The Energy Union is a game changer that will likely accelerate the growth of renewable energy in the EU, and the Heat Roadmap Europe project can play a big role in that development. Those were the main conclusions from speakers Martin Lidegaard, former Danish Energy and Foreign Minister, Morten Bæk, director of the Danish Energy Agency and Atli Benonysson, Vice President of Danfoss, at the kickoff event for the 4th Heat Roadmap Europe project held in Copenhagen in the beginning of April.
The theme of the event was “How can we cost-effectively decarbonise the European heating sector?”, and this is now more than ever on the European agenda according to former Danish Energy Minister Martin Lidegaard:
“The Energy union is a game changer. On top of the climate argument, the security argument is getting more focus. The European politicians are realizing that our dependency on gas and oil from non-European countries is a security issue,” said Martin Lidegaard.
Getting the new EU strategy on Heating and Cooling into the European legal framework is of utmost importance, added Morten Bæk from the Danish Energy Agency:
“Heat Roadmap Europe can play a critical role in this. I believe it can be a cornerstone in changing the heating and cooling practice in the EU,” said Morten Bæk.
They agreed that district heating represents a part of the way forward, and presently, there seems to be a solid political landscape to build on – especially with the focus of addressing energy efficiency in the new member states.
David Connolly, coordinator of the Heat Roadmap Europe project, pointed out that the technology is already there:
“We don’t need to invent anything new. We just need to get this information to the decision makers so they can make their decisions on the right foundation,” said David Connolly.
From left: David Connolly (coordinator of Heat Roadmap Europe), Atli Benonysson (Vice President at Danfoss), Morten Bæk (Director of Danish Energy Agency) and Martin Lidegaard (former Danish Minister of Energy) discussed how we can cost-effectively decarbonise the European heating sector at the Heat Roadmap Europe 4 kick-off event in Copenhagen.
The Heat Roadmap Europe project is mapping the heating and cooling demands in 14 EU countries, is part of the 4DH Research Centre and includes partners from Aalborg University, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Halmstad University, Flensburg University, PlanEnergi, Fraunhofer ISI, Utrecht University, University of Zagreb, ARMINES, ICLEI, TEP Energy, Euroheat & Power, European Heat Pump Association and Buildings Performance Institute Europe.
Added April 13, 2016
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695989.