eea Gold municipalities (re)awarded in 2016

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Götzis (AT)

11'043 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

The municipality of Götzis has been involved in the eea process since 2003 and has consistently improved its assessment results. It has again and again implemented pioneering projects such as biomass local heating, a municipal local bus service, promenades and public spaces, and most recently a large-scale civic participation project to reduce the municipality’s overall energy requirements, to mention just a few examples. The broad-based energie:bewusst:götzis (energy:awareness:götzis) campaign constitutes exemplary cross-sectoral energy and climate protection work that has allowed the municipality to achieve considerable progress.

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Grosses Walsertal (AT)

3'338 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

The Grosses Walsertal region, which comprises 6 municipalities, has been actively committed to energy work for about two decades and began to address climate protection and energy issues systematically when it joined the e5 programme in 2001. The e5 objectives and the biosphere park agenda complement each other extremely well. The Grosses Walsertal Energy Region was established in 2009 with support from the Climate and Energy Fund of the federal Swiss government. Federal financial support has allowed the region to build further on its ongoing activities, which have been characterised by exemplary projects and the active involvement of the people living in the region.

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Hittisau (AT)

1'855 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

The small e5 team of the municipality of Hittisau has stood out through its exemplary commitment since its last certification round. Between 2010 and 2014, the municipality achieved improvements in all fields of action. The municipality has established a solid planning basis for future targeted action by adopting energy guidelines and a regional development concept. The municipality’s e5 team focuses on the areas of sustainable lifestyle and active civic involvement as a matter of priority in order to ensure that it will remain an attractive place to live for generations to come.

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Kötschach-Mauthen (AT)

1'423 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

In Kötschach-Mauthen renewable energy has been used since a long time. Already in 1886 the first water power plant was built. Today, there are21 small hydro power plants (all in private property), 3 reservoirs, Carinthian`s only wind power plant (located at 1,400m – one of the highest wind power plants in Europe), one biogas plant and several PV and thermal solar plants. Three biomass district heating systems were installed in 1997 to connect all public buildings. Today the town hall, the school buildings, residential buildings, public swimming pool, bank buildings and industrial plants are connected to the biomass district heating. Generated electricity that exceeds the regional demand is sold by the utility. A renewable power selling cooperation has been established between the “Alpen Adria Energie Naturstrom GmbH” and communities in the Waldviertel region (in the federal state Lower Austria) running wind power plants, in order to build a network of regional renewable energy producers.

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Villach (AT)

60'489 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

The city of Villach has been committed to climate protection and energy for over 30 years. Based on the systematic and strategic way in which Villach has embedded these concerns and relevant projects in its policies, the city was awarded first place in the European Champions League for Renewable Energy Sources in 2014. Since its last audit, Villach has implemented a number of projects, including the Photovoltaics 550 kWp civic involvement model, Smart City Villach, an urban development concept with civic involvement and the dedication of a separate working group to energy and mobility, urban development and architecture competitions for soft mobility, the provision of free initial energy consultations for residents, and over 1,000,000 kWh in energy saved within municipal buildings.

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Besançon (FR)

120'271 habitants - eea Gold since 2012

The City of Besançon’s Gold Cit’ergie award (Gold European Energy Award or eea) in 2012 represented widespread commendation of the in-depth work provided by the services and commitment of the elected councillors. This award, by virtue of its European breadth and the importance of the network of cities involved, gave the inhabitants of Besançon and Grand Besançon a reference point for comparison of both the place for an energy policy in a community as well as a municipality and Besançon’s place on a European and national scale in the domain of energy and climate protection. Besançon decided to establish a Clean Air Climate Energy Strategy in its region in conjunction with the PCAET (Regional Energy Climate Plan) of Grand Besançon. This strategy structured its approach by and large through the implementation of the Cit’ergie goals and plotted its course based on its desire to maintain its level of certification. It is now 10 years since the City committed itself to the Cit’ergie approach.

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Bad Schussenried (DE)

8'384 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

Bad Schussenried was a pilot municipality in the German state of Baden-Württemberg when it first committed to the eea process in 2006. The municipality’s successful energy and climate policies with an 81% ratio of implementation allowed Bad Schussenried to achieve eea Gold certification in 2012. The municipal administration and council aim at retaining eea Gold certification and building on relevant commitments.

