and staff to do this job. A possible solution is to make better use of improved, low-cost technologies in the framework of Energy Management System EN16001.
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Contact

New Energy Performance AS
Norway
Contact point: 
Name: 
Hans Jacob Mydske
Tel: 
0047 92 60 03 07
Name: 
Hans Jacob Mydske
Tel: 
0047 92 60 03 07
Name: 
Hans Jacob Mydske
Tel: 
0047 92 60 03 07

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In brief

Duration:
01/11/2007 to 30/04/2010
Contract number: 
EIHOR/EIE/07/067/2007

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