Our consortium

The EDI-Net consortium brings together an internationally renowned research and innovation group and comprises an expert experienced team with a track record of delivering energy savings in public buildings.

De Montfort University is a leading research-orientated University in the UK. The University has a long history of working in partnership with commercial organisations and other Universities, in the UK, Europe, Russia and Asia. The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) at DMU is a multi-disciplinary research institute with expertise in “smart cities”, as well as building physics, building energy modelling, ICT, electrical and electronic engineering, social science, energy policy and public engagement.

Climate Alliance of European Cities with over 1,700 member municipalities spread across 26 European countries is the largest European local government network dedicated to climate action and the only one to set tangible targets: each member city, town and district has committed itself to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent every 5 years. Recognising the impact our lifestyles can have on the world’s most vulnerable people and places, Climate Alliance pairs local action with global responsibility. The network fosters cooperation with indigenous people, runs awareness raising campaigns and develops tools for climate action planning. It provides wide opportunity for participation and exchange while representing member’s interests at the national, European and international levels.

The Secretary of Housing and Urban Improvement (SHiMU), of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Department of Governance, Public Administrations and Housing, formulates and implements policies in the field of building quality and housing refurbishment. Together with its public agencies, it manages over 10.000 social housings. Furthermore, SHiMU leads ECREE, the Catalan Strategy for Energy Renovation of Buildings, one of the first comprehensive regional strategies to face building energy renovation and establish a road map to accomplish to the EU Horizon 2020 objectives. The strategy is based on a 6 axis operational plan implying the whole building and energy sector in Catalonia, backed by the government’s organisations. Within the framework of EDI-Net, the Government of Catalonia (through the SHiMU) provides over 400 buildings, for which detailed energy consumption data exists. It also facilitates and positively promotes the involvement of high level politicians, public officers and technical staff directly involved in building management. Finally, SHiMU actively participates in dissemination and communication activities to promote the solutions developed in the project through its network of contracts and organisations throughout Europe.

Leicester City Council is the unitary authority of the City of Leicester, which is the tenth largest city in the UK with a population of 330,000. The Principal Urban Area (PUA) is the eleventh largest with a population of 509,000. It was Britain’s first Environment City and has been at the forefront of energy efficiency by e.g. using intelligent metering in all of the city council’s buildings, installing district heating, tackling fuel poverty,  increasing domestic, corporate and commercial energy efficiency and addressing congestion and air quality issues in the city. Within EDI-Net Leicester City Council takes care of the public authority operational work.

The City of Nuremberg is the fourteenth largest city in Germany with a population of 520,000. With its neighbour cities it forms an urban area of about 1.2 million inhabitants. The City has been successfully implementing innovative energy and climate policy for over 25 years. Besides of joining the Global Compact of the United Nations in 2003, Nuremberg initiated the project "Sustainable Nuremberg" (Nürnberg Nachhaltig), which obliges the municipality to strictly apply the principles of sustainability to its actions. In 2007 the city council enacted ambitious energy standards for all municipal buildings, existing and future. Within the EDI-Net project Nuremberg will provide expert knowledge on the field of energy management and energy data acquisition.

CIMNE (International Center for Numerical Methods in Engeneering) is an autonomous research and development center created in 1988. Its experience and reputation was gained through participation in more than 900 research and development projects. Within CIMNE the Buildings Energy and Environment (BEE) Group is an independent research group focusing on methodologies and tools for the reduction of CO2 emissions in the urban environment. The aim is to achieve the highest possible energy performance in as many buildings as possible by the application of research results in a real business oriented environment. Within EDI-Net CIMNE is responsible for adapting the existing CIMNE and DMU data structure and visualization platforms to suit the requirements of the public authorities involved.

empirica (empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH) is located in Bonn, Germany, and is a private research and consultancy institution specialized in innovation processes and European large-scale management projects for both private and public clients. For more than 25 years, empirica has been involved in leading-edge markets and policy research related to information and communication. As a vital part of its research work and as a core competence, empirica has been carrying out large scale representative surveys in the EU including general population surveys and decision maker surveys for exploring the adaption and usage of new technologies by citizens, for business purposes, education, new ways of work and for the health sector. Results have been widely published and used for monitoring and planning European and German information policies. Within EDI-Net empirica is responsible for the subject "training and support".