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Bottrop (DE)

116'017 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2010

The city of Bottrop renewed its energy and climate protection targets as part of the InnovationCity Ruhr project. It plans to reduce CO2 emissions in the pilot region by 50% by 2020, compared to 2010 levels, and currently runs more than 100 relevant sub-projects. A large number of impressive projects have already been implemented during the first 5 years of the overall project term (2010-2015). Energy-related rehabilitation within the project area has been substantially increased, and many pilot and model projects have already been implemented. Municipal buildings are managed energy-efficiently at optimal cost. The buildings of the city of Bottrop are largely supplied with district heat. In terms of regional power supply, the city of Bottrop operates its own photovoltaic systems and makes municipal roof areas available for residents’ photovoltaic systems. The Bottrop sewage treatment plant, one of the largest in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is highly innovative and future-oriented in its design and has been awarded a number of prizes.

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Düsseldorf (DE)

602'310 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2013

The administration of the city of Düsseldorf has actively engaged with environmental and climate protection issues since 1987. Düsseldorf aims at becoming climate-neutral by 2050, with average annual per capita emissions of only two tons CO2 per resident. The construction of a highly efficient combined cycle gas and steam turbine power plant, which was commissioned in February 2016, has formed a major pillar supporting the city’s ambitious goals, while district heating systems have been expanded in parallel. The implementation of the “Promoting Growth, Designing Future” urban development concept for 2020 and beyond also supports the city’s aims. Düsseldorf’s climate protection concept is currently being revised through a broad-based, participative approach, and a climate adaptation concept is being developed.

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Friedrichshafen (DE)

58'350 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

By joining the Climate Alliance of European cities more than 20 years ago, the city of Friedrichshafen already made a public commitment to implementing a climate-friendly, cost-efficient and sustainable energy supply, which can only be achieved through a pioneering collaborative approach. As far as international collaboration is concerned, Friedrichshafen has become one of the highest-profile energy municipalities around Lake Constance. The city joined the eea programme as a pilot municipality as early as in 2006 in order to identify its own strengths, weaknesses and potentials in the six main fields of action in terms of energy and climate policy and to compare its performance with others. A number of beacon projects have been developed since the last audit, including one on “Local heating for home and work”.

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Greven (DE)

36'115 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2013

The city of Greven runs two energy consultancy offices and therefore provides excellent support to its citizens. Greven was a member of the Working Group of North Rhine-Westphalian Climate Protection Municipalities and is an active member of the Steinfurt District – energieland2050 project and the Münster urban region. Greven was a pilot municipality for the “RES market places” EU project and the “Heat registry” district project (2015). The city’s extensive roof areas on municipal buildings that are suitable for photovoltaic modules have been made available to the urban utilities for operating solar systems. In 2012, the municipal outdoor swimming pool and schools centre were the first municipal buildings to run on renewable energies. They are supplied with heat from a locally installed BTTP, which sources its biogas from a communal biogas plant operated by 29 local farmers.

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Disrict of Gütersloh (DE)

361'361 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2013

The district of Gütersloh has been actively committed to climate protection for many years. Apart from the issues of energy, climate protection and waste management, the projects run by the Energy and Climate Coordination Office (KEK) deserve particular mention. One of the core tasks of the KEK is to accelerate the rate at which old buildings are refurbished and to extend the municipal network of energy consultants and tradespeople. The municipal team responsible for implementing the district’s energy and climate protection concepts has been strengthened, and Gütersloh has developed a mobility strategy and catalogue of actions for further optimisation. In the field of waste management, bio-waste is being utilised for energy generation, while residual waste is transported to a disposal centre, where it is used for the production of substitute fuels to create a cycle that extends from disposal to production facilities. Landfill gas is used in BTTPs. In the past three years, the district of Gütersloh has built a large number of North Rhine-Westphalian climate protection estates.

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Iserlohn (DE)

93'799 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

Iserlohn has made a clear commitment to continuous, systematic energy management, greater climate protection and the increased use of renewable energies. This is apparent from the city’s decision to exceed the CO2 reduction targets set at EU and national levels, among others. Iserlohn additionally implements a number of relevant projects such as KWK cogeneration pilot estates (since 2014), is actively involved in the EU project E-Mobility Works and uses fuel cell technology to supply buildings with energy as part of a demonstration project. The city has additionally initiated a number of climate protection awareness measures such as “Climate/Forest/City Iserlohn”.

