Integrated Tool for Empowering Public Authorities in the Development of Sustainable Plans for Low-Carbon Heating and Cooling (PLANHEAT)

Integrated Tool for Empowering Public Authorities in the Development of Sustainable Plans for Low-Carbon Heating and Cooling (PLANHEAT)

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor

D'Appolonia S.p.A.

Overall project value

EUR 88,125

Date

October 2016 – September 2019

Beneficiary countries

EU28

Number of staff

11

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.

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 sustainable 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.

PLANHEAT is being implemented by a consortium of nine partners. 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.

  • 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.
  • Preparing guidelines for shaping national plans on local low-carbon heating and cooling.
  • Preparation of guidance documents
  • Capacity building
  • Training
  • Cooperation
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Policy analysis
  • Event organisation