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San Diego's Environmental Services Department has been awarded a grant to trial a platform that will benchmark and track municipal greenhouse emissions and energy use.The web-based platform called the Smart City Open Urban Platform (SCOUP) network, will "benchmark and track greenhouse gas emissions and energy use associated with select municipal facilities," reports a local new source.

The platform is designed in a way that will allow the city of San Diego and the public to measure the city’s progress toward its ambitious Climate Action Plan (CAP) goals and overall sustainability-related efforts.

The platform will reportedly integrate the construction and energy consumption data from the city's municipal facilities into a single portfolio manager, which will provide San Diego with a centralised platform to monitor the performance of its buildings and plan future efficiency upgrade projects to meet climate goals.

“We’re leading by example when it comes to creating a more energy efficient city,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “What gets measured gets managed and this new, cutting edge platform will help us better track energy use in our public buildings so city government can be as innovative as the people it represents.”

Reducing municipal energy consumption

The CAP’s Municipal Energy Strategy and Implementation Plan aims to reduce municipal energy consumption by 15% by 2020 and by an additional 25% by 2035.

The city will also be partnering with the Local Government Commission in public outreach and education toward these goals. It will share lessons learned and broadcast project results to other local governments, elected officials, residents and stakeholders statewide.

“Fundamentally, the priority with this type of project is for the city to update and mature its own tool kit to manage and track energy use across multiple facilities and buildings,” said Environmental Services deputy director Jack Clark.

“The secondary component is that the city can share its progress on reducing energy consumption and increasing clean energy generation. The results will provide examples and resources that communicate to San Diegans that we are in this together.”

The creation of the platform is also aimed at the creation, tracking and reporting of sustainability opportunities in underserved areas, where there are potential gaps to integrate more renewable energy and implement municipal energy and water conservation measures.

“The city intends to reinforce its position as a worldwide leader in Smart Cities innovation through the development and testing of an open, flexible, scalable and secure technology platform designed to consolidate and manage all municipal infrastructure, energy, and services for indoor Smart Energy Management and controls as it has for its award-winning Smart City outdoor control program,” said Environmental Services department director Mario X. Sierra.

"This [$1.9m] grant will fund this critical first step toward meeting the city’s Strategic Plan goals by creating a comprehensive Smart City interactive data model to engage citizens and improve municipal service delivery and quality of life.”