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Kempten im Allgäu (DE)

66'012 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

The city of Kempten has actively promoted climate protection for many years. The municipal council adopted a strategic climate protection goal with four sub-goals in 2009 and subsequently implemented energy policy measures systematically. In 2012, Kempten was chosen as a master plan municipality by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, and in 2015 it received the German Sustainability Award for the most sustainable medium-sized municipality.

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Lörrach (DE)

48'566 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2010

Lörrach successfully pioneered the Energiestadt process 15 years ago, and subscribes to the continuous, systematic further development of municipal climate policy as a fundamental principle. The city’s energy policy supports sustainability criteria, which have been enshrined in Lörrach’s urban profile to act as a beacon for other municipalities. Lörrach has set itself goals that are aligned with those of the 2000 watt society and the EU’s Covenant of Mayors. As a result, it aims to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% and increase the portion of renewable energies by 20% by 2020 (20/20/20). It also aims to become climate-neutral and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 80% by 2050. In so doing, the city of Lörrach exceeds the targets set by the Covenant of Mayors and already meets the standards agreed on at the Paris Climate Conference today.

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Ostbevern (DE)

10'500 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2005

The issues of energy, environment and climate protection have been firmly anchored in Ostbevern’s municipal policy for more than 20 years. Ostbevern has adopted relevant guiding principles with quantified targets, for example to increase the portion of renewable energies in power generation within the municipal territory by 100% by 2020, a goal that was achieved as early as in 2013. The municipality takes its model role very seriously. Electricity for municipal buildings and street lighting comes from CO2-neutral sources, municipal buildings are supplied with heat from 64% regenerative sources, and both the municipal water utility and sewage treatment plan operate very energy-efficiently. The municipality of Ostbevern played a pioneering role in initiating the Residents’ Bicycle Paths project, which has become an outstanding success throughout the Münsterland region. Ostbevern has been one of the six winners of the KWK model cogeneration municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia since 2014.

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Ravensburg (DE)

28'696 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

The city of Ravensburg was a pilot municipality in the German state of Baden-Württemberg when it first committed to the eea process in 2006. Due to its environmental focus in urban development, Ravensburg was one of Baden-Württemberg’s climate protection municipalities as early as in the 1990s and has since become an environmental model city in this federal state. In 2015, the Mittleres Schussental association of municipalities was recognised as Germany’s most outstanding energy and climate protection region.

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District of Ravensburg (DE)

277'800 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

The district of Ravensburg initiated the European Energy Award process as the German pilot district. By successfully focusing its policies on energy and climate outcomes, the District of Ravensburg achieved a result of 79% in 2012 and was awarded eea Gold certification on this basis. This was the best result achieved by any district in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. The district and its 22 participating eea municipalities form part of Germany’s largest eea region. The district administration and council aim at retaining eea Gold certification, building on relevant commitments and maintaining their leading position in Baden-Württemberg.

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Saerbeck (DE)

7'300 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2010

Saerbeck’s intensive engagement with the issues of energy and climate protection has been recognised by the municipality being awarded the North Rhine-Westphalian prize as outstanding climate protection municipality. Saerbeck has set itself the goal of achieving a positive energy balance based on regenerative energies by 2030 and has recently established a bioenergy park on the site of a former ammunition depot of the German Army for this purpose. The park includes wind power, photovoltaic and biomass plants, and its waste heat is used for drying processes, among others. Saerbeck has positioned itself as a pioneering municipality in Germany in terms of energy and climate protection. Numerous visitor groups, national and international presentations and visits by representatives of many ministries are clear evidence of Saerbeck’s special status. Since 2011, the municipality has welcomed more than 40,000 visitors, including from the USA, Japan, Dubai and China. Saerbeck has been awarded numerous prizes and has won many competitions in recent years, including the German Solar Award, the German Sustainability Award, recognition as KWK model cogeneration municipality and North Rhine-Westphalian Climate Protection Municipality.

