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The EU Heads of State and Government set a series of demanding climate and energy targets to be met by 2020, known as the „20-20-20“ targets. These are a reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions of at least 20% below 1990 levels, 20% of EU energy consumption to come from renewable resources and a 20% reduction in primary energy use compared with projected levels, to be achieved by improving energy efficiency. In January 2008 the European Commission proposed binding legislation to implement the 20-20-20 targets. This ‘climate and energy package’ was agreed by the European Parliament and Council in December 2008 and became law in June 2009.


The public buildings sector represents a huge, largely untapped potential for energy savings in the coming years. Due to the low renovation rate of buildings as well as the fact that the buildings sector is slow to adopt new technology – a 20-25-year cycle is typical - swift action is required. Buildings owned and/or managed by the public sector make up more than 10% of the overall EU building stock and around 40% of the construction turnover is public.

The SMARTSPACES service will enable public authorities in Europe significantly to improve their management of energy in the buildings they occupy. The implementation of operational services includes 11 pilot sites with more than 550 buildings in 8 countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Serbia) with almost 20,000 professionals and staff users and reaching more than 6,000,000 visitors annually. 


The SMARTSPACES energy optimisation service is a comprehensive approach to exploiting the potential of ICT including smart metering for significant energy saving in public buildings. With its aim to reduce energy consumption of the public sector by a very significant amount to meet overall emission reduction targets, the project will build on existing services to develop a comprehensive SMARTSPACES service providing feedback on energy consumption.

The range of public building where the SMARTSPACES service will be implemented and operated is wide and includes city administration buildings, office buildings, museums, university buildings but also schools, nurseries and sports and event centres.

Pilot sites

The SMARTSPACES pilot sites where the energy saving services will be implemented and operated are located in large European cities like Milan, Birmingham, Bristol, Istanbul, Belgrade but also mid-size cities like Leicester, Hagen, Lleida, Murcia, Venlo and Moulins.