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Energies 2013, 6(8), 4308-4330; doi:10.3390/en6084308
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A Multi-Criteria Methodology to Support Public Administration Decision Making Concerning Sustainable Energy Action Plans

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1 Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (A.B.C. Department), Polytechnic of Milan, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 10133 Milano, Italy 2 Department of Management and Production Engineering (DIGEP), Polytechnic University of Turin, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
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Received: 2 July 2013 / Revised: 31 July 2013 / Accepted: 7 August 2013 / Published: 20 August 2013
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Abstract

For municipalities that have joined the Covenant of Mayors promoted by the European Commission, the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) represents a strategic tool for achieving the greenhouse gas reductions required by 2020. So far as the energy retrofit actions in their residential building stock are concerned, which in the small-to-medium municipalities are responsible for more than 60% of CO2 emissions, the scenarios for intervening are normally decided on the basis of an economic (cost/performance) analysis. This type of analysis, however, does not take into account important aspects for small and medium-sized communities such as social aspects, environmental impacts, local economic development and employment. A more comprehensive and effective tool to support the choices of public administrators is the multi-criteria analysis. This study proposes a methodology that integrates multi-criteria analysis in order to support Public Administration/Local Authorities in programming Sustainable Energy Action Plans with a more targeted approach to sustainability. The methodology, based on the ELECTRE III method, was applied to a medium-size municipality in the Lombardy region of Italy. The results obtained with this approach are discussed in this paper.
Keywords: energy planning; multi-criteria analysis; ELECTRE III; energy retrofit of buildings; sustainable energy action plans energy planning; multi-criteria analysis; ELECTRE III; energy retrofit of buildings; sustainable energy action plans
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Dall'O', G.; Norese, M.F.; Galante, A.; Novello, C. A Multi-Criteria Methodology to Support Public Administration Decision Making Concerning Sustainable Energy Action Plans. Energies 2013, 6, 4308-4330.

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