November 2016

EDI-Net at a glance

The EDI-Net (Energy Data Innovation Network) initiative analyses and communicates sub-hourly electricity, gas and water smart meter data to identify waste and savings opportunities, reduce consumption and save money. The initiative is aimed at public authorities’ decision makers, financial planners, energy and building managers and building users. An online forum and workshops facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices to support public authorities during the implementation of their sustainable energy and climate action plans.

Project Coordinator Professor Paul Fleming (De Montfort University, UK) about EDI-Net

"EDI-Net uses new developments in smart metering, energy visualisation techniques and big data to share knowledge and experience of best practice between different cities and regions throughout the world. The initiative also helps visualise energy savings opportunities and makes energy efficiency in public buildings even more relevant to building users, finance managers and politicians. Overall, EDI-Net provides a great opportunity to compare your building’s energy performance with similar buildings. Play your part in helping to meet local, national and international greenhouse gas emission reduction targets."

What can EDI-Net do for you?

EDI-Net will make energy consumption in your buildings more visible:

  • by using EDI-Net data analytics,
  • by benchmarking your city's or region's public buildings,
  • by communicating performance in a user friendly way,
  • by spreading knowledge, experience and best practice in the EDI-Net online forum,
  • by peer-to-peer education.

As a partner of the EDI-Net initiative, your city or region can:

  • save energy, water and money,
  • be part of EDI-Net campaigning and networking activities,
  • use information to engage with decision makers, finance managers and building users.

Interested in joining the EDI-Net initiative?
If your public authority has metered energy and water data (preferably sub-hourly) for public buildings get in touch with us!

Our pilot sites will support you - who are they?

The EDI-Net initiative has three pilot sites which are testing the system prior to role-out to additional public authorities. These pilot sites will assist additional public authorities to make best use of the service and to overcome any issues experienced. The pilot sites are the City of Leicester (UK), Generalitat de Catalunya (Spain) and the City of Nuremberg (Germany).

Leicester is the tenth largest city in the UK and, as a unitary authority, is responsible for all local government functions within its area; it is also one of the first cities outside of London to have a directly elected Mayor. Leicester has a strong history of environmental good practice, being awarded the title of Britain’s first Environment City (1992) and European Sustainable City (1996). It is a member of the Energy Cities network and until recently was a board member. The City was an early signatory to the European Covenant of Mayors and has an ambitious target of reducing 50 % of its CO2 emissions by 2025 based on 1990 levels. Leicester City Council uses smart metering in over 300 buildings, continuously monitoring energy and water usage and relaying consumption data via a flexible, low powered communication module.

Nuremberg is a leading German City in terms of sustainable development. It is a member of Climate Alliance since 1994 and has already reduced 33 % of its CO2 emission compared to 1990 levels. The city’s energy monitoring incorporates approximately 700 municipal properties, comprising 2,900 energy delivery contracts with the local utilities company. The 250 largest buildings are managed with the use of energy monitoring software and regular feedback to the building users. Twenty four buildings with 190 meters have automated energy monitoring which provide half-hourly consumption information.

Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) has over 400 buildings for which detailed energy consumption data exists, providing hourly electricity consumption data. The EDI-Net project takes advantage of this to exploit this new data resource and demonstrates how it can be capitalised to benefit the local economy and contribute to sustainable development objectives. The Catalan Strategy for Energy Renovation in Buildings (ECREE), approved 2014, embraces and reinforces the agenda set by this project.

International Events

UN Climate Change Conference (COP22)

The twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) and the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) will be held in Bab Ighli, Marrakech

07-18 November 2016, Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco

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European Utility Week (ESCO Europe)

European Utility Week is Europe’s biggest 3 day smart utility event, with the most comprehensive smart energy exhibition in Europe including 350+ exhibitors, 9.000+ attendees, 350+ utilities represented, 1.900+ conference delegates and many networking opportunities.

15-17 November 2016, Barcelona, Spain

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 695916.

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