Jose Ignacio Arriba; City Council, Vitoria Gasteiz, Basque Region, Spain
graduated with a Degree in Industrial Energy Engineering (BA) from the University of Bilbao. From 2000 to 2005 he worked as researcher in Ikerlan S. Coop Research Centre. His main fields of research were: polymer and solid oxide fuel cells, hydrogen, fuel processing, computational fluid dynamics, design and control.
Since 2005 he has been responsible for the Energy Agency of Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council. He is also in charge of the Vitoria-Gasteiz Plan against Climate Change 2010-2020, the City Council’s energy management, efficiency and renewable energy development actions.
Jose has been the local coordinator of the Civitas Plus MODERN project. Under the motto “MObility, Development and Energy use ReductioN,” Civitas MODERN connects the cities of Craiova (Romania), Brescia (Italy), Coimbra (Portugal), and Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain). The four MODERN cities have put together a package of activities for cleaner and better urban transport based on stakeholder engagement and a performance-led approach.
He has participated in other EU projects such as IIE -Polis & Pime’s Concerto. Polis is a network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport. The Europe-wide Pime’s Concerto initiative is proactively addressing the challenges of creating a more sustainable future for Europe’s energy needs.
He is a member of the Energy Technical Group of the Spanish Network of Smartcities (RECI), which promotes urban modernisation projects that foster and enhance sustainability, and of the Spanish Network of Cities for the Climate.
- Vitoria Gasteiz was European Green Capital 2012.
The European Green Capital Award is an initiative of the European Commission which recognizes the important role that local authorities play in improving the environment, and their high level of commitment to genuine progress. The European Green Capital Award promotes and rewards their efforts.