Municipality of Errenteria
Spain

Population: 39178
Area of jurisdiction: 32.26 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 20.16% by 2020 (2007) n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: 2.8% by 2020 n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a 44% by 2020 (2007)
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2013 ):  1,878 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

On-demand waste separate collection service in the service sector
The San Markos Supramunicipal Association currently provides door-to-door collection at schools and for the public sector in the municipality, along with collecting paper-cardboard from shops and travel agencies and, finally, glass from hotel establishments. Errenteria Local Council will revise and supplement the organisation of the current collection model for major producers (service sector), with an emphasis on encouraging separate collection, by means of customised collection arranged with those major waste generators. The establishments may sign up to the new system on a voluntary basis, and will need to store the waste generated separately in containers or bags, in an allocated protected space within their business premises. Once the recipient is full and as required by the establishment, the latter will contact the management company for its on-demand collection. The aim is thus to facilitate user-friendly separate collection for the major generators. This is expected to lead to better use of the waste generated by those stakeholders: such as the food thrown away by restaurants, hotels, bars, schools, markets, shops, public buildings, etc., along with the waste paper and cardboard, glass, light packaging and oil. As an initial step, a municipal inventory will be conducted of establishments likely to be major waste generators, they will be located and mapped. Contact will then be made with the establishments to offer them the opportunity to sign up for the new collection system. According to the separate collection results obtained with the major generators after deploying the new system, the acceptance of the measures will be assessed to consider widespread implementation of the model on a non-voluntary basis in the future, by means of a municipal ordinance. Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Looking for Funding
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Improving waste management by defining a management strategy: Fifth container.
Three quarters of the waste generated are currently mass collected in Renteria and sent to the landfill. Even though the landfill for this municipality and surrounding ones was located nearby in the past, since 2009, the waste has been transported to different landfills in Gipuzkoa: Beasain, Azpeitia and Zarautz. This reflects the problem regarding waste in the zone, which requires a change in management to bring the amount of waste generated down and increase the separate collection. Therefore, numerous municipalities have introduced different types of waste management. Special mention must be made of door-to-door and the fifth container among the waste measures being implemented in the municipalities of Gipuzkoa. In this context, Renteria wishes to build on the efforts that other municipalities are making in this regard and it will therefore study the possible introduction of the fifth container. This deployment will be carried out progressively, in tandem with awareness-raising campaigns that will be organised to cut waste generation and to encourage separate collection and recycling. This change in management is aimed at achieving at least the targets set in the Gipuzkoa Integral Waste Management Plan. Only 47% of the municipality's paper and cardboard, 82% of the glass and 33% of the plast are currently recycled. Composting barely accounts for 1%. This measure is aimed at recycling 75% of paper, 88% of glass, 90% of plastics and 30% of organic matter. Furthermore, containers for organic matter will be installed in January 2014, which will serve 5,000 of the municipality's 17,000 households. More containers will be progressively installed and the service, which will be voluntary, extended. Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Looking for Funding
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Developing the Errenteria Municipal Mobility Plan for Pedestrians and Cyclists
In Errenteria, the authorities have been working for many years on ensuring that the mobility needs of the inhabitants are covered by sustainability criteria. Studies have therefore been conducted (including the Errenteria Sustainability Survey), to study and discover the town's situation in this regard, and plans prepared (including the Supramunicipal and Local Action Plan for Sustainable Development or the Errenteria Cycling Master Plan), to implement measures and schemes that help to achieve that objective. There is also the Cycling Plan that is currently being prepared. Therefore, there is a proliferation of documents with a sole objective that means that a Mobility Plan needs to be developed that includes all the work carried out regarding sustainable mobility. This will also be a good strategy to cut GHG emissions to be designed, taking into account the contribution of the mobility sector to the overall calculation of the municipality's GHG emissions, which account for around 50% of the total emissions. Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Looking for Funding
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Refurbishing the outside cladding of the building and fitting insulation.
In residential buildings, refurbish the outside façade, replacing the current carpentry and fitting insulation. Start year  
Sector Residential
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Looking for Funding
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Replacing the single glazing windows by double glazing windows and more carpentry.
Replacing the single glazing windows and with obsolete carpentry with double glazing windows and more efficient carpentry. Start year  
Sector Residential
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Looking for Funding
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Biomass installation
In the Lekuona building, a biomass boiler will be installed for the heat input of the facilities. Currently, the building is being constructed, but it will be home to activities that are currently held in other buildings and they will be moved to the Lekuona building once it is finished. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Looking for Funding
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Street Lighting: Installing flow regulators to reduce the energy consumption of outside lighting
Replacing lamps by LED lights. The lights of the most powerful electric boards will be replaced every year. Estimate of two electric boards per year. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Looking for Funding
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Optimising the waster supply network
Pursuant to the Errenteria sustainability studies, the losses in the distribution network as the percentage of the total water demand have fallen during recent years, and dropped by around 2% between 2007 and 2011. Even though fluctuations in the losses were recorded during the period, no trend to cut them were observed. The average water demand in the peak season is 3,160,619 m3/year, while the demand in the low seasons is 2,521,061 m3/year. Therefore, with a difference between peak and low season of 639,558 m3 a year on average, the losses of the system stand at 27%. That uncontrolled consumption can be due to leaks and burst water mains in the supply network, the ageing of the system, problems of corrosion, problems with meter readings, consumer fraud, etc. Therefore, the Local Council will invest in maintaining the network, campaigns to detect leaks, inspections, controlling the impact of public works on the network or in installing meters in municipal buildings with the goal, among others, of cutting uncontrolled consumption by 30%. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Looking for Funding
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Adaptation actions

