The Brussels launching event of PLANHEAT took place during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017 (EUSEW17), the biggest event dedicated to renewables and energy efficiency in Europe. EUSEW 2017 took place from 19 to 25 June 2017 in Brussels and throughout Europe, with Brussels hosting a policy conference, networking village and numerous side events called ‘Energy Days’. The theme of this year was ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’, fitting well with PLANHEAT’s objectives.

Over the course of two days, 22-23 June, the PLANHEAT project was presented with an exhibition stand at the networking village, at the speaker’s corner and project partner DHC+ Technology Platform/ Euroheat & Power organised the stakeholder engagement workshop “Sustainable Cities – Towards Zero-Carbon Heating & Cooling“.

PLANHEAT exhibition stand at EUSEW networking village

At the networking stand, visitors had the chance to talk to project partners and could see the first demonstration of the PLANHEAT tool and the mapping module. Alessandro Provaggi, Head of the DHC+ Technology Platform, gave a speech at the Speaker’s Corner of the networking village, introducing the challenges cities are currently facing with regards to the energy transition. He pointed out that heat planning and the PLANHEAT project can be the ideal partner for cities looking for climate mitigation strategies.

 

The stakeholder engagement workshop “Sustainable Cities – Towards Zero-Carbon Heating & Cooling” taking place on 23 June from 9:00 to 12:30 offered the unique opportunity to exchange with fellow municipalities committed to decarbonising their heating and cooling systems. The keynote address by Commission official Ewout Deurwaarder was followed by the panel discussion ‘Zooming in on Cities’ Challenges’ in which Antwerp, London and the Paris Saclay project were presented. These cities had been chosen as good examples of heat planning, both showing challenging cases and best practices, and meant to inspire other cities in the audience as well as spark discussion.

Stakeholder Engagement Session with city experts and PLANHEAT partners as panelists

During the second session, four different presentations provided more details on the PLANHEAT project, the tool and how cities can benefit from the project. After each presentation, the participants were invited to fill in a short feedback survey that was intended to provide insights on how users perceive the PLANHEAT tool, collect comments and feedback and, ultimately, validate the project approaches and first results. Furthermore, two city experts, Marko Ružić from the City of Velika Gorica and Philipp Thaler from the think tank E3G had been invited and gave prompt live feedback after each session.

A big thank you to all the participants for their contributions and valuable comments. We see this stakeholder engagement workshop as the first in a series of engagement sessions where you can actively shape the tool. Stay tuned for more!

 

Presentations

Zooming in on Cities’ Challenges

The Antwerp Case: Planning the Energy Infrastructure for a Climate Neutral City by 2050 • Sam Verbelen • City of Antwerp, PLANHEAT Project

The CELSIUS and London Approach • Simon Wyke • Greater London Authority, CELSIUS Project

Paris Saclay and Querfurt Cases: Efficient District Heating and Cooling as a Backbone to Local Energy Transitions • Vincent Aumaître • Tilia, Head of Saclay Project

 

Stakeholder Engagement Session 

PLANHEAT Tool – A Participatory Approach • Stefano Barberis • RINA Consulting

PLANHEAT: Cities Survey – Current Status, Practices and Needs in H&C • Michiel Fremouw • Delft University of Technology

An Overview of the Future PLANHEAT Tool • Leen Van Esch • VITO and Alexandre Marié • Artelys

E-Learning Platform and Free Training Opportunities • Hrvoje Dorotić • University of Zagreb