PLANHEAT project launched: Prepare to decarbonise!

November 11, 2016 | By Anna Ruban

Photo by Gabor Heves

Have you ever wondered how your city could decarbonise its heating and cooling systems? The new PLANHEAT project offers knowledge, tools and training to support cities in this ambitious goal.

The main objective is to develop real-life scenarios in order to validate a user-friendly tool that supports local authorities to select, simulate and compare alternative low-carbon and economically sustainable heating and cooling options.

The integrated PLANHEAT tool will help local authorities to:

  • map the potential of locally available low-carbon energy sources;
  • map the forecasted demand for heating and cooling;
  • define and simulate alternative environmentally friendly scenarios;
  • understand the interactions between these new scenarios and the existing infrastructure and networks;
  • identify potential for the further extension and upgrading of district heating and cooling networks; and
  • evaluate benefits in terms of energetic, economic and environmental gains.

PLANHEAT is funded under the European Union’s research programme Horizon 2020. It was launched in October 2016 and will run for three years. The project team includes a wide range of research institutes, universities, companies and international organisations from eight EU countries. Three cities are also part of the team: Antwerp (Belgium), Lecce (Italy) and Velika Gorica (Croatia). These cities, which will support the consortium in the design and validation of the PLANHEAT integrated tool, represent an interesting mix in terms of climate conditions, the availability of input data, and development stages in the planning and introduction of next-generation heating and cooling systems.

The plan is to actively involve 50 EU cities in the project by offering dedicated training on low-carbon heating and cooling planning, and by carrying out in-depth screening in order to deliver a tool that is truly customised to cities' needs.

If your city is keen to get involved, the PLANHEAT team is keen to hear from you!

Details of the project can be found on the website of the EC's Community Research and Development Information Service.

For further information, contact the project coordinator Fabio Sagnelli (D’Appolonia S.p.A.) at or Stefano Barberis (D’Appolonia S.p.A.) at