The STEP UP partner city of Riga in close cooperation with an enlarged circle of stakeholders has produced the policy document - “Riga Smart City - Sustainable Energy Action Plan for 2014 – 2020” which has been approved and published by Riga City Council. This has been drafted as a follow-up to the first “Riga City - Sustainable Energy Action Plan for 2010-2020” approved by Riga City Council in 2010 in view of its commitments arising from signing the Covenant of Mayors.
Initially, the objective of the first 2010-2020 Action Plan was to exceed the goals of:
20-20-20 by 2020, whereby the city, in line with European Commission targets, committed to reducing CO2 emissions by at least 20% from 1990 levels, increasing energy efficiency by 20% and raising the share of energy consumption produced from renewable resources to 20%.
Riga’s new ‘Riga Smart City Sustainable Energy Action Plan for 2014 – 2020’ surpasses the previous targets by aiming for a reduction in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels of:
• 55-60% by 2020;
• 70% by 2030; and
• 85-90% by 2050.
Furthermore, Riga has embraced the European Commission’s initiative - European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities which aims to bring the city closer to achieving the status of a smart city through integration of innovative information and communication technologies (ICT) with energy and transportation. The Riga smart city SEAP includes a review of CO2 emissions for 1990 – 2012 and projections for 2020, measures for reducing energy consumption and capturing renewable energy sources in the administrative territory of the Riga city, as well as criteria for assessing progress towards becoming a smart city.
The smart city SEAP outlines the main development areas towards reaching sustainability of energy supplies and an emission free transportation system, along with providing smart ICT for planning and implementing measures with the aim of improving energy supply and security and also upgrading energy supply systems.
To download the full version of ‘Riga Smart City Sustainable Energy Action Plan for 2014 – 2020’ in English – click here.
To download the full version of ‘Riga Smart City Sustainable Energy Action Plan for 2014 – 2020’ in Latvian – click here.