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Wangen im Allgäu (DE)

27'000 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

“We aim to be a model in municipal climate protection and boost the use of renewable energies. The award, which was achieved with the active support of our energy team, motivates us to expand our climate protection activities further” (quote by Wangen’s mayor Lang at the award ceremony in 2012). The city of Wangen im Allgäu has been implementing numerous projects for almost 10 years in order to support its climate-neutral, sustainable urban policies.

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District of Warendorf (DE)

273'412 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2013

The district of Warendorf successfully completed its external audit in 2013, achieving a result of 82% – the highest achieved by any German district. The district participated in the model project supporting the implementation of the eea process at district level. These successes are based on the outstanding commitment to the issues of energy efficiency, renewable energies, sustainable mobility and climate protection which the district has demonstrated for over 15 years. The cornerstones of this commitment are a district-wide building refurbishment campaign, an INTERREG project focusing on local heating solutions, district-wide climate protection weeks held every two to three years, and the completion and central provision of a district-wide register of photovoltaic potential. The Residents’ Bicycle Paths initiative has been one of the district’s beacon projects: about 60 kilometres of new bicycle paths have been built with civic involvement in recent years.

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Bernex (CH)

10'098 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

Bernex, proud of its energy master plan, is in fact the forerunner in this matter and is endeavouring to implement the measures defined in its ambitious programme. This eea Gold award has provided significant support for implementing a coordinated energy policy based on a programme which presents concrete and effective measures. We are pursuing our goals and making energy a priority in our municipal policy; our widespread installation of meters and automated control systems, which allow monitoring, in real time, of the energy consumption of our municipal buildings, is proof of this.

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Cham (CH)

16'120 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2004

The municipality of Cham has achieved improvements in all major fields of activity since its last review audit. It has, above all, addressed the potential identified in its energy planning and has made an important step towards the more efficient use of energy by planning a large heating network (including waste heat from industrial facilities and sewage treatment plants).

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Delémont (CH)

25'190 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011

The city of Delémont equipped itself with an energy master design and ambitious energy planning targeting the objectives of the 2000 watt society (per capita consumption) and defined a strategy for abandoning fossil fuels in its area by 2030. Delémont has integrated energy into the realisation of its projects for many years. Each new construction must meet high energy performance standards. The city is developing services and products for the population and companies in favour of energy savings and renewable energies.

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Grand-Saconnex (CH)

12'171 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

The city of Grand-Saconnex is motivated and proud to be actively participating in energy saving measures with regard to soft mobility and waste management. The public administration authorities are committed to reminding everyone that energy must be used with respect and sparingly if we want future generations to benefit from the same level of comfort we have today. The city of Grand-Saconnex is always prepared to facilitate dialogue and encourage exemplary measures by all and for all, along with innovations in this domain.

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Meilen (CH)

13'124 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

The eea city of Meilen has continually deepened, systematised and institutionalised its activities since it was first eea-certified in 2004. Intensive collaboration between municipal authorities, schools, business and industry, the local age care facility and church constitutes a major factor in the municipality’s success. Highlights include the regional energy balance, municipal energy planning, the long-standing funding scheme for and availability of energy consultancy, the local utility’s product range, the use of waste heat from the sewage treatment plant, biogas feed-in, regular and well-established PR and communications, and exemplary promotion of energy awareness within the local school and with local businesses.

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Montreux (CH)

26'072 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

With primary energy per capita consumption of 3,864 watts and a reduction of 34% in its CO2 emissions in 2015, the municipality of Montreux has already achieved and exceeded its target objectives for 2020: 4,000 W per capita and a reduction of 20% in its CO2 emissions since the year 2000. The municipality is on the right track to meet the goals it set itself, i.e. to reach 3,500 W per capita by 2030 and reduce CO2 emissions by 42%. A Municipal Energy Master Plan (PDCen) has been developed to achieve this.

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Riehen (CH)

20'799 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2003

Riehen was the first Swiss municipality to be awarded eea Gold certification. The Riehen heating network is Switzerland’s only geothermal heating network and therefore acts as a central beacon project for modern energy policy. Municipal energy policy is additionally aligned with broadly supported energy guidelines and a concrete energy concept for 2014-2025. Other important activities include high-quality public transport connectivity and active communication with residents via the “energy pages”, which are widely known and much appreciated.

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Schaffhausen (CH)

36'087 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2004

Schaffhausen is one of the founding cities of the Energiestadt and Climate Alliance projects. Schaffhausen was first eea-certified in 1997, and the city has since continued to pursue highly active, comprehensive energy policies and has implemented numerous exemplary measures. Examples of its activities include the establishment and development of the Etawatt energy utility and the Energiepunkt energy information centre.

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Stans (CH)

8'112 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

The eea city of Stans has made a significant contribution to sustainable development for many years, partly by sensitising its local population and partly by implementing projects aimed at improving the municipal infrastructure. It has successfully established and operates a wood heating network and has implemented energy planning that will allow it to switch to renewable heat energy in a systematic manner. Stans has already achieved a renewable energy portion of more than 30% for heating energy, a level that is well above the Swiss average of 15%.

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St.Gallen (CH)

79'400 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2008

The eea city of St. Gallen has consistently pursued a sustainable, climate-relevant energy policy over the four certification cycles since its initial certification in 2003. The 2050 energy concept and the phasing out of nuclear energy were adopted by referendum. The action plan associated with the 2050 energy concept and adopted by the city council serves as a planning and implementation tool for consistently working towards this goal over the coming years. Annual monitoring activities ensure the ongoing effectiveness of relevant measures.

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Uster (CH)

33'500 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2011

The city of Uster implements prudent, systematic development planning that focuses on sustainability and a high quality of life. The municipal utility Energie Uster AG has significantly expanded the range of products and services it offers as an energy provider, including energy contracting and a well-resourced environmental fund as new products. The company has additionally developed and released a modern online platform for customers. The municipality additionally implements effective measures for the energy-efficient optimisation of municipal building stock and for improving public transport and non-motorised traffic.

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Vevey (CH)

19'735 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2012

In 2007, the municipality of Vevey decided to adopt a plan for its energy policy. This plan was based on four concepts of the city in the domain of energy policy: the city as planner, the city as consumer and distributor, the city as producer and the city as promoter. These concepts demonstrate the general trends of the energy policy implemented for the city’s future development up to the 2050s. The city of Vevey is trying to implement an energy policy which will reduce energy requirements to 2,000 watts/inhabitant. This ideal future is leading the city to develop well-defined tools and procedures to keep track of its area’s development. The results in 2016 are convincing. In Vevey, per capita consumption in watts has fallen from 4607 watts in 2008 to 3941 watts in 2015. The equivalent CO2 emissions in tonnes per capita have fallen from 8.16 tonnes (2008) to 5.86 tonnes in 2015.

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Wald ZH (CH)

9'421 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

The municipality of Wald, which has been eea-certified since 2009, has been demonstrating exceptional commitment to sustainable development. The municipality established energy guidelines aimed at implementing the 2000 watt society in 2012. By participating in the EnergieSchweiz municipal 2000 watt programme, Wald has demonstrated even greater dedication. The municipality sets an excellent example and continually implements concrete activities with measurable results, including wood heating networks and solar projects. The municipality’s long-term allocation of funds for achieving the goals of the 2000 watt project is also remarkable: since 2013, Wald has set aside 1% of its annual tax revenue for this purpose.

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Zuchwil (CH)

8'743 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2016

The municipality of Zuchwil has been eea-certified since 2004. It works actively towards sustainable development and has set itself the long-term goal of implementing the 2000 watt society. As part of the EnergieSchweiz municipal 2000 watt programme, Zuchwil has developed a concept with practical measures addressing all six areas defined in the eea Assessment Tool. For a suburban municipality with plenty of industry and no municipal utilities, this goal can only be achieved through outstanding commitment.

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Zürich (CH)

384'786 inhabitants - eea Gold since 2004

The eea city of Zurich has played a leading role in Swiss energy policy for many years and has as such also shaped the development of Swiss national energy policy. Zurich has additionally gained an excellent international reputation, for example by systematically and comprehensively implementing the 2000 watt society concept and developing the 2000 watt label for districts. Developing comprehensive yet clearly structured monitoring processes for the energy consumption of municipal buildings has been the city’s major challenge.

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