Consumption in municipal buildings and facilities represents around 50 % of the total municipal energy expenditure. So it is extremely important, then, to take action on these facilities and save energy and emissions. At the same time, initiatives in municipal buildings are a key tool for promoting energy-transition measures and the local generation of clean energies, given the exemplary role they play before the public.

Photovoltaic energy-generation systems have currently been installed in numerous municipal buildings, including nursery schools, primary and secondary schools and institutes, civic centres, district headquarters, public libraries and park and city pergolas. Solar thermal energy systems have also been installed to provide several sports facilities with sanitary hot water, such as the Les Picornell swimming pools and the Joan Serrahima stadium.

Action measures are coordinated under the Energy Improvement Plan for Municipal Buildings (PEMEEM), which are aimed at saving energy and incorporating renewable energies in municipal buildings and facilities, positioning Barcelona City Council as a highly sustainable authority in managing its own facilities.

The renewable energies PEMEEM is considering for municipal buildings are:

  • Photovoltaic solar energy
  • Thermal solar energy
  • Small-scale wind power
  • Geothermal power
  • Biomass