Municipal energy plans

Municipal energy planning is used to actualise sustainable energy supply objectives, and to identify a town’s existing potential for action.

A town can use energy planning to analyse its energy supply, while also identifying its room for manoeuvre in terms of decision-making, together with the potential action areas that are readily available and that will help it achieve its energy and climate policy objectives:

  • the most rational possible form of energy utilisation
  • increased utilisation of residual heat and renewable energy sources
  • reduction in CO2 emissions

The work conducted, aimed at tackling the energy issue at the municipal level, will make it possible to identify the areas with the greatest potential for energy savings and for the utilisation of renewable energy sources, focussing specifically on territorial development.
Municipal energy planning implementation is therefore appropriate if:

  • there are waste incineration power plants, water purification plants or high energy-consumption industries in the municipal territory
  • the town possesses significant sources of environmental heat in situ (for example: exploitable groundwater layers or vast areas of forest that demonstrate great potential for wood to be used as an energy source)
  • some areas of the town are connected or can be connected to heat distribution networks and/or energy supply networks (teleheating, natural gas)