Municipality of Vitoria-Gasteiz
Spain

Population: 244634
Area of jurisdiction: 276.81 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 27.5% by 2020 (2006) 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: 2.6% by 2020 14.8% by 2020
Energy efficiency target: % by 2020 (2006) % by 2020 (2006)
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

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

Mitigation actions

Measures to reduce water consumption
The actions implemented by the Future Plan 2008-2013 were part of six action programmes, following the theoretical model of the integral plans to manage demand: local resources analysis and communication horizontal programmes, and the industrial, commercial, residential and institutional sectoral programmes. In practice, all the actions can be classified according to three lines of work: i) Technical consultancy, by means of conducting diagnoses and reviews of the facilities of the service, commercial, industrial and institutional sectors; ii) Characterisation and monitoring water consumption by sectors; iii) Grassroots communication, dissemination and awareness raising about the value of water and efficiency in service provision. The results achieved with the implementation of the Futura Plan can be seen with the cut in peak water managed, which fell from 22,023 hm3/year in 2008 to 19,748 hm3/year in 2012, along with the general allocation that fell from 260 l/inhab./day in 2008 to 222 l/inhab./day. Household consumption fell from 121 l/inhab./day in 2008 to 108 l/inhab./day in 2012. Those figures show significant energy savings in relation to the small amount of water that is annually siphoned from the reservoirs, treated in the Araka purification plant and distributed to the network. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Developing the Public Space and Mobility Plan, based on a mega-block model: cutting mobility in private cars.
The main objectives of the Mobility Plan would be to foster the use of urban public transport (restructuring and promoting the urban bus network in coordination with the tramway) and bikes (completing a safe and functional cycle lane network), to expand the pedestrian zones and releasing part of the public space used by traffic for grassroots use (mega blocks), along with the goal of reducing the use of private vehicles when travelling around the city and channelling its traffic. If all the actions implemented in all spheres are added together, the percentage relating to the journeys in private vehicles (cars and motorbikes) fell from 36.9% in 2006 to 24.0% in 2014. Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Refurbishing of housing in the Medieval Quarter and in the rest of the city.
From 2011 to the end of 2014, the City Council has awarded grants for refurbishing houses to the tune of EUR 4.6 million, which has resulted in building work worth EUR 44.5 million. A total of 10,334 renovations were carried out, 666 of which were in the Medieval Quarter (average cost of €6,350 per housing unit). The average investment was €4,164 in the rest of the city. Part of the cost was for the energy renovation of the envelope of the building (improving the insulation of facades, roofs, etc.). Start year  
Sector Residential
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Using renewable energies in the municipal buildings.
Since 2012, the thermal facilities of 7 municipal buildings (La Dehesa House, Herinke Knorr Centre, Animal Protection Centre, Ibaiondo Civic Centre, Iparralde Civic Centre, San Andrés Civic Centre and the Mendizorroza municipal swimming pools) have been changed, by replacing the C-grade diesel and natural gas boilers with biomass boilers. Installation in 2010 of a geothermal exchange system at the Ariznavarra Socio-cultural Centre for the Elderly to cover 60% of the peak load and 100% of the demand. In early 2015, the new Bus Station with a geothermal exchange system (with an estimate energy saving of 60% in climate control) was opened. Halfway through the year, the new San Martin Municipal Office building, whose energy improvements include the geothermal system, came into service. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Improving the energy efficiency of the street lighting
Replacing starter equipment and mercury vapour lamps with high-pressure sodium vapour lamps (HSVL) Replacing starter equipment and reducing the power of high-pressure sodium vapour lamps (HSVL) Fitting LEDs. Fitting antipollution reflectors in the ball lamp posts typical of Vitoria. Between 2010 and 2013, actions were implemented to improve the energy performance of the city's street lighting, by replacing start equipment, changing types of lamps and reducing their power, in a total of 4,635 light points (lamp posts), resulting in energy savings of 1,233,000 kWh/year and emission savings of 430 t CO2e/year Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Regulatory
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions

Basaldea Project
The main objective of the Basaldea project is to generate jobs and businesses in the sector of producing and distributing Álava organic farming produce in the medium term, by means of fostering farming production units run by new organic farming entrepreneurs, the setting up of a channel to distribute and market organic products by means of creating a consolidation centre for those products and generating supply and customer delivery routes and services, fostering the culture of using organic local produce (locally sourced, local product, short circuit, etc.). Start year  
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Inner Green Belt: Project for the urban renewal of Avenida Gasteiz. French frontage for the Europa Conference Centre
This refurbishment is part of the Inner Green Belt to improve the biodiversity and the urban landscape, and it is part of the urban green infrastructure system, along the corridor of the Avenida de Gasteiz. 33,000 plants of 70 different species (80% indigenous) covering a total surface area of 1,492 m2 grow on the green frontage. The aim has been to showcase and bring the three ecosystems of Álava to the city centre. Over 33,000 plants that are characteristics of the Salburua wetlands, the farming areas of Álava and the mountains of Vitoria have been planted there. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Application of sustainable management guidelines for green zones.
Application of criteria to save drinking water, foster biodiversity, energy saving, durability of the materials, etc., in the management of the city's green zones. Some courses of action in that regard are: • Setting up automatic irrigation systems in parks and gardens to replace watering by hand. • Using underground water to irrigate green zones. This system is currently already being used in several parks. When a park improvement project is executed, a study is conducted to see whether or not using the underground water is feasible. • Selecting species suitable for the climate of Vitoria-Gasteiz (native or completely acclimatized species). Lawns are being replaced by meadows or groundcover species with lower water requirements in those areas where they can be used. • Optimising the management of green zones according to their use and location. • Creating small islands of biodiversity within the city, with a strategy of protecting a soft management public area, with native species, where the aim is to try and reproduce natural habitats. Vegetation from the three strata - herbaceous, bushes and trees - are being used. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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"The Roots of Tomorrow" project
The project aims to plant 250,000 trees and bushes in the Green Belt [Anillo Verde] over three years with the support and involvement of the general public, companies and professionals, basically to improve its ecological functionality by means of planting trees, along with enabling the participation of society and of the private sector, raising awareness about the need to foster biodiversity, due to its important role in combating climate change and for the many socio-ecosystemic benefits. The project envisages interventions in a total of 51 spaces with no or hardly any tree cover. The interventions are aimed at restoring river banks, correcting erosive processes, at improving the habitat, at solving ecological connectivity problems, etc. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Green Infrastructure project in Lakuabizkarra
Green Infrastructure project in the Lakuabizkarra neighbourhood, with the goals of increasing biological diversity in the green areas, improving the spatial and ecological connectivity between them, improving the air quality, climate change adaptation, shade and climate regulation, bringing empty plots back into use, etc. The project is going to be implemented in 24 plots currently not in use and other green zones of the neighbourhood, where they are going to plant over 2,100 trees, 17,000 ornamental bushes and create over 12,7000 m2 of flower meadows, along with other actions such as planting a timber forest or constructing sustainable urban drainage elements (plant buffer strips) Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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