Since 2005, Bolzano (Italy, 100,000 inhabitants) has developed an ambitious investment plan for large scale urban refurbishment in collaboration with both public and private stakeholders. The work undertaken in SINFONIA is part of this plan, and aims to achieve 40% to 50% primary energy savings in the demo sites and to increase the share of renewables in the district of Bolzano SW (South West) by 20%
37,000m² of social housing from the 50s-70s will be retrofitted to achieve high energy performance and improve interior comfort while ensuring cost effectiveness and minimal impact on tenants. Measures include:
DISTRICT HEATING & COOLING
The district heating & cooling network will be extended and optimised to reduce both the CO2 and the nitrogen equivalent emissions. Measures include:
Bolzano will implement an Urban Service-Oriented Sensible Grid (USOS-grid) system in the South West district for improved energy distribution control. Measures include:
European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC)
As cities have become key actors of the energy transition, assessing the benefits of Smart City projects only in terms of energy savings appears to be limited to encompass the real effectiveness of these investments.
Partners from Bolzano/Bozen have released their SINFONIA promotional video. Have a look!