Narbonne: Didier Mouly’s major energy saving project for the next 3 years

The priorities of the municipal campaign have been revised, such as the gentle walk from the Moulin du Gua to the Zac des Berges de la Robine. The next three years will be “adapted to the daily concerns of the Narbonnais”. Various crises passed there.

The Covid crisis, but above all the inflation, purchasing power and energy crisis have been there. During the next three years of his mandate, Didier Mouly and his first deputy, Bertrand Malquier, completely redesigned the projects given during this funny mayoral campaign, which took place between two arrests and as many curfews.

“We redrafted the budget in a different way without raising taxes” Last Friday, the mayor emphasized two hidden goals: to leave an additional footprint on the Arena and to bring his city into the energy saving zone. However, after the increase in agents’ index point, finance is burdened with an additional €2 million, “2 million euros per year should be taken into account“Despite Narbonne’s participation in the group purchases established by Syade’s departmental structure, emphasized Ludovic Juge, director general of services, and corresponds to additional energy costs of 2 million €, which were not foreseen in the spring of last year. “4 million euros to find” therefore, the municipality will seek with its teeth, mainly its own energy consumption.

Extinguishing fires: “We cannot bring the city into violation of the law”

There is no doubt that Didier Mouly has taken the example of other cities, such as Carcassonne, to turn off public lighting from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. “We have very thin priority neighborhoods, recently there were only 9 arrests in the Cité. We cannot bring the city to this violation.” Therefore, it justifies the mayor who made the choice to change the direction of public lighting. Narbonne and Grand Narbonne have already decided to switch off the lights in public buildings from 8pm on January 2nd. “ultimately for a rather symbolic saving”.

There are 12,000 lighting points in the city, only 20% of which work with LEDs, which save 75-80% energy and the life of the lamps is more than 30,000 hours. With an estimated budget of 7 million euros, Narbonne will switch to 50% LED lighting in 2023-2026. Significant savings can also be achieved by remote control and gradual dimming of lighting according to the seasons, sunrise and sunset times.

By 2026, the City will try to recover heat from the wastewater treatment plant, providing calories for the Robin banks, the Espace de liberté and the hospital center. The latter will take place, the work will be more expensive, because it will be necessary to pass a part of the city, and therefore you will automatically come across Roman remains and excavations. An investigation is currently underway by Dalkia. Enedis is working on the sludge from the edge of the Freedom Field. A new heating network in the future to be added to the wood-burning boiler that supplies St-Jean St-Pierre.

The savings – after an investment of €6.2 million – will go towards work on the Palais du Travail swimming pool. Planned: general repair of the basin, water supply source and waterproofing of the building. Tenders will be launched in mid-February. The improvements should allow energy savings of up to 20%. The Maraussan gymnasium, the most used in Narbonne, will be insulated from the outside, the roof and the heating system will be rebuilt thanks to a grant from the Green Fund of the Ministry of Ecological Transition (awarded to very energy-intensive buildings).

The great return of nature to the city

Long-term savings will be realized through the “Catch Plan” to plant 10,000 additional trees and shrubs by 2030 to green up the city. “To do this, Narbonne acquires tools to analyze the relationship between urban vegetation and the quality of life of residents at the neighborhood level, using greenness indicators that will allow the calculation of green space per inhabitant. . . “ First Deputy Mayor Bertrand Malquier said. The most notable announcement concerned the creation of a new 14-hectare park near Rec-de-Veyret. 500,000 euros will be invested in the development of an aromatic garden, a nutrient forest with orchards, family vegetable gardens, greenhouses and a composting area. Soil quality tests have already been carried out: significant decontamination work has to be done to evacuate scrap metal and the many stored old metal vine stakes from the fill: “Earth is healthy” According to Didier Mouly: “When we see the aerial view of our city, we understand how close nature is. We want to emphasize this and integrate ourselves into this environment.” The waterproofing of the schoolyards, which is ongoing (this summer) in Jean-Macé, will extend to Mathieu-Peyronne and Pasteur schools. The city will invest 200,000 euros (the State intervenes in these programs). The impregnation helps to combat heat islands and provide shade.

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