PLANHEAT @ EUSEW: Heat Planning to Boost the Local Heat Transition
The EUSEW event “The green revolution starts at home” took place on 20th June and was organised by a coalition of industry representatives, EU-funded projects, including PLANHEAT, and the International Renewable Energy Agency. During the event it became clear that heat planning and heat zoning are important tools to boost the local heat transition – and the PLANHEAT tool is well positioned to support cities and regions.
Along with the EU-funded projects HOTMAPS and RELaTED, the functionalities of the PLANHEAT tool were presented during the event. All three projects offer solutions to support the local heating nad cooling transition in cities and regions. Software developed by HOTMAPS and PLANHEAT can assist cities and regions in their heating and cooling planning, while RELaTED is developing an innovative ultra-low temperature concept for thermal district energy networks. Such tools and solutions are part of an integrated, holistic approach to decarbonize the sector.
Representatives from the cities of Vienna and Antwerp stressed the importance of local governments actions for decarbonizing heating & cooling networks and provided an overview of their achievements and plans, underlining the need to involve all local stakeholders (companies and citizens) to succeed.
During the event, the DecarbHeat initiative called for the immediate decarbonization of our buildings’ heating and cooling as a key measure to reach our 2050 goals, insisting on the preparedness of the industry on one side, the worrying lack of political ambition on the other: “the recent impasse at the Council serves as a crystal clear window onto the real obstacles to decarbonization: beyond financing and investment costs, the lack of political ambition is the most discouraging sign of how everyone seems to be ready for the transition, except for some national leaders”, said Jean-Marc Jossart, Secretary General of Bioenergy Europe, intervening at the event.
All stakeholders present at the event agreed on the urgency of decarbonizing the building sector. An integrated approach, bringing together different technologies and calibrating the contribution of each according to the local specificities, while allowing citizens better access to information on how to make the right investments for them and their environment, stimulating financing and taking advantage of legislation on building renovations are key to achieve decarbonization.