• Country: Portugal
  • Population: 564,657
  • Member of Covenant of Mayors?: Yes
  • Politician Who Signed: António Costa, Mayor
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City Introduction

Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. Evolving over 84.7km2, its municipality, which matches the city proper excluding the larger continuous conurbation, has a population of 564.657 (2011), while the Lisbon Metropolitan Area in total has around 2.8 million inhabitants, and 3.34 million people live in the broader agglomeration of Lisbon Metropolitan. Its economic output, standard of living, and market size, allow the Lisbon region to be considered the second most important financial and economic centre in the Iberian Peninsula. The Lisbon region is the wealthiest region in Portugal. It produces 36,6% of the Portuguese GDP (2007). It is also the political centre of the country, as seat of government and residence of the Head of State.

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Monitoring the electricity consumption in service buildings

Focusing on buildings energy management, Lisboa E-Nova (Lisbon’s Municipal Energy-Environment Agency) promotes the Remote Manager project, oriented towards buildings electrically supplied in medium voltage. EDP’s (Portuguese Utility for Electricity) makes it available, for medium voltage supplies, real electricity consumptions through telemetry readings in the consumption point. This data, reported every fifteen minutes, is available to the owner of the medium voltage supply contract and can be critically analysed through the Remote Manager tool. This tool defines the consumption profile of the building and associates it with the different pricing periods, allowing the building manager to have a clearer view of the building’s electrical consumption. This is essential to assure the least costly interaction with the tariff in place for each hour and to transfer power charges according to this strategy, smoothing the building’s consumption peaks.

The building’s management directly links to how the building is used. Engaging the building users in the adoption of more energy efficient actions can represent energy savings from 5% to 15%. The use of active monitoring systems with real time data presentation is one of the measures to engage users in behaviour change. Within this context, the SAVE ENERGY project (7FP, CIP) brought to Lisbon a pilot experience running in the Lisbon’s Municipality most important services’ building, Campo Grande 25. In one of the building’s blocks several smart meters were installed, allowing users to know in real time the electricity consumptions registered in the several consumption circuits: lights, ventilation and plugs. Additionally to the availability of real time consumptions, other awareness actions like energy efficiency tips applets, workshops on energy efficiency and use of smart metering appliances at home were also organized. The results indicate higher awareness on energy and energy efficiency issues, adoption of energy efficient behaviours and energy consumption reductions around 5% in plugs and lights.

The follow up of this pilot is now in course in three buildings managed by the Lisbon Municipality, the Campo Grande 25 building, the Infante Santo Offices and one primary school in Olivais.

Real time monitoring of the electricity consumption in residential buildings with users engagement strategies towards the adoption of energy efficient behaviours – Within an European project (APOLLON, 7FP, CIP), followed by a national funded one, Lisboa E-Nova promotes the installation of smart meters in several dwellings, enabling households access to their real time electrical consumption and users empowerment for an active role in energy saving. The first pilot is a residential block with 356 dwellings and 18 spaces reserved for commercial activity. The installation of smart meters and active engagement of users with information and dissemination campaigns promotes behaviour change and prompts the flourish of a new market oriented to local level SMEs interaction with households towards the goal of energy efficiency.

The pilot experience is enlarged at the city scale, with the installation of 250 smart meters in disperse households all around Lisbon. A strong communication and awareness raising programme is pursued towards dwellers motivation to improve their energy consumption behaviour.

Electric vehicles charging network

Portugal is implementing the first countrywide EV charging network, which includes more than 1300 charging points across the Country (MOBI.E project), with Lisbon having the most prominent position in it with 687 charging points. The first set of electric vehicle charging stations was inaugurated in 2010 and currently more than 500 points are operating within Lisbon, fully available to the public. Within its basics service, Lisbon and other cities charging points are interconnected within a unique platform MOBI.E with multiple interfaces (web, iphone, android), which presents the location and status of each charging point (occupation and existing pre-reservations), distances between points, translated into real time distance according to traffic and battery needs. The project’s goal is to further develop and implement innovative functionalities that mobilize the electric vehicle charging points as crucial infra structures in Lisbon’s sustainable mobility strategy.

Open data platform

Lisbon Municipality’s Open data project started in 2010 with the aim of bringing into the local realm a national project on public administration data the The project started with a close partnership with AMA – The National Agency for Public Administration, who already publishes a wide set of data regarding the city of Lisbon in the most diverse areas. The Lisbon Municipality’s idea was to make this data available in a more local focused project, combining it with data exclusively available at the local level, both collected from public and private entities. The objective is to allow the citizens to consult and construct new services and functionalities based on this data, creating projects with an added value at the local scale. The first sets of data have just been made available as the Open data Lx portal just opened to the public on the 19th of December 2011. Some of the applications already developed are the Lisbon 360º, an application available for smartphones that allows seeing, in connection to google maps, where are the nearest restaurants, pharmacies, sigh seeing spots, etc., benefiting from already available functionalities at google maps as the distance from our location and preferable routes. In connection to this application the Municipality as also made available historical information on monuments form the Municipal Archives, which can now be easily consulted with this application. Sets of data regarding energy use and renewable energy technologies are already available, namely the Baixa Pombalina solar potential assessment, the location of the electric vehicles charging points, and more are expected to be available in the upcoming months.

Improve citizens access to the public transports

Aiming at offering innovative services to its’ clients, CARRIS (public bus company) launched in 2001 a service that allow citizens to know the time for the next bus in real time, CARRIS by the minute. Every bus is equipped with a route sensor that reports to the central station informing its exact location. From here the central communicates to the bus stops the time that will take for each bus to arrive at the stop. This information is presented in a public display placed in almost every bus stop. Additionally this information is also available online and through the sms service. CARRIS strategy to reduce its passengers commuting time is complemented by the existence of internet services in some of CARRIS buses. The Net bus project was launched in September 2010 and offers passengers a free connection to internet services, allowing to access business or pleasure functionalities while enjoying their bus ride.
The use of public transports is further facilitated through the Lisboa Viva “smart card”. It comprises the use electronic cards in all public transport services which, amongst other capabilities, allow users to buy their tickets in any ATM machine.