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The pilot site Milan (Italy) aims to fully comprehend energy consumption across the city by choosing representative buildings and representative areas of consumption inside the buildings chosen. The choice of the buildings and the areas of investigation have been made in order of consumption data, amount of wasted energy and the possibility of savings. Short-term benefits include optimised energy contracts which can be based on the exemplary sites selected. The long-term efforts minimise consumption at the sites selected and enable Comune di Milano to a large scale deployment of energy management services across the municipality.

Through the SMARTSPACES project, Comune di Milano improves its decision making process and raise the bar for sustainable, cost-saving building management practices. Working with BT and Cisco the city authorities are able to develop building performance models and analytics using real-time data from sensors, actuators and meters, and dynamic-pricing data - along with an innovative information management software - to accurately assess, track, forecast, simulate and optimise energy consumption of its assets. The system also identifies under-performing buildings and the causes of energy inefficiencies. Given the variety of sites that are part of the assets of the Comune di Milano, the most significant types were chosen in order to identify the best energy efficiency solutions for each type of site and maximize energy savings and allow to replicate the energy model on every building of the same type.

A network infrastructure connects the pilot sites together and to the other assets of Comune di Milano, allowing a centralised and scalable Energy Management solution.

The objective of the EMS is to gather row information and to elaborate it as to become intelligent data. The objective of the EDSS is to analyse data and create intelligent dashboards and reports able to make predictive analysis and to plan future use and consumption of energy.

Key Facts


Comune di Milano


Services Planned

Energy Management Service


Energy Decision Support Service 

Local Police Offices

Type of building: administration

Surface (m²): 1,055

Number of users: 60

Number of visitors/month: 2,400 

Savings planned: 7% overall; 8 % peak demand


Type of building: museum - nursery school

Surface (m²): 1,795 + 864 = 2,659

Permanent users: 50 + 60 = 110

Visitors/month: 66,000 + 130 = 66,130

Savings planned: 27% - 20% overall; 10% - 8% peak demand

Stefano Bartolotta

  EU Affairs Department, City Council of Milan

Every single behavior by every single person in the building can contribute in energy saving and in improving everyone’s work and life.