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How to Prioritize Energy Efficiency Intervention in Municipal Public Buildings to Decrease CO2 Emissions? A Case Study from Italy

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Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis-National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IMAA) C.da S. Loja, 85050 Tito Scalo (PZ), Italy
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Lucanian Energy Company-SEL. Corso Umberto I, 28, 85100 Potenza PZ, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(12), 4434; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17124434
Received: 30 April 2020 / Revised: 15 June 2020 / Accepted: 16 June 2020 / Published: 20 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change Mitigation Strategies)
The European Union 2050 climate neutrality goal and the climate crisis require coordinated efforts to reduce energy consumption in all sectors, and mainly in buildings greatly affected by the increasing temperature, with relevant CO2 emissions due to inefficient end-use technologies. Moreover, the old building stock of most countries requires suited policies to support renovation programs aimed at improving energy performances and optimize energy uses. A toolbox was developed in the framework of the PrioritEE project to provide policy makers and technicians with a wide set of tools to support energy efficiency in Municipal Public Buildings. The toolbox, available for free, was tested in the partners’ communities, proving its effectiveness. The paper illustrates its application to the Potenza Municipality case study in which the online calculator DSTool (the core instrument of the toolbox) was utilized to select and prioritize the energy efficiency interventions in public buildings implementable in a three-year action plan in terms of costs, energy savings, CO2 emissions’ reduction and return on investments. The results highlight that improvements in the building envelopes (walls and roofs), heating and lighting and photovoltaic systems allow reducing CO2 emission approximately 644 t/year and saving about 2050 MWh/year with a total three-year investment of 1,728,823 EUR. View Full-Text
Keywords: public buildings renovation; public buildings energy optimization; energy efficiency; decision-making support tool; Mediterranean (MED) regions public buildings renovation; public buildings energy optimization; energy efficiency; decision-making support tool; Mediterranean (MED) regions
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Pietrapertosa, F.; Tancredi, M.; Giordano, M.; Cosmi, C.; Salvia, M. How to Prioritize Energy Efficiency Intervention in Municipal Public Buildings to Decrease CO2 Emissions? A Case Study from Italy. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4434. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17124434

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Pietrapertosa F, Tancredi M, Giordano M, Cosmi C, Salvia M. How to Prioritize Energy Efficiency Intervention in Municipal Public Buildings to Decrease CO2 Emissions? A Case Study from Italy. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(12):4434. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17124434

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Pietrapertosa, Filomena, Marco Tancredi, Michele Giordano, Carmelina Cosmi, and Monica Salvia. 2020. "How to Prioritize Energy Efficiency Intervention in Municipal Public Buildings to Decrease CO2 Emissions? A Case Study from Italy" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 12: 4434. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17124434

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