Heat Roadmap Europe has been an important contributor to the construction of knowledge in the heat and cooling sector. The new data, tools, methodologies, and results HRE has developed are an outcome of the integrated assessment of a variety of knowledge across different disciplines, such as: energy system analysis, heat savings, district heating and cooling, GIS mapping, and renewable energy.
Running such a multidisciplinary project has required the coordination of many different partners across different universities, consultancies and industries, many of which are part of the 4DH consortium.
The following presentations are a direct result of the work conducted in the HRE4. Here it is possible to look at each country’s final Heating & Cooling demands; both in a general perspective and by sector.
By developing this knowledge in different forms; such as new data, tools, methodologies, and results about the heating and cooling sector; HRE has already had a major impact on the heating and cooling sector in Europe.
The results from HRE have been used in several official messages from the European Commission, including an official Communication from the European Commission relating to natural gas stress tests. Other mentions of HRE can be found, bellow in the page, in a list of some of the press releases.
The Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, twice referred to HRE in his opening speech at the ADE UK conference , while the Department of Climate Change in the UK also referred to HRE in a recent tender they released for some consultancy advice. Researchers behind HRE have been invited to give comprehensive expert advice to institutions in the EU on several occasions.
To be even more concrete, the HRE website currently receives approximately 1500 visitors each month and the HRE reports have already been downloaded more than 5000 times. This demonstrates the interest and reach of the studies. Similarly, two scientific journal articles were published in 2014 based on the work of HRE, which currently have over 38 citations since then.
Finally, members of the HRE consortium have been invited to present the results of HRE at more than 50 events, ranging from one-to-one meetings with local, national, and EU policymakers, as well as key industrial and research partners such as Danfoss, Vattenfall, and the Joint Research Centre (which is the research branch of the European Commission).
These events occur across many different countries including: Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Italy, Belgium, Korea, Croatia, and Ireland. This demonstrates how HRE is currently informing policy and encouraging new investments across the world.
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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.