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The capital bets on clean energy

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Warsaw, together with three European partners, will develop model solutions for the utilisation of renewable energy in city development within the framework of the “Cities on Power” project.

A conference was held on Wednesday, 7 November, in Turin, which summarised the halfway point in this initiative. 260 people took part in the conference: public administration employees from the Piedmont region, engineers, producers of technology for renewable energy, architects, financial-sector representatives and partners in the “Cities on Power” project from Austria, Germany, Poland and Italy.

The Director of Environmental Protection Department in the Turin Province, Roberto Ronco, highlighted the significance of the international cooperation and benefits stemming from the joint implementation of these projects, which aim at supporting the achievement of the Union objectives of the “3x20%” package: 20% emissions reduction, 20% decrease in energy consumption and increased use of renewable resources to 20% of total energy production.

The capital was represented by those responsible for the “Cities on Power” project. Ms Magdalena Zowsik, Project Technical Coordinator, presented the current progress status and the policy of the Capital City of Warsaw regarding the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions. Marco Bacchini, from the Ravenna province, displayed the results of the measurements conducted from February in the public-utility buildings in Warsaw, Klagenfurt and Turin. Additionally, Markus Biberacher, from Research Studio Austria, presented the concept of an energy calculator, which is to estimate the possible energy production from renewable sources based on the solar and geothermal map. Owing to this, the residents of Warsaw and other partner cities and regions will be able to estimate the profitability of investing in photovoltaic installations and heat pumps.

Silvio de Nigris, Head of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Office for the Turin province, presented the results of a freshly-published energy report. According to its conclusions, energy consumption in the Turin province has dropped by 16% in the course of 10 last years; conversely, the quota of renewable energy has increased by 3%, and currently equals 10% (the total energy consumption quota). Biomass, oxidised in domestic boiler rooms, and hydroelectricity plants,  are the most popular sources of renewable energy. Solar-energy places third.

The “Cities on Power” project was created to prepare a joint response to the problems concerning climate protection and restricted access to natural resources used in energy production. The project aims at increasing the significance of renewable energy sources in satisfying the energy needs of cities. Owing to “Cities on Power”, guidelines concerning the methods of further supporting the development of renewable energy sources will be created. Energy profiles will be established for five chosen buildings in the capital. Based on the results of these estimates, we will draw up a project of investments which will guarantee the most optimal utilisation of the supplied resources and implement energy acquisition from natural sources.

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