Aiding Green City Development through Big Data

Published on Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Measure and Share Data with Utilities for the Covenant of Mayors (Meshartility) agreement is a union between energy suppliers and the public administrations of 12 EU Member States that brings them together in the spirit of sharing, energy efficiency and Big Data.

Financed by the European Commission's Intelligent Energy Europe programme, the project aims to develop solutions and tools that help the exchange of energy data between energy suppliers and local authorities that have joined the European Covenant of Mayors as part of the development of their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP).

Meshartility involves a range of public and private stakeholders from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Spain. The project, which was launched in April 2012 and will run for 36 months, aims to:

  • Explore ways to improve cooperation between municipalities, their support networks (e.g. Covenant Coordinators and Supporters) and utilities for more effective energy planning;
  • Create and implement a systematic cooperation scheme between local governments and utilities;
  • Develop, implement and monitor SEAPs based on reliable data in 72 selected municipalities across 12 countries.

Enel Distribuzione takes part in Meshartility due to its position as a European best practice in energy data sharing, and it has also created the new data sharing mechanism for Italian municipalities that was implemented in November 2014.

The Covenant of Mayors is the key European initiative for the local and regional authorities that are committed to increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in their areas, while the SEAP are the tool that local authorities are using in order to achieve the minimum CO2 emissions reduction target set for 2020.