ICLEI Europe is organising the next HRE Workshop at the Ecoprocura conference on 3-5 October 2018, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The session "Procurement as a transformation tool for energy market" will be held on Wednesday 3 October, 16.20 - 18.00.
More information to follow. Register here.
The European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) is a key event for local and regional authorities with over 160 sessions taking place all over Brussels.
HRE’s session “Heat Synergy Regions as driver of integrated territorial development” will be held on Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 09.30 - 11.00.
Organised by European Committee of the Regions and DG Regio, this year’s EWRC is taking place on 08 -11 October 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
For registration click here. First you click on “Add session” and on the next page you click on “My sessions” where you confirm.
Heat Roadmap Europe will be present and with new results at the 4th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating, organised by the 4DH Research Centre and will be held on 13-14 November 2018, in Aalborg.
Along with its sister projects Hotmaps, Planheat and THERMOS, HRE is co-organising an 'Interactive workshop on heat planning and mapping in Europe - Exchanging and understanding methodologies, tools, concepts and results from the H2020 projects Hotmaps, Planheat, THERMOS and Heat Roadmap Europe', as side event to the conference, on 12 November 2018 in Aalborg, Denmark. More information will follow.
On Tuesday 5 June 2018, Heat Roadmap Europe hosted a stand at the EUSEW Networking Village, where visitors were introduced to Peta4.2 and invited to explore HRE tools firsthand. HRE experts provided on-the-spot training for attendants to perform their own analysis.
On Thursday 7 June, Heat Roadmap Europe hosted an interactive panel discussion focusing on discovering effective market tools, transferable practices and cutting-edge H&C solutions driving the decarbonisation of Europe's energy systems.
HRE coordinator Brian Vad Mathiesen kick started the discussions by introducing the projects latest findings. Based on that the expert panel composed of high level EU policy experts like Paul Hodson (DG ENERGY) encouraged the rethinking of Europe’s H&C through holistic and next-generation solutions and to present technically and economically-feasible pathways to decarbonise H&C.
Cities have a pivotal role to the delivery of short, medium and long-term climate strategies, as they are responsible for a high share of energy consumption and provide many opportunities for more efficient supply and use of energy.
For this reason EHPA, HRE Partner, has decided to look at the challenges faced by cities during their process of decarbonisation and the available solutions. The second session of the DecarbCities Forum, on Wednesday 16 May 2018 at the Museumsquartier in Vienna, Austria, focused on the local energy challenges from a planning perspective:
- How can the quest for zero emission cities be modelled and which tools are available to achieve full decarbonisation at local level?
City planners and researchers presented what is feasible and elaborate on tools they have at their disposal. Speakers included: Martin Jakob, TEP Energy GmbH, HRE partner. During the day, the audience also had the possibility to interact with the Peta4.2 at the HRE4 project corner. To have more information please have a look at the programme.
In this workshop, scenario building and energy system analysis were presented to provide scientific evidence for different decarbonisation pathways in Europe. For each of the 14 EU countries participating in HRE, scenario building helps understanding the role of energy technologies as well as the costs and benefits for the EU energy system under different sets of specific assumptions.
The event inspired those who want to include integrated heating and cooling systems in their energy transition plans by providing state-of-the-art planning tools, solutions and insights.
The supply of heat through district energy systems is a common technology used by local municipalities across Europe, but far from all are efficient and many of the local actors’ struggle with the challenge of transforming these systems into low-carbon systems.
How could old municipality district heating systems be upgraded, and what are the benefits compared with other heating sources traditionally used in Poland? What are the available financing options and existing support programmes? The workshop focused on answering these questions and present best-practice local and international examples as well as business models. It was held on 25 January 2018 in Warsaw and was organised in the framework of the EU-funded Heat Roadmap Europe project.
This dynamic conference, CELSIUS Summit - The Power of Networks, will showcase the latest research and technological developments in addition to addressing key challenges faced by cities in the planning, development and optimisation of their district energy systems. Starting with an overview of the latest developments that are happening around district energy networks across Europe – a series of live interviews and films will set the stage for this unique conference. Underlining the theme of the conference, “The Power of Networks”, participants will be encouraged to participate in one-on-one matchmaking sessions as well as intimate round table discussions on specific subjects, key to improving district energy systems in Europe. See the full CELSIUS Summit programme here.
The Heat Roadmap Europe (HRE) Interactive Workshop at the CELSIUS Summit will consist of two consecutive roundtables, each looking at complementary aspects of Heat Synergy Regions for regional energy planning:
Government and non-government actors will gather with the HRE project on 15 Nobember 2017, 16.30 - 18.00 at the Cities & Regions Pavilion at the COP23 in Bonn, to discuss one of the most efficient, and cost-effective, solutions in reducing emissions and primary energy demand: Heat Synergy Regions.
Central to Heat Synergy Regions are resource-efficient, climate-resilient and low-carbon - district heating and cooling (DHC) systems. By using national and local-scale thermal mapping and modeling, complemented by analyses of energy systems’ potential for savings, the feasibility of heating and cooling solutions in general, Heat Synergy Regions can be identified. In order to achieve this, local, sub-national and national governments each have a key role to play, supported by the scientific and industry communities.
Speakers will include, among others, Brian Van Mathiesen, Professor, Aalborg University, Coordinator of HRE4 and Paul Voss, Managing Director, EuroHeat & Power, HRE4 partner.
Places are limited. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
The International District Cooling and Heating Conference, on 24-25 October 2017 in Doha, Qatar, focused on key issues to accelerate the development of District Energy to help ensuring that District Energy fulfils its enormous potential. The event included also the Global District Energy Climate Awards which have offered visibility and recognition to the many communities, cities and campuses around the world that have embraced District Energy as a vital part of their sustainability planning.
With 6%, the Netherlands is ranked 3rd (after Luxemburg and Malta) with the lowest share of renewables in the energy mix in the European Union. Denmark is ranked 5th on the other end of the EC-ranking with a 30% share of renewables and the highest ranked country without a significant hydropower contribution.
Many decisions to increase the share of renewables are taken at a local or regional level, but many of these organisations do not have tools to plan the energy transition at the municipal or provincial scale. Similar energy transition decisions had to be taken in Denmark 2 or 3 decades ago. Aalborg University has been developing the EnergyPLAN Tool for advanced energy system analysis for two decades. Nowadays EnergyPLAN is a worldwide used tool to support energy system analysis and planning at all relevant scales: municipal, regional and national.
Therefore, Deltares invited Aalborg University to give a 2-day workshop on the practical use of EnergyPLAN in the Dutch context on 23-24 October in Delft, Netherlands, in order to support decisions making in the energy transition at all relevant spatial scales.
The workshop was in the same venue as the HRE4 workshop, from 16.00 to17.45.
See programme at progRESsHEAT website.
This workshop was held on the 11th Sept 2017, in connection with the 3rd International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4GDH. The focus was on various aspects of heat pumps focusing on high-temperature heat pumps as well as the potential of utilising district heating. See more information here.
The 4DH Strategic Research Centre, the RE-INVEST project and Aalborg University invited researchers and experts from industry and businesses to the 3rd international Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating.
The aim of the conference was to present and discuss scientific findings and industrial experiences related to the subject of Smart Energy Systems based on renewable energy and future 4th Generation District Heating Technologies and Systems (4GDH).
The new version 4.2 of the Pan-European Thermal Atlas (Peta 4.2) was launched at the 3rd International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4GDH, on the 12th September 2017.
Heat Roadmap Europe 4 workshop, which took place during the EHPA DecarbHeat Forum, on 11-12 May 2017 in Brussels at the BEL.
The session, titled “DecarbCities: addressing the renovation challenge” (11 May, 14.00 – 15.30) addressed solutions for turning cities into sustainable living areas using a combination of building renovations, best available heating and cooling technologies and low carbon energy sources.
As one of the keynote speakers, HRE project leader Professor Brian Vad Mathiesen highlighted the importance of energy planning for connecting electric and thermal infrastructures and using energy most efficiently in future cities. Session speakers, joined by project partner ICLEI Europe, sat on a panel to discuss the best way to help local authorities making informed decisions on how to exploit the available heat sources and reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption in their cities.
DecarbHeat 2017 collected ideas from energy stakeholders on the next steps towards the vision of a 100% decarbonised heating and cooling sector by 2050 (80% by 2040). The conference addressed the future of heating and cooling policy and will explore scientists and policy makers' visions for a 2050 energy system, including what cities can do to help, the effects of digitalisation on the heating and cooling industry, and perspectives from the industrial sector. The Heat Pump City of the Year Award was awarded at the event.
For more information about the session, please click here.
Heat Roadmap Europe 4 had a thriving 2016, and here is a look back at what we achieved in terms of communication and dissemination events over the last 10 months since the project kick-off in March.
The project benefited from ample visibility, with project partners spreading the HRE messages to the broader audience throughout Europe and across the globe.
Over 30 international and national conferences were attended, where consortium members held academic and general presentations to share HRE4 experiences and findings. This included, to name just a few, large events such as the 5th International Symposium on District Heating and Cooling in Korea, smaller regional events such as the South East European Sustainable Development of Energy Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) conferences in Slovenia, and targeted workshops such as the SmartReFlex final workshop in Denmark.
Many interesting meetings with lead-users from national associations and industry also took place last year. Project partners and interested parties shared knowledge and explored opportunities for accelerating the uptake of low carbon and energy efficient heating and cooling. For example, HRE met with the French district heating association(SNCU), the Department of Energy in Ireland (DCENR), the PTTE Competence Centre in the Czech Republic, Grundfos (world's largest pump manufacturer) and many more!
HRE also received plentiful press coverage in popular and scientific publications, with articles published in Energy - The International Journal, Hot Cool Magazine, Nordisk Energi and EU SETIS Magazine, and more.
A big thanks to all partners, our heating-cooling and energy colleagues and associates for your hard work. The bar has been set high, and we look forward to another promising year ahead!
As part of the HRE4 project, a series of events will be organised to enhance the exchange of good practice, and provide guidance on the implementation of heating and cooling strategies in a local context. These include:
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695989.