Today is widely understood that global energy consumption patterns are directly related to the urban expansion and development process. This expansion is based on the natural growth of human activities and has left most urban areas totally dependent on fossil fuel derived external energy inputs. This status-quo of production, transportation, storage and consumption of energy has become inefficient and is set to become even more so when the continuous increases in energy demand are factored in. The territorial management of land use and related activities is a central component in the search for more efficient models of energy use, models that can meet current and future regional, national and European goals.
In this paper a methodology is developed and discussed with the aim of improving energy efficiency at the municipal level. The development of this methodology is based on the monitoring of energy consumption and its use patterns resulting from the natural dynamism of human activities in the territory and can be utilized to assess sustainability at the local scale. A set of parameters and indicators are defined with the objective of constructing a systemic model based on the optimization, adaptation and innovation of the current energy framework and the associated energy consumption patterns. The use of the model will enable local governments to strike the necessary balance between human activities and economic development and the local and global environment while safeguarding fairness in the energy sector.
 Adene. (2011). Energia, Guia da eficiência energética. Lisboa: Adene - Agência Para a Energia, (in portuguese).
 ESMI (Dr. Howard Porter; Klaus-Dieter Axt). (2009). We Make Metering Smart. Belgium: European Smart Metering Industry Group.
 Martins, N., Figueiredo, C., Azevedo, F., Ribeiro, F., Proença, M., & Abreu, M. J. (2007). Cidades Inovadoras e Competitivas para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável. Lisboa: Departamento de Prospectiva e Planeamento e Relações Internacionais (in portuguese).
 Fusero, P. (2008). E-City Digital networks and cities of the future. Barcelona: LISt Lab.
 (Centre of Regional Science, Vienna UT, October 2007.European Smart Cities.)
 Amado, M. P. (2005), Planeamento Urbano Sustentável. Caleidoscópio _ Edição e Artes Gráficas, Casal de Cambra (in portuguese).
 Mahizhnan, A. (1999). Smart cities -The Singapore case. Cities, Vol. 16, No. 1 . Cities (pp. 13-18). Elsevier Science Ltd.
 Giffinger, R., & et al. (2007). Smart cities: Ranking of European medium-sized cities. Vienna: Centre of Regional Science, Vienna University of Technology.
 Amado, M. P., and F. Poggi. "Towards Solar Urban Planning: a new step for better energy performance." Energy Procedia .30 (2012): 1261-1273.
 ADENE. (2010). Guia Da Eficiência Energética. Lisboa: ADENE- Agência Para a Energia.
 Amado, M. P., and F. Poggi. "Planning for Solar Smart Cities" CISBAT 2013. Lausanne, Switzerland: EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2013.
 Oeiras, C. M., andGEOTPU – Grupo de Estudos do Ordenamento do Território e Planeamento Urbano. (2012). Projecto de I&D do Programa Promoção e Capitação Institucional - OEIRAS E-CITY (PCI03 - 267 - 9002) _ RELATÓRIO I, Oeiras (in portuguese).