Creating an area of highly complex ecosystems and mature forests in the Añarbe reserve
The Añarbe public woodland (1,672 ha) is under pressure from different spheres and the vast majority of the forestry land-use involves quick growing conifers and deciduous exotic species. 73% of the surface area of the municipal district occupied by exotic forestry plantations is the property of Errenteria Local Council itself. However, in recent years, the local council has embarked on an intense campaign to conserve the biodiversity, recover the native species, progressively eliminate the commercial plantations, combat invasive species and undertake restoration projects. In order to improve the ecological functionality of Añarbe, the local council will review and modify the zoning of the Aiako Harria Natural Park, pursuant to the Park's PORN (Natural Resources Pan), and will create a Reserve Zone in 910 ha of woodland and restoration zones to protect the oak and beech groves. The outcome will thus be that the forested area will consist of mature and not fragmented woodland. This will improve the ecological connectivity and the conservation status of the natural habits, with the advantage of restoring the ecological functionality of the River Oiartzun. It will also work on an agreement with Donostia-San Sebastián City Council so that the active conservation zones of the Oberan-Errekabeltz forests are included in the new reserve zone created. This measure is expected to notably improve the biological values, along with the capacity to provide environmental services for those ecosystems, such as retention of soils, sediments and organic matter from the supply basin of the Añarbe reservoir and, particularly, those that imply the absorption of atmospheric CO2 and social and economic benefits. Improving the management in this area could make it easier to be include in some conservation funding system, such as payments for environmental services or mechanisms to avoid deforestation, such as the programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), and the possibility of using it on a local scale will be studied. Start year  
Sector Terrestrial ecosystems and ecological infrastructure
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Looking for Funding
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Restoring forestry plantations for protective purposes
Forestry is a very widespread activity in the Basque Country. The landscape impact is important, as generally the plantations consists of exotic species with little ecological value. The impact also includes the matarrasa or clear cuts technique, using heavy machinery both for felling and removing the timber, as the main exploitation method. Creating tracks for the machinery causes soil erosion, compacting and loss of organic matter. In Errenteria, there are tree plantations with exotic trees, such as the Monterrey pine, in public woodland. Therefore, the Local Council will embark on a Restoration Plan that enables the replacement of degraded forests and exotic species plantations, which contribute fewer ecosystemic services, by leafy native species of the Atlantic forest. This action seeks to recover the integrity of the degraded ecosystems and achieve better ecological functionality in the area where the intervention takes place. This process will help to mitigate climate change and improve the landscape around Errenteria. In order to implement this action, Errenteria Local Council will identify the restoration and conservation priorities of the plantation zones, establishing a management plan for the current plantations and preventing the extraction of timber once the forestry land-use has finished. On the other hand, a Restoration Plan will be set up which will enable the structural complexity of the Atlantic forest to be addressed. Therefore, the council will have the support of Gipuzkoa Provincial Council in the management of the restored area. The species to be used will mainly be oak and beech, along with birch, ash or hawthorn, among others, which are native to the environment. The restoration work will be mainly manual, and the trees planted in the land in a non- geometrical way. Start year  
Sector Terrestrial ecosystems and ecological infrastructure
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Looking for Funding
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