Florence Energy Agency (AFE) was founded in October 2000 under the EU SAVE II Programme as the energymanagement agency across the entire Province of Florence.
In 2005, the Agency became a public-body; theProvince of Florence is the majority shareholder and other local authorities are partners (Local councils of Scandicci, Bagno A Ripoli, Impruneta, Tavarnelle, Sesto Fiorentino and the Fiorentine and Mugello Mountain Communities).
AFE operates as a holistic local energy manager by means of programmes and actions to promote: management of energy demand, rational use of energy promotion, use of renewable energy sources; dissemination of products and technologies for environmental safeguarding and conservation; methods forenergy audits and training of technical personnel; local energy requirements and mobility.
In the field of buildings, AFE works according to the ClimateHouse method, the EE certification that promotes the adoption of building construction methods that meet energy saving and environment protection criteria. In this way, AFE supports public and private entities in the construction and refurbishment of NZEB. The agency has worked on a number of council level building regulations, which can be adapted to sports facilities.AFE has signed a cooperation agreement with Fiorentina Nuoto and Firenze Pallanuoto, companies that manage swimming pools across Florence and with local authorities making their sports facilities available for pilot actions within n0e-sport.