The purpose of the Barcelona Local Energy Agency is to promote Barcelona
as an exemplary city in the handling of energy matters and their
repercussion on the environment.
Accordingly, the Agency works to
endow the city with optimum standards of use and management of local
energy resources through consensus
and participation, and to promote a rational sustainable energy
demand that is marked by its quality.
All this should enable Barcelona
to comply with the environmental and energy commitments undertaken
in the local sphere (as established
in the Energy Plan and the Agenda 21) as well as in the international
area (derived from the Johannesburg, Kyoto, Aalborg and Rio de
In addition to this, the Agency forms a reference
in energy matters for the institutions that make up the Consortium
and it co-participates
in its own right (or as a representative, in the case of the Barcelona
City Council) in both European and domestic projects.
The Agency’s origin lies in the European Union energy policies
as established in the Green Paper and the White
Paper on Energy,
which recognise the value of energy efficiency and of renewable
energies in the achievement of the objectives of sustainable
Specifically, the White Paper stresses the role of
local authorities in energy matters, and the positive value of
in this field among the various cities.
The Barcelona Local Energy Agency Consortium was organised on 14th
May 2002. It is formed by the various Administrations that are
directly involved in energy and environmental management within
its scope of action: the Barcelona
as the municipal manager, the Metropolitan
Body for Hydraulic Services and Waste Treatment because
of its relationship with the “real” city, the Catalan
Institute for Energy and the Institute
for Energy Diversification and Savings because
of its responsibility in the Catalan and Spanish spheres, respectively.
Likewise, with the aim to increase knowledge and research, the
of Barcelona and the Catalan
University Technical College, also form part of the Consortium.
The president of the Consortium at present is Joan Puigdollers, Chair of the the Barcelona City Council’s Commission for Sustainability, Urban Services and the Environment.