Sustainable transformation of public buildings and infrastructure: The example of Gijon, Spain
Gijón has a smart and sustainable city model and this contract, financed through the European Energy Efficiency Fund, with which the city will be transformed over the next 15 years, has a budget of 204.1 million euros and now this is in the phase of evaluation of offers. And it constitutes a new step in this model since it not only contemplates the comprehensive and intelligent management of lighting but also of municipal buildings and facilities, as well as the deployment and operation of the open and interoperable internet of things network.
Today Gijón is still a city like so many others, with a lighting network based for the most part on traditional technologies, and which has not yet deployed its potential as a smart city. Our strategy will allow, on the one hand, to reduce the energy bill and greatly improve environmental sustainability, reducing emissions of polluting gases. And on the other hand, it will give us the possibility of managing public services in a much more intelligent way, with which we will also have more and better services, and at a lower cost for citizens.
The purpose of the contract is the comprehensive and intelligent management of electricity and thermal supply, public lighting, municipal buildings and facilities, the deployment and operation of the neutral, open and interoperable network for the IoT and the innovation of services for its green and digital development. During the first years, 23 million euros must be invested, divided as follows:
• 19.5 million euros in the comprehensive renovation of the lighting and for the intensive application of technology and the internet of things, in order to achieve an improvement in energy efficiency
• 3.5 million euros to be invested in lighting and technology at municipal buildings.
Among other measures, the plan includes:
• The renovation of 42,800 lighting points, all of the existing ones in the city,
• The renovation of 24,800 energy consuming devices in buildings.
• The installation of 250 internet access points with Wi-Fi throughout the municipality and
• The installation of 6,446 presence detectors to achieve more energy savings.
• Investment plan in energy saving and renewable energies during the 15 years of the contract.
• Gijón DemoLAB: These are urban laboratories within the city and their purpose is to make the people and agents of the city participate in the technological advance, the transition to a new energy model and the way of providing the energy service, with a social component and sustainability that promotes the achievement of the objectives set by Europe and the United Nations in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals, green and digital development, energy transition and social and territorial cohesion of the municipality through public collaboration and private. These actions are divided into 4 areas: innovation; sustainability; gender equality and corporate social responsibility.