The Climate Action Plan of Seville includes 78 actions to reduce by 53% CO2 emissions by 2020.

The Plan involves all of the areas of the City Council and its main objectives are fighting climate change and saving energy. The local government intends to give a “strong boost” to actions against climate change and it also reflects the commitments undertaken by the city, among them the Covenant of Mayors subscribed in Paris. Improving energy efficiency of municipal buildings, sustainable mobility, awareness raising and responsible consumption and promotion of renewable energies and energy saving are the major actions lines included in the document.

The city’s local government will submit tomorrow to the City Council Plenary the Sustainable Climate and Energy Action Plan of Seville (Plan de Acción por el Clima y la Energía Sostenibles de Sevilla – PACES), which includes 78 specific initiatives involving all of the areas and companies of Seville’s city council. Its aim is to give a substantial boost to actions against climate change to fulfil the mandate of the plenary and the international commitments undertaken by the city, among them the Covenant of Mayors subscribed in Paris.

The PACES expands and reinforces the tool established by Seville in 2010 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (Sustainable Energy Action Plan) and covers the 2012-2020 period. Its main objective is to reduce emissions by at least 40% as compared to the year of reference (2010) by 2020 (826,916 tons of CO2 per year). If we consider the reduction already achieved since 2010, estimated in around 636.000 tons, total reduction for the entire decade shall account for some 1.46 million tons.

The details of the PACES have been explained today by Carmen Castreño, Council Member in charge of Economy, Commerce and Institutional Relations, together with Esperanza Caro, general manager of the area, Eladio Martín, coordinator of the Local Energy Agency, and Francisco Arteaga and Felipe Castro, managing directors of the municipal public companies Tussam and Emvisesa. “Certainly, the city has made a strong progress in the fight against climate change, but we are still facing many challenges and with this new plan the government intends to give a strong boost to the strategy against climate change and therefore, in favour of sustainability and the environment” has explained Castreño. Indeed, the Paris Covenant of Mayors established a 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, whereas Seville expects to achieve the target by 2020.

The documents has already approved by a majority vote at the Board of the Local Energy Agency –where all political parties are represented- ; it involves all of the areas of Seville’s City Council, including its companies and public entities and covering municipal buildings and fleets:

The 78 initiatives included in the plan focus on four top-priority action lines:
1. Improving energy efficiency of municipal buildings.
2. Developing and sustainable mobility model.
3. Promoting renewable energies and energy saving.
4. Raising awareness on and promoting responsible consumption.

All of them have been planned for 2020, although it is intended to start implementing the main actions during this legislature, according to the council member. However, she said “it is not a fully-finished document; it is open to new ideas and to the incorporation of new initiatives”.

Castreño has recalled the international commitments assumed by the city –its mayor, Juan Espadas, signed the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, which for the first time included specific commitments by local administrations- and has mentioned that if the plenary finally approves the PACES in tomorrow’s session, its text will be submitted to the Covenant of Mayor Office of the European Union. And once it comes into effect, a new document shall be drafted, a plan to adapt to climate change.

Moreover, the council member has made emphasis on the fact that the PACES is, in addition to a contribution to the environment, a “matter of health”, because it intends to reduce the harmful particles suspended in the atmosphere and as a result, to improve air quality.

Source: City Council of Seville

Improving energy efficiency of municipal buildings

– Computer systems to allow citizens to complete administrative procedures online, preventing unnecessary journeys.

– Development of a municipal energy optimization plan.

– Completion of the energy certification of all municipal buildings.

– Connection and commissioning of the photovoltaic systems existing in 53 schools in the city.

– Installation of photovoltaic panels.

– Energy audit plan for all municipal buildings.

– Installation of thermal solar energy panels in housing projects developed by the City Council.

– Use of bioclimatic architecture techniques in housing design and construction.

– Improvement of efficiency in IMD pumping facilities.

– Installation of solar roofs in swimming pools, sports facilities and sports halls.

– Improvement of lighting efficiency in sports facilities.

– Swimming pool roofing systems with more efficient construction elements: Torreblanca and Tiro de Linea.

– Replacement of traditional lighting by LED at Lipasam’s central facility.

– Efficiency plan in Tussam’s facilities.

Developing a sustainable mobility model

– Electric vehicle charging station network.

– Incentives programme for the acquisition of efficient vehicles and replacement of old ones supported by European funds.

– Incentives for efficient commercial vehicles supported by European funds.

– Adaptation of buildings to house charging stations for electric vehicles.

– Renovation of Lipasam’s fleet with the acquisition of electric vehicles.

– Increase of number of side-loading waste collection vehicles.

– Increase of the use of biofuels to 30% in Lipasam’s fleet.

– Approval of a sustainable development plan.

– Support to the airport’s mobility plan.

– Continuity of already-existing bus lanes.

– Extension of the bus lane network to more than ten major streets.

– Tram platform until San Bernardo.

– Extension of tramline until Santa Justa.

– Bicycle network of Seville.

– Pedestrianization of strategic streets.

– Implementation of one-way streets.

– Construction of subways to improve traffic.

– Establishment of speed limits in the city’s streets. 20, 30 and 50 km/h.

– Designation of low-emission areas with traffic restrictions.

– Carsharing programme.

– Efficient driving course for taxi drivers.

– School paths in schools.

– Establishment of a natural gas-powered bus fleet.

– Acquisition of 30 additional natural gas-powered buses in Tussam.

– Advertising campaigns to promote public transport use.

– Efficient driving system in Tussam’s fleet.

– Commissioning of a new hybrid bus.

– New BRT lines in Sevilla Este and Pino Montano.

Promoting renewable energies and energy saving

– Procedure for the classification and certification of energy management and sustainability in private installations, works or activities.

– Incentives for the installation of solar panels via tax discounts.

– Educational Green Home Programme to promote sustainable home consumption and energy saving in households.

– Education and awareness raising programmes in schools and universities.

– Environmental education programmes.

– Use of more efficient and less consuming light bulbs in the gate and overall lighting of the April Fair Site.

– Production of renewable energy in the photovoltaic plants located in Parque Este and the San Diego vacuum waste collection facility.

– Recovery and use of the biogas generated in the landfill.

– Solar photovoltaic plant on the roofs of Tussam’s workshops and offices.

– Natural gas filling station in Tussam.

Urban planning model of the city

– Assessment of potential for optimization and use of natural urban runoff water.

– Replacement of streetlights with reflector by new ones with reflector and less power.

– Replacement of mercury vapour lamps by sodium vapour lamps with less power.

– Reduction of energy use through the introduction of voltage regulators at the grid heads.

– Centralization of public lighting control.

– Plantation of trees in empty tree wells across the city.

– Studies to expand the use of bitter oranges in Seville.

– Identification of space sand projects for green areas in vertical arrangement in Seville.