Background and Motivation
Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of EU CO2 emissions, whilst the transportation sector is responsible for about 30% of the EU CO2 emissions. Achieving energy performance of neighbourhoods, including buildings, transportation systems and other supporting systems, is key to achieving the EU Climate & Energy objectives, namely a reduction of 20% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels by 2020 and a 20% energy savings in primary energy use by 2020. These challenging environmental targets can be met only by a mix of energy-saving and energy-efficiency measures, together with other relevant actions achieved through research and innovation. Improving the energy consumption and holistic performance of buildings and neighbourhood systems is a cost-effective way of fighting against climate change and improving energy security, while also creating new markets and new job opportunities, particularly in the building sector.
Goals of COOPERaTE
COOPERaTE will develop an open, scalable neighbourhood service and management platform that integrates local monitoring and control functions with a cloud based service platform for the delivery of innovative energy management, security and other services in order to progress towards energy positive neighbourhoods and achieving 2020 targets. COOPERaTE will carry out a substantial validation of the concepts in two validation sites, the Bouygues Challenger campus and the CIT Bishopstown campus.