Horizon 2020 projects UgradeDH and KeepWarm have made upgrading of inefficient district heating system easier. New handbooks and training courses have been produced that will help operators of existing district heating systems understand the opportunities of improved energy efficiency and a transition to a sustainable energy system.
On 1 November 2019, the Smart City project ATELIER, funded by the European Commission under the H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020 call, is officially starting. Coordinated by the City of Amsterdam, ATELIER will focus on developing citizen-driven Positive Energy Districts in its two Lighthouse Cities Amsterdam and Bilbao, combining the expertise and the commitment of 30 partners from 11 countries.
Heating and cooling in residential and industrial sectors accounts for half of the EU’s energy consumption. More than 80% of this energy is still generated from fossil fuels and heat losses are also significantly high. European and international institutions recognise the importance for heating and cooling planning to achieve ambitious results. Local governments are aware this sector is key if they want their cities to be sustainable in the long term. However, a lot of knowledge and information is needed in order to develop heating and cooling strategies at local level (heat demand density, renewable energy potentials, load profiles, excess heat sources…).
The planet is heating up fast. Whichever predictions you read, the consequences look serious. Efficient solutions to this acute global problem must be found quickly. The responsibility for tackling climate change lies with decision-makers, industry, and ordinary citizens.
Update – The authorisation for state aid has been published in the Official Journal.
Following the Celsius Summit tradition, this free two-day conference will bring together politicians, industry representatives and research institutions from across Europe to connect and exchange ideas on how urban thermal energy systems are developing and how these integrated heating and cooling solutions of the future will allow smart cities to satisfy the energy needs of its citizens and businesses in a sustainable way.
The workshop will feature sessions on the role of heating and cooling for local sustainable energy action plans alongside study tours introducing participants to recent district heating and cooling planning with THERMOS in Berlin.
This workshop will be focused on the role of high efficient district heating networks (DHN) as it will facilitate the exchange of emerging expertise and knowledge on their deployment and modernisation, taking the example of existing and prospective initiatives, like the HeatNet NWE project. Experienced representatives of local authorities, energy agencies and global companies will be given the floor to share tools and examples of innovative solutions which enable increased energy efficiency, the integration of renewable and waste energy sources as well as the use of energy storage options. This leads to enhanced overall resource efficiency, the creation of local jobs, the decarbonisation of the local energy system and better air quality.
Horizon 2020 energy efficiency projects CATALYST, Low UP and COOL DH developed innovative technologies for waste heat extraction and utilisation. They were presented and discussed during the 5th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems at the Aalborg University in Copenhagen.
Heating and cooling is getting higher on the agenda as it holds huge potential for decarbonising the energy system. Whereas cities are taking bold actions to build new infrastructures and ban fossil fuel boilers, the industry sector is releasing a 2050 vision highlighting that “cities can and must show leadership in this area and decisions must be taken locally”.
In the framework of the International Conference on Smart Energy System, on 9 September, EASME is organising a technical workshop with the participation of 14 EU funded projects on the subject of Waste Heat & Cold utilisation.
Questions to be addressed include:
- Renewable gas, biomethane, hydrogen and bioLNG, what qualifies as lower-carbon gas? What do we mean by green gas?
- What role can decarbonized/green gas play in the energy systems? Will natural gas play a role in the medium and long-term future?
- How can cleaner gas help decarbonize industrial, transport and heating sectors? What is the outlook for 2030 and beyond?
- Does the EU need more infrastructure for these new sources of green gas?
- Do we need to decentralize the gas system as we did for the electricity system?
Investment in the renewables sector can provide major benefits in terms of the competitiveness of EU industry, as well as providing a major boost for jobs and growth, according to a new two-part study published today by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy. Highlighting the significant economic contribution that renewables are already providing, the study identifies a number of potential solutions to bottlenecks and administrative hurdles that would provide an even greater boost to certain sectors.
Update – the public version of the decision is available