Description of the project
EU-GUGLE seeks to demonstrate the viability of carrying out “near-zero energy” rehabilitation projects in 6 pilot cities on a large scale with models that can be replicated throughout Europe, in smart communities and cities by 2020.
In order to demonstrate the possibilities of launching sustainable rehabilitation in urban areas, the cities of Vienna (Austria), Aquisgrán (Germany), Milan (Italy), Sestao (Spain), Tampere (Finland) and Bratislava (Slovakia) have committed to renovating a total of 226,000 square metres of habitable space during the 5 years of the project. One of the principal aims is to achieve savings in primary energy of between 40% and 80% by district while increasing the use of renewable energy by 25% by 2018. During the 5 years that the project will last, Gothenburg (Sweden) and Gaziantep (Turkey) will participate as associate cities and are expected to implement rehabilitation initiatives.
The project forms part of the European Commission’s Smart Cities and Districts initiative which seeks to foster EU-wide dissemination of the most efficient models and strategies to achieve a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
Pilot city in the Basque Country
It is planned to refit a total of 24,509 square metres in the lower part of Sestao, achieving a 56% saving in primary energy. The first operation will involve refitting Nos. 25, 27, 29 and 31, Calle Txabarri.
To implement the project, Sestao Berri has drawn on help from two partners with wide experience in European projects, the Basque Energy Agency (EVE) and the National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER).