The Portuguese city of Almada (175,000 inhabitants) has a long history of working on energy and climate policies which date back to the late 1990’s.
“The first achievements were the early set-up of the Local Energy Management Agency of Almada, AGENEAL, which enabled the development of the first Local Strategy for Climate Change in Portugal and, most recently, the commitment to the Covenant of Mayors. Under this framework, Almada has committed to a reduction of 22% of its energy-related CO2 emissions by 2020”, explains Mayor Joaquim Judas.
Almada has committed to a reduction of 22% of its energy-related CO2 emissions by 2020″ – Mayor Joaquim Judas.
In the framework of the Local Climate Change Strategy, Almada is promoting several measures such as the implementation of the light rail system, the development of renewable energies and the refurbishment of its buildings. It has also been a pioneer in creating a local fund to finance energy efficiency investments in municipal buildings and equipment named “Almada Less Carbon Fund”.
The EcoEnLight project was implemented by the municipality of Almada between 2011 and 2013. This project focused on improving the energy efficiency of Almada’s public lighting system, which accounts for more than 60% of the municipality’s energy consumption. During the EcoEnLight project, a smart tele-management system for Almada’s public lighting system was developed. This tele-management system allows to remotely manage public lighting intensity in Almada by adjusting the luminous flux of all the lights throughout the day. This way, the energy use of the public lighting system is more efficient and tailored, fully taking into account the needs of the citizens who use Almada’s roads during day and night.
Thanks to the EcoEnLight project, the city has been able to reduce the energy needs for public lighting by roughly 40%. This represents a reduction of nearly 0.6 GWh and 300 tons of CO2eq. The savings estimations, which include maintenance and electricity cost savings, pointed to an average of €80,000/year. More than €464,000 were invested in the EcoEnLight project in total, with roughly €188,000 coming from the local authority itself. The project also included the conversion of all traffic lights to LED technology, which resulted in a reduction of energy requirements by 80% (a reduction of almost €70,000/year and 96 tons of CO2 eq).
Thanks to the EcoEnLight project the city of Almada has been able to reduce the energy needs for public lighting by roughly 40%.
Discover the city’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan on the Covenant of Mayors website.
Writer: Floriane Cappelletti, Communication Manager at the Covenant of Mayors Office.