REC launches PLANHEAT project in Krakow at 3rd European Congress for Local Governments
The REC successfully launched the PLANHEAT project at the 3rd European Congress for Local Governments in Krakow, Poland, which took place on March 27-28, 2017. The Institute for Eastern Studies was a main organiser of the event, which attracted around 1,800 participants from around Europe, Poland being especially well represented. Over the course of two days, the PLANHEAT project and its main components and objectives were presented at a panel discussion, two workshops and a promotional stand.
The panel discussion, titled "Empowering Public Authorities in the Development of Sustainable Plans for Low Carbon Heating and Cooling in Europe", was organised by the PLANHEAT consortium partners was held on March 27. The featured speakers were Malcolm Grimston (Imperial College London), Sam Verbelen (City of Antwerp), Kamila Waciega (Veolia), Sofia Lettenbichler (DHC+), Jonas Cognell (Goteborg Energi). Stefano Barberis (D’Appolonia), serving as moderator, presented the PLANHEAT project and introduced the consortium partners. He also explained the need for such a project in the context of current challenges related to of European urbanisation and decarbonisation strategies, and described the role of the project's three "validation cities": Antwerp, Lecce and Velika Gorica. Afterwards, every speaker had a chance to present her/his thoughts on issues related to urban heating and cooling in Europe.
The following day, the PLANHEAT partners held two workshops: "The PLANHEAT Project: An Integrated Tool for Local Authorities for the Identification of Future Low Carbon Heating and Cooling Plans" and ‘Towards 2020 and the Revision of SEAP: Local-Level Roadmap towards More Sustainable Heating and Cooling Plans". The workshops were led by Stefano Barberis, Tomislav Novoselov (Research Assistant, University of Zagreb), Valentina Zuri (GEONARDO) and Carolina Ferrando (D’Appolonia). Nowadays, public bodies face a lack of appropriate easy-to-use tools to support them in identifying sustainable strategies for sustainable heating and cooling plans tailored to local conditions. Tools developed by the PLANHEAT project can help to address this difficulty and solve other problems.
Moreover, participants had the opportunity to visit the PLANHEAT exhibition stand during the entirety of the two-day event and to learn more about the project and the possibilities it holds for municipalities engaged in its activities.