A Letter from the PLANHEAT Coordinator
Dear PLANHEAT community,
the PLANHEAT project celebrated its first birthday with a collaborative and fruitful two-day meeting in wonderful Lecce, one of our validation cities, in September. It is unbelievable that one year ago our project started and so much hard work has been performed so far, thanks to the great collaboration of all the PLANHEAT partners.
What has happened so far?
The most important outcome of this first year is that the global structure of the tool and the functionalities of each module have been defined. They are based on a survey of EU cities involving more than 20 local authorities. Cities and public authorities are indeed the real protagonists of the PLANHEAT project whose objective is not only to realise an integrated, free, easy-to-use tool for supporting local energy experts in sustainable heating and cooling planning, but also to make sure that the tool gets used all across Europe. To this purpose, two launching events with more than 100 attendees have been organised in Krakow and in Brussels and PLANHEAT has been disseminated during several EU Events (DHC Days in Lyon, HRE4 workshops). Furthermore all the project partners, from Croatia to Spain, from Italy to the Netherlands, from Hungary to France, from Greece to Belgium, strongly committed themselves to involving cities in the project and invited EU cities to become a PLANHEAT City.
Becoming a PLANHEAT city is a great opportunity particularly to access to the recently launched PLANHEAT e-learning platform and training plan, a free opportunity to get acquainted to urban energy planning basics and to learn how to use the PLANHEAT tool and other energy mapping and planning techniques.
Now it’s time to write down codes and realise the tool itself! Mock-ups have been already prepared, some of our PLANHEAT modules are currently under validation taking advantage of the data of the three validation cities Lecce, Antwerp and Velika Gorica. They will of course be presented in the next training activities. So, if the first PLANHEAT year has been a success, the second one looks very promising and challenging at the same time.
RINA Consulting, PLANHEAT Project Coordinator