Heat Roadmap Europe 4 (HRE4) aims to develop low-carbon heating and cooling strategies, called Heat Roadmaps, by quantifying and implementing changes at the national level for 14 EU Member States. HRE4 kicked-off in March 2016 and will run for 3 years.
In Europe, there is a clear long-term objective to decarbonize the energy system, but it is very unclear how this will be achieved in the heating and cooling sector. As a result, there is currently a lot of uncertainty among policymakers and investors in the heating and cooling sector, primarily due to a lack of knowledge about the long-term changes that will need to occur in the coming decades. This HRE project will improve the knowledge in the heating and cooling sector and transfer it to key lead-users across policy, industry, and research. By doing so, it will enable new policies and prepare the ground for new investments in new markets.
This project, which has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695989, addresses topic EE-14-2015 “Removing market barriers to the uptake of efficient heating and cooling solutions” of the Energy-efficiency Call.
HRE will study the14 largest countries in terms of heat demand which together account for approximately 85-90% of total heating and cooling in Europe.
The Heat Roadmap Europe methodology has developed continually, allowing for a better understanding and more accurate quantification of the European heating and cooling sector. Key to the project is the combination of mapping and modelling, in order to be able to understand not just the system effects of energy efficiency but also the spatial dimension.
In HRE4, 24 partners are working together in a consortium of university and research institutions, industry representative organisations, and an association of local authorities.
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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.