REMOURBAN Site Valladolid

Country & City

  • Spain
  • Valladolid

Project

Contact Information

Valladolid is the capital of the autonomous region of Castile and Leon in the north-west part of Spain, and with a population of 307 052 people it is the biggest city in the region. The demonstration site of the REMOURBAN project in Valladolid covers the FASA district, which has a surface of 3.5 km2 and is part of the Delicias neighbourhood, located in the south-east of Valladolid. The district was designed and built at the beginning of the 1960s for workers of the FASA company. It consists of 19 blocks, a tower, a building for the central boilers, a park, some sports facilities and two car parks. With a total number of 398 dwellings, the FASA district has around 1180 inhabitants. The buildings in the area are of medium-poor constructive quality and progressively ageing. Its location at the traditional south entrance to the city makes the district part of a strategic area of the city regarding mobility.

With the aim to achieve 50 % energy savings, 80 % CO2 reduction and to directly involve 5700 citizens, a number of actions are underway in Valladolid in the fields of low-energy districts, sustainable mobility, integrated infrastructure and society.

An intensive building envelope retrofitting plan is to be deployed in all the buildings of the district, taking advantage of the homogeneity of the existing construction and aesthetic solutions. The second set of priority actions, planned to achieve a ‘low energy district’, is related to the district heating and domestic hot water systems, through the improvement of the existing thermal district heating (changing the energy source from gas to renewable energy and improving the system efficiency) and the integration of the current individual domestic hot water systems into this thermal network. With respect to mobility and transport, the actions foreseen for reducing the mobility impact, by means of reducing the energy consumption and CO2 emissions, include the implementation and promotion of using clean powered (both public and private) vehicles, while improving the clean transport infrastructure.

All these measures are complemented by ICT technologies and strategies like the development of smart phone apps as an aid to mobility (AtM) and a ticketing system, or the implementation of unique contactless radio frequency infrared device (RFID) cards to enhance the intermodality among buses, rented bicycles and car sharing. Moreover, the success of the actions is ensured through social and non-technical measures such as a citizen engagement strategy, a social media strategy, a strategy for development of an integrated urban plan, an innovative strategy for building retrofitting in multi-owner property buildings, and common sustainable and smartness evaluation procedures.

* Detailed information regarding the technical and financial performance will be available at a later stage.

The overall gross floor area of 24 700 m² is to be refurbished in the Valladolid demo site. With respect to the energy and mobility measures , the expected annual final energy saving is 2222 MWh; the total CO2 emission savings amount to 1147 tons per year.

Regulatory & Administrative

Regulatory & Administrative
Country
Encountered barriers
Solution
Spain

There were legislative changes during the implementation phase of the project, which did not allow the project the use of cascade grants on the promotion of electric vehicles.

It was necessary to make more effort to deal with this challenging change, but the final result was that Valladolid has an innovative public procedure of how to promote the purchase of e-vehicles through services data provider contracts with final ‘companies’ (taxis, last-mile companies and other companies with an EV fleet).

Financial & Economic, Regulations & standards, Regulatory & administrative, Risks & uncertainties, Mobility & Transport

Spain

Administrative procedures in public administration are complex, which becomes even more noticeable when dealing with innovation activities carried out by different departments.

An important role in overcoming these administrative burdens was played by the Innovation Agency of the City Council of Valladolid. The agency has a transversal approach and is a key factor in the success of the project.

Administrative capacity & burden, Administrative capacity & burdens, Regulatory & administrative, Regulatory & Administrative, Energy, Mobility & Transport

Spain

The deployment of the charging infrastructure in Valladolid encountered delays due to the traditional tender procedure by contract.

In order to overcome this administrative barrier, the team managed to change the traditional procedure and work towards a public-private partnership.

Regulatory & administrative, Public procurement, Mobility & Transport

Social

Social
Country
Encountered barriers
Solution
Spain

There was an initial rejection by the tenants to the energy efficiency activities in the FASA district.

A detailed action plan was designed and launched to raise awareness and bring them on board.

Acceptance & uptake, Social, Energy

Best Practices

Best Practices
Country

Description

Links to lessons learned
Spain

The project In Valladolid has crafted a stakeholder engagement that maps the different stakeholders and plans the communication and dissemination activities tailored to each group during the different phases of the project.

The engagement activities include the distribution of a special informational leaflet among the tenants to raise the awareness of the financial and environmental benefits of the project, launch of a local website with a frequently asked questions section, and direct email and phone communication line with the project partners.

Challenges

Challenges
Country

Description

Links to lessons learned
Spain

The municipality of Valladolid provides local grants to more than 400 owners for the active and passive interventions; however this operation has become especially complicated. Supplementing EU funding with municipal subsidies means a complex administrative management, where the council must verify the legal and fiscal requirements of all the owners to grant the aid.

Spain

The main financial risk was the uncertainty surrounding the district owners signing the contracts with the companies awarded the project work.

Energy: 

* Detailed information regarding the technical and financial performance will be available at a later stage.

The actions and measures being implemented in Valladolid within the REMOURBAN project are:

Energy efficiency in buildings

  • Retrofitting the building envelope
    • Retrofitting 24 700 m2 area with 398 dwellings and 1181 residents
    • Cost-effective retrofitting strategies related to the walls and roofs  
  • Building integrated renewable energy sources
    • Building integrated photovoltaics

Energy systems integration

  • District heating and cooling
    • Biomass district heating
  • Biomass boilers
  • Photovoltaics
    • Photovoltaic panels on façade (27,4 kWp)
Mobility & transport: 
  • Clean fuels and fuelling infrastructure
    • Charging infrastructure: 4 charging points for electric taxis, 1 fast charging point for taxis, and last mille fleets, 2 e-buses pantographs upgrade of 13 electric vehicle charging points, 20 charging points in parking areas and 20 new public charging points in private businesses
  • Electric, hybrid and clean vehicles
    • Full and hybrid electric vehicles: 40 full electric vehicle taxis, last mile, private businesses, 2 electric buses, 2 electric cars for the municipality car sharing fleet
    • Incentives: free parking for electric vehicles, tax reductions for electric vehicles, special lanes for electric vehicles
  • Intermodality
    • Door-to-door multimodality transport: ticketing system based on RFID cards, shared among users from buses, bicycles and the car-sharing fleet
ICT: 
  • Building energy management system
    • ICT platform for energy performance monitoring
  • Neighbourhood energy management system
    • Advanced building energy management systems for monitoring district heating and building comfort controllers
  • Urban data platform
    • The city information platform will collect and store the data from the district with regards to energy performance, comfort data, mobility aspects, etc. It will play a key role in the management of the improved infrastructures of energy and transport, being also part of the citizens’ awareness strategy and enabling the evaluation the implemented measures results.
  • Mobile applications for citizens
    • Intelligent transport systems: smart phone app as an aid to mobility
  • Smart district heating and cooling grids: demand