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PLANHEAT project provides tool for decarbonising heating and cooling systems

October 12, 2017

Heating and cooling accounts for 50 percent of the EU’s energy consumption, and no significant energy transition scheme can succeed without decarbonising heating and cooling systems—something that can be done sustainably at district level through the connection of local, renewable and low-carbon energy sources to local needs.

As cities currently lack appropriate, easy-to-use tools to support them in identifying suitable strategies for sustainable heating and cooling that are tailored to local conditions, the PLANHEAT project offers knowledge, tools and training to support cities in the ambitious goal of decarbonising their heating and cooling systems.

PLANHEAT is a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission. The main objective of PLANHEAT is to develop and validate, through real-use cases, an integrated geo-referenced tool for the mapping, planning and simulation of heating and cooling systems at local level. The tool will support local authorities to select, simulate and compare alternative low-carbon and economically feasible scenarios for heating and cooling that can meet the forecasted demand. In-depth screening will be undertaken in order to deliver a tool that is truly customised to cities’ needs.

In addition to the REC, the PLANHEAT project team involves a consortium of nine other partners that includes a wide range of research institutes, universities, companies and international organisations from eight EU countries, namely: Artelys (France), RINA Consulting S.p.A. (Italy), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Euroheat & Power (Belgium), Geonardo Environmental Technologies (Hungary), National Observatory of Athens (Greece), Tecnalia (Spain), University of Zagreb (Croatia), and VITO (Belgium).  

Three validation 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.

REC involvement in the PLANHEAT project consists of:

  • organising a launch event to facilitate the engagement of public stakeholders from Central and Eastern Europe;
  • supporting partners to extend regional contacts and engaging local authorities interested in replicating the district heating solutions/software tool developed by the project;
  • organising training seminars on low-carbon heating and cooling planning in 50 EU cities in Central and Eastern Europe; and
  • preparing guidelines for shaping national plans on local low-carbon heating and cooling.

Please visit the PLANHEAT project website: www.planheat.eu and our join training sessions!

TAGS: Energy efficiency | Low carbon development | Urban sustainability