COLUZe is a project under the CO10 Global Plan frame that seeks to improve the livability and efficiency of Cordoba resources, in addition to protecting the environment through new technologies, respecting the aesthetics of the city and with citizen participation. The Andalusian city aims to become a “Smart City” and is getting support from the European Investment Fund.
This initiative, COLUZe , with which the Andalusian city takes its first big step towards becoming a ‘smart city ‘, aims to improve the livability in an efficient way. The project has three objectives: reduce energy consumption, cut CO2 emissions and invest in renewable energy, through its street lighting, municipal buildings and facilities and improvements or implementation of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies).
The CO10 Plan and the efficiency
The COLUZe project is part of the initiative of the City named ‘Cordoba 10. Efficient and Livable Córdoba ‘.
This Plan has the support of the European Energy Efficiency Fund EEEF (comprised of the EIB, European Commission, Deustche Bank and the Italian Postal Bank), who have shown their trust in the project subsidizing it with 754,240 euro. This amount will be earmarked towards the so called “Master Plan for Energy Efficiency”, for energy audits, technology and consulting, among other actions that have just started after finalization of the contract award last December.
This Master Plan needs to report results before the second big step can be launched: hiring Energy Services Company/ies (ESCOs) to implement a large package of measures and proposals diagnosed by the consulting firms, which help to consolidate the city brand ” Cordoba 10 ” .
In the coming six months, COLUZe will undertake energy audits to define the starting point and propose energy efficiency measures and solutions that allow not only to save on energy and CO2 emissions, but to perform actions that will result in improving the city’s livability .
The project addresses four major areas, smart lighting that will include the 50,000 light spots and 730 electrical control panels in the city, seeking to reduce consumption and improve functionality, guarding the monumental and urban wealth of this World Heritage, smart services with the development of communication networks and next generation services (electricity, heating, communications , sanitation , etc.), intelligent government through citizen participation in city government, services and efficiency in the use of resources, planning and intelligent buildings, investing in municipal public buildings to make them healthy, efficient and sustainable.
Investments in the second phase
The investments planned after the completion of the audits, along the plan’s second phase, are estimated at between 18 and 20 million euro. The final investment will depend on the savings capacity diagnosed by audits.
To achieve this, several qualified technical teams will work on street lighting, testing, measuring and collecting huge amounts of information.
Once the Master Plan for Energy Efficiency is finalized, the City will seek the best way to put it into practice. Participation of citizen groups and individuals directly impacted will also be sought particularly the cultural heritage’s owners and the University will be asked for participation. Finally the project will be presented to the other municipal groups as an example of city lighting project.