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CitiEnGov: collection, integration, harmonization and management of buildings’ energy-related data … in the real life

Piergiorgio Cipriano, Luca Giovannini, Marian Czyżewski, Cristiano Rinaldo and Chiara Franceschini

(Submission #182)


The Covenant of Mayors (CoM) for Climate and Energy [1] is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to reduce the CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 by increasing energy efficiency and through the use of renewable energy sources, and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change (for new signatories). Signatories commit to implement Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) on their territory, and submit an implementation report at least every second year for evaluation, monitoring and verification purposes. In order to answer all these requirements, the Interreg Central Europe CitiEnGov project [2] highlights the potential of energy-related data, including the use of location-based data, for the sustainable and integrated development of energy in urban areas. CitiEnGov is focused on energy-related information at the level of buildings, mobility and public lighting, with spatial local data to facilitate the monitoring of actions defined by signatories of the CoM. Many of these data themes are already included in the Annexes of the INSPIRE Directive, and their data specifications can be reused and extended in order to provide harmonised open data. In the case of Ferrara Municipality, are collected from different authoritative sources (2D footprints from the Municipal Register of Buildings, uses with volumes and number of units from the National cadaster, energy consumption from the National Tax Agency, energy performance certificates from the regional register of energy certificates, location of solar panels from the national GSE agency). Data are harmonised through a series of automatic procedures from legacy databases into a PostGIS structure implementing an extended version of the INSPIRE schemas for buildings; the data model also considered the ongoing activities of the CityGML Energy ADE [3] working group, therefore implementing concepts like ThermalZone objects to store and manage properly the information related to energy performance certificates or to energy consumption. The work undertaken in the Municipality of Ferrara within the CitiEnGov project is also based on the experience of a previous project (GeoSmarCity) in the city of Reggio Emilia, so to demonstrate the sustainability and transferability of the solutions and methodologies about energy-related data based on an interoperability phylosophy and following the INSPIRE Directive principles.

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Topic Area:  [1.9] Energy (renewable – non-renewable)
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation and paper in IJSDIR

Additional Fields

Comments:   Energy, Covenant of Mayors, Geographic Information System (GIS), INSPIRE

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