The energy transition is already well underway. However, it is happening at different speeds across Europe. In order to fulfill the EU’s climate and energy goals, the heating and cooling sector must sharply reduce its energy consumption and cut its use of fossil fuels.

This session will emphasise the importance of research, innovation and demonstration projects for thermal planning tools, while at the same time it will provide a menu of possible pathways and instruments that can inform the Heating and Cooling debate and relevant legislative initiatives, optimise mainstream and replicate state-of-the-art practice, aimed at making the resilient Energy Union a reality.

H2020 programme projects Hotmaps, PLANHEAT, THERMOS and Heat Roadmap Europe offer innovative approaches for the integration of sustainable heating and cooling infrastructure at European, national, regional and local levels, thereby assisting EU Member States in the practical aspects of the implementation of Article 14 of the Energy Efficiency Directive on efficiency in heating and cooling.

Join fellow academics and researchers, industry and public sector representatives at a pre-event of the 4th Generation District Heating Conference to assess four ground-breaking tools for energy planning. In its own way, each project works to optimise thermal mapping / modelling tools to enable faster upgrade, refurbishment and expansion of existing systems, as well as tap into renewable sources and the potential of waste/excess heat.

Test each tool yourself, discover key features of each and see which serve the purpose of your organisation and your work! Collect and discuss details about:
Geographical scope
Spatial resolution
Code and data requirements
Mapping and other functionalities
Economic and technical criteria
Simulation and scenario building
IT requirements
Training and implementation

13:00 – Introduction

13:10 – Project pitches

13:30 – Interactive Session (part 1)

Coffee break

14:30 – Interactive Session (part 2)

15:45 – Wrap-up