Barcelona City Council is playing an active part in Energy Week, which is held in June every year to coincide with European Sustainable Energy Week, a public awareness initiative relating to energy savings, efficiency and generation.
Various organisations and facilities in Barcelona are offering visits and activities to promote the energy transition and place the emphasis on people becoming actively involved.
Barcelona is taking part in global strategies and joining forces to become more resilient and self-sufficient on a local scale, with the aim of minimising its global impact in order to tackle climate change. The city’s energy transition is based on the following two principles:
- The general public must become a key player in increasing the generation of local, renewable energy and in promoting self-consumption facilities.
- Energy democracy The general public must participate in the area’s energy policies and play an active, responsible role in their own energy consumption. This involves changing their habits and making a rational use of energy, optimising demand and covering that demand with more efficient devices. The public must be provided with the tools they need to make this change real and possible.
In Catalonia, Energy Week is organised by the Catalan Institute of Energy (ICAEN), Barcelona Provincial Council, the Towns and Cities Network for Sustainability, Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Girona Provincial Council, the Centre for Local Environmental Initiatives (CILMA) for the counties of Girona, Tarragona Provincial Council and Lleida Provincial Council, as well as Barcelona City Council itself.