Nea Smyrni (New Smyrna) is a southern, semi-mountainous suburb of Athens. Nea Smyrni is located 5 km far from the centre of Athens and its area is about 3,524 km2.
Nea Smyrni was once partly made up of farmlands. Following the Population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1922, a number of refugees principally from Smyrna (today’s İzmir) arrived and settled in the southwestern part of Athens, which became Nea Smyrni. Many of its inhabitants, moved here from Smyrna, transforming the plain into an urban area.
Today, Nea Smyrni is a municipality with urban characteristics which is mainly made up of residential areas with a few business areas (extended development). According to the census of 2011, there were 73,090 people living in the city.
The main infrastructure in Nea Smyrni includes the tramway network, a central park, a stadium, an indoor hall, swimming pools, Nea Smyrni square and a self-funded underground parking station.
The main energy resources consumed in the municipality are oil, diesel, natural gas, liquid gas, gasoline and electricity.
Municipality of Nea Smyrni has signed the Covenant of Mayors in 2011 and in relation to this commitment, has submitted the SEAP for approval on 28 December 2012.
Within the city of Nea Smyrni, the CO2 emissions are estimated at 383,380 t of CO2 annually, having 2008 as a reference year. The goal set by the municipality is to reduce these emissions by 20.32% by 2020. In order to succeed this goal the most important energy actions (included in the SEAP) are:
- Public buildings: Green roof installation in a series of public educational buildings, Photovoltaic’s installation in a series of public educational buildings, Energy efficiency measures regarding public buildings’ envelope improvement
- Municipal Vehicles and transport: Progressive replacement of municipal transportation and fleet vehicles
Furthermore, Nea Smyrni will also proceed in the progressive replacement of public street lighting as it is a highly energy intensive service the municipality provides.
In order to develop the SEAP, Nea Smyrni has recorded the current emissions (reference year 2008) of the municipality and listed a series of energy efficiency measures to tackle energy consumption increase. During and after the implementation of SEAP actions, the municipality will monitor and revise every two years the CO2 emissions. Until 2020, Nea Smyrni will monitor and assess the achievement of the initial target, the 20.32% reduction of the CO2 emissions.
Municipality of Nea Smyrni as an environmentally sensitive city has completed or will complete in the foreseeable future the following actions:
- Public bicycle hire system: The project has been funded and is under construction.
- Natural gas penetration in every public educational building: Already about 91% of them are operating with natural gas.
- Green roof installation in a series of public educational buildings: Three schools already have planted their roofs which roofs are part of the educational program and another six studies are in the process of submitting for subsidization under the National Strategic Reference Framework 2007-2013 scheme.
- Energy efficiency measures regarding public buildings’ envelope improvement: Two studies concerning schools have been submitted for subsidization under the National Strategic Reference Framework 2007-2013 scheme.
Furthermore, the municipality has promoted the Covenant of Mayors initiative through a one-day event that was relayed in local network TV, an announcement in local newspaper and municipality’s website.