The knowledge in HRE includes a range of new data, tools, methodologies, and results, which have combined a variety of knowledge across energy system analysis, heat savings, district heating and cooling, GIS mapping, and renewable energy.
This has required the coordination of many different partners across different universities, consultancies, and industries, many of which are part of the 4DH consortium. Some key achievements from this work include:
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 a series of issue papers preparing the coming EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling, the European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service “Science for Environment Policy” in November 2015 and an official Communication from the European Commission relating to natural gas stress tests.
Similarly, partners from the HRE projects made four presentations at the high-level conference on heating and cooling hosted by the European Commission in February 2015, and the results from HRE were part of the official conference handouts. Following this conference, Paul Hodson, who is head of the Energy Efficiency Unit in DG Energy, referred to HRE as "the most advanced on the EU's heating and cooling sector as a whole".
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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.
Last updated December 2015
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695989.