The PLANHEAT project was succesfully launched at the 3rd European Congress of Local Governments in Krakow, Poland by the PLANHEAT project partner Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC). The event took place on March 27-28, 2017 and the Institute for Eastern Studies was the main organiser of the event, which attracted around 1,800 participants from around Europe, Poland being especially well represented. Over the course of two days, the PLANHEAT project and its main components and objectives were presented at a panel discussion, two workshops and a promotional stand.
PLANHEAT exhibition stand
The panel discussion, titled “Empowering Public Authorities in the Development of Sustainable Plans for Low Carbon Heating and Cooling in Europe“, was organised by the PLANHEAT consortium partners was held on March 27. The featured speakers were Malcolm Grimston (Imperial College London), Sam Verbelen (City of Antwerp), Kamila Waciega (Veolia), Sofia Lettenbichler (DHC+), Jonas Cognell (Goteborg Energi). Stefano Barberis (D’Appolonia), serving as moderator, presented the PLANHEAT project and introduced the consortium partners. He also explained the need for such a project in the context of current challenges related to of European urbanisation and decarbonisation strategies, and described the role of the project’s three “validation cities”: Antwerp, