City of Barcelona
Spain

Population: 1611822
Area of jurisdiction: 102.16 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: 40% by 2030 (2005) 40% by 2030 (2005)
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: 10% by 2024 n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2012 ):  0 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

Supplying electricity guaranteed to come from renewable energy sources and from high-efficiency cogeneration
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Compromís de Barcelona pel Clima - Barcelona Commitment for the Climate
Compromís de Barcelona pel Clima - Barcelona Commitment for the Climate (see document) Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Barcelona, a city committed to combating climate change - Desrcription of Barcelona's work on climate change mitigation and adaptation
This document covers the state of the environment in Barcelona, focusing on different aspects related to: 1) Energy and climate change mitigation. 2) Resilience and climate change adaptation Start year 2013
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Using solar energy - supporting community energy self sufficiency
In 2000, Barcelona was the first European city to develop and implement a Solar Thermal Ordinance (STO), making it compulsory to use solar energy to supply 60 percent of running hot water in all new buildings, renovated buildings, or buildings changing their use. The STO has been integrated into the overarching political and planning framework for climate change mitigation. Within this framework, Barcelona aims to achieve energy self-sufficiency in the long term through the promotion of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy resources. As a result of the STO, the surface area of installed solar panels in Barcelona increased from 1,650 square meters (m2) in 2000 to 87,600 m2 in 2010. At the time of installation, this carried a projected energy savings potential of over 70,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per year, and a projected avoided emission potential of 4,300 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.1 However, the acceptance of solar thermal technology by stakeholders has not developed as expected, and in 2011 this led Barcelona to revise the projected achievements to 11,222 MWh and 1973 tons of CO2 per year.2 To consolidate acceptance of the Ordinance, and as part of its integrated approach towards energy self sufficiency, the City Council has strengthened its governance framework and stakeholder engagement efforts. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Renewable Energy Drive: Solar Energy Exploitation Production Facility Construction
A pilot construction project for solar photovoltaic installations on shared walls that is timed to coincide with common wall auto-consumption mode rehabilitation and retrofits. The idea is that part of the electrical energy the plates produce is consumed by the building itself to help reduce neighbors’ dependence on outside energy sources. The energy the building does not absorb is redirected to cover future public energy consumption. Start year 2011
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Local Government Building Savings and Efficiency Plans: Electricity and Natural Gas Energy Monitoring Plan
Energy consumption at 23 building housing 28 municipal services was monitored and monitoring for 31 buildings housing more than 43 municipal services is projected. Additionally, readings are being made at temperature and humidity probes at a number of agency offices in order to detect operative dysfunctions in buildings that have since been corrected; consumption-impact visualizations have led to several upgrade investments. This measure also makes it possible to visualize the consumption curve as well as project photovoltaic plate production in order to evaluate a building’s self-sufficiency levels. Start year 2011
Sector Buildings
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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Thermal-Powered Cooling Installed at Barcelona’s Polideportivo de Can Caralleu
The project consists of installing solar-thermal sanitary cold and hot water production systems. Solar energy can power thermal absorption coolers that produce cold based on a heat source: a 90 m2 solar thermal catchment system that feeds a solar cooling system with 17 kW residual heat recuperation to support a dehumidifying system in the existing pool. The residual heat will also cover 60% of the necessary energy to heat the pool and other sanitary water installations. In total an annual energy savings of 150,000 kWh is expected and will avoid emitting 30 metric tons of carbon equivalent yearly. Start year 2011
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Adaptation actions

Barcelona, a city committed to combating climate change - Desrcription of Barcelona's work on climate change mitigation and adaptation
Barcelona, a city committed to combating climate change. This document covers the state of the environment in Barcelona, focusing on different aspects related to: 1) Energy and climate change mitigation. 2) Resilience and climate change adaptation Start year 2013
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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