Torri 2020 is a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) for Torri di Quartesolo, a municipality of 12.000 inhabitants located in the Province of Vicenza (Italy). It provides the opportunity of an innovative new way of zoning, integrating energy planning in the overall land use and involving citizens. Through the introduction of “Homogeneous Energy Zone” it made be possible to entirely optimize the development of renewable sources and achieve an overall COemission reduction target of 26%. In every single building, the potential production for each type of renewable resource (geothermal, solar, wind, biomass) is analyzed while maximizing the priorities for encouraging saving thermal and electrical household. In this way, the SEAP becomes an effective tool for raising awareness, entering into people's homes by providing an analysis that allows to direct them towards choices and investments aware in key energy. With this approach, it has been possible to carry out an analysis of the economic and employment potential that “Torri 2020” can generate itself.

Objectives and beneficiaries

Cities and Municipalities.

Strong points of the solution

It could fit any kind of municipality. It aims to develop a new concept of green growth consisting in a decrease in consumption of fossil fuels and natural resources. On the contrary it aims to stimulate energy efficiency and RES use.

Expected results and benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Being a Sustainable Energy ActionPlan (SEAP) it aims to achieve the same results set by the European Commission in defining the SEAPs. The EU committed itself to reducing its overall emissions to at least 20 % below 1990 levels by 2020. Local authorities play a key role in the achievement of the EU’s energy and climate objectives. The Covenant of Mayors is a European initiative by which towns, cities and regions voluntarily commit to reducing their CO2 emissions beyond this 20 % target. This formal commitment is to be achieved through the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). The purpose of the present guidebook is to help the Covenant of Mayors signatories to reach the commitments they have taken by signing the Covenant, and in particular to prepare within the year following their official adhesion:

• a Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI);

• a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP).

BEI is a prerequisite to SEAP elaboration, as it will provide knowledge of the nature of the entities emitting CO2 on the municipality’s territory, and will thus help select the appropriate actions. Inventories conducted in later years will allow determining if the actions provide sufficient CO2 reductions and if further actions are necessary.

Scalability potential of the solution