City and Industry Energy Strategy
The European energy system is undergoing a major change. While cities concentrate 50% of the population and 80% of CO2 emission, the 20-20-20 European objectives can be only reached by a massive integration of renewable energy production and demand side management. Local authorities’ role in this transition is essential. Under the aegis of the Covenant of Mayors, thousands of cities throughout Europe committed themselves to design and implement a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) to reduce their CO2 emission, integrate renewable energy and decrease energy consumption. On their side, energy-intensive industrial plants are encouraged to decrease their energy consumption, in a context of increasing fuel prices and polluting emission regulation.
Because of the complexity of the energy system and of the diversity of involved services and external stakeholders, municipalities and industries have difficulties to fully grasp the energy stakes of their territory.
CitInES project developped two decision-support software tools: Crystal City is dedicated to help local authorities to design and monitor their energy action plan; Crystal Industry optimizes the value of investments and operational flexibility for complex industrial plants.
- 4 high-level research centers (INESCP for electric system modelling, AIT for building and energy infrastructure planning, ARMINES for long-term energy strategies and INRIA for optimization algorithms)
- 1 SME specialized in decision-support software in the Energy field (Artelys, leader of the consortium)
- 2 well-known industrial groups (Schneider Electric for its expertise in electric systems; TUPRAS, Turkish refineries as end-user) and 1 national company (ERVET for its expertise in energy processes)
- 2 large cities (Cesena and Bologna as end-users).