The aim of European Sustainable Energy Week, from 19 to 25 June, is for people to discover how the city’s renewable energy facilities work and enjoy activities relating to efficiency and energy sovereignty. City entities and facilities are organising various activities to explain what is being done in the city, informing people and raising awareness on what can be done at a more domestic level.
The main theme for this year’s campaign is energy transition in Catalonia, centring on how to shift from the current unsustainable and polluting energy model of production and consumption, to a new model empowering citizens and based on renewable energy.
Activities for everyone
In conjunction with other city facilities, La Fàbrica del Sol has jointly organised visits to places which are relevant in terms of energy efficiency and self-sufficiency either because they feature solar panels or because they are buildings with good examples of insulation to ensure energy-saving and comfort.
The wide array of activities is aimed at all sectors of the public and run until 1 July. Participants can thus visit the solar panel installation at the Joan Miró library and learn about the measures to save energy in the building; discover how Cementirirs de Barcelona reuses energy generated by incinerations at the Montjuïc crematorium, or visit block of publicly-owned housing with a centralised heating and water system using the hot and cold network in the 22@ district.
There will also be various workshops on self-sufficiency and energy-saving, directed at families, such as sessions to learn how to make a travel solar panel, to make small wind turbines, use solar power to cook with etc. Anyone taking part in two activities for Energy Week, which have been running since 10 June, will also enter a draw for a basic energy audit, with recommendations on corrective and proactive measures on energy saving and energy efficiency in the home.
In Catalonia, Energy Week is organised by the Institut Català d’Energia (ICAEN), the Diputació de Barcelona, the Xarxa de Ciutats i Pobles cap a la Sostenibilitat, the Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona, the Diputació de Girona, the Centre d’Iniciatives Locals per al Medi Ambient de les comarques de Girona (CILMA), the Diputació de Tarragona and the Diputació de Lleida, as well as Barcelona City Council, which participates via La Fàbrica del Sol.