PLANHEAT Launch Event: Third European Congress of Local Governments

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Mar 27–29, 2017


Krakow, Poland


ICE Krakow Congress Centre


Urban heating and cooling are responsible for more than half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Europe. At present, public bodies lack appropriate, easy-to-use tools to support them in identifying suitable, sustainable heating and cooling strategies that are tailored to local conditions. To overcome this challenge, the PLANHEAT project will develop and validate an integrated geo-referenced tool for mapping, planning and simulating heating and cooling systems. The general aim is to make it possible to identify low-carbon and economically viable heating and cooling scenarios.

The PLANHEAT project is open to European cities that would like to work on decarbonising their heating and cooling systems. The project will offer: in-depth involvement of all PLANHEAT cities in shaping and improving the tool; dedicated trainings and workshops; webinars throughout the project; events at local and EU level; and guidelines, "how-to" tutorials and the sharing of expertise and experiences.

During the third European Congress of Local Governments, held in Krakow, there will be several possibilities to learn more about the PLANHEAT project and to meet representatives of organisations, universities and companies involved in the project. The panel discussion "Empowering public authorities in the development of sustainable plans for low-carbon heating and cooling in Europe" will take place on the afternoon of March 27. Experts from the European Commission, Euroheat & Power, Veolia, and the REC, together with representatives of two PLANHEAT validation cities, Antwerp and Grad Velika Gorica, will share their knowledge and experience on this topic.

During the second day there will be two workshops. Participants will have the chance to learn more about the project and the capabilities of the PLANHEAT tool, which can be used to simulate current and future sustainable energy action plans (SEAPs). In addition, the PLANHEAT project will have an exhibition stand in the foyer of the ICE Krakow Congress Centre, where event participants will be welcome to ask any question and discuss possibilities for further cooperation. The PLANHEAT team looks forward to meeting you in Krakow!