The future at the microscope… Planning for Energy Efficient Cities (PLEEC)

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Today we present a european project about energy efficient.


The PLEEC Project is considered in a setting which is beginning to suffer the consequences of climate change, and where the main generators of greenhouse effect gases are the main producers and users of unsustainable energy.

Within this frame, the PLEEC project will identify technologies, social behaviours and structural measures in a series of medium-sized European cities with innovative and ambitious plans in energy-saving matters. It will also propose action models and plans based on the three aforementioned mainstays, which will be diffused in Europe following a complete and detailed communication plan.

 The PLEEC Project considers the following more specific objectives:

  1. Evaluate the potential of various energy-saving measures
  2. Demonstrate how integrated planning of measures proves more efficient than implementing different measures separately
  3. Develop more specific Action Plans to present them to those in charge in each city
  4. Contribute to the efforts made to fulfil the SET-Plan objectives set to reduce energy consumption by 20% in 2020


In order to fulfil these objectives, there is an international consortium with 18 partners from 13 European countries who are mainly distributed in cities or in research centres. They have a 4 million euro budget financed by the 7th European Union Framework Programme for Research and Development.

The Spanish Project members are the USC and the Santiago de Compostela City Council. The USC participates in the project with a multidisciplinary team of researchers from CITIUS, IIT and from the Applied Mathematics and Statistics and Operational Research Departments. This team will participate in determining the profiles and the classification of the participating cities, in evaluating the potential of efficient energy and energy-saving technologies towards sustainable development, and in designing innovative solutions for an energy-efficient city through integrated planning.


The project will apply the “Smart Cities” methodology to classify the participating cities, will compare them with those previously evaluated, and will study their potential for the various aspects of this methodology, which will be taken into account while the project is underway.

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