April 30, 2018

The municipality of Catania is the owner of a public swimming pool with high level of energy consumption. The objective of the project is to reduce the energy consumption through the installation of a cogeneration plant. This good practice is one of the measures carried out by the Municipality of Catania for SEAP (Sustainable Energy Action Plan) implementation. The project is driven by the ambitious purpose: “reduce the energy consumption of a local public structure (swimming pool) through the use of an already existing an unused cogeneration plant”. The realization of  this project was obtained through the cooperation of different stakeholders: Energy Agency, Local private companies and citizens led by the Municipality of Catania. The project is considered a good practice because of the following benefits: expected savings, active participation of different stakeholders (Municipality, Energy Agency, Local private companies and citizens); possible creation of new jobs. Better information exchange at local levels (local authorities), dissemination of the good practice among citizens, more attention of  decision-makers on energy efficiency topics and high exportability of this practice in others municipalities in Sicilia territory and in others regions of Italy.

Paolo Morgante (ENEA), Direction of Catania Municipality, e-mail: paolo.morgante@enea.it
Lessons learnt
TRANSFERABILITY: YES, at the local level.
• there aren't any policy which encourage the due taking into account at local and regional levels of the potential of using efficient heating and cooling systems, in particular those using high-efficiency cogeneration (Art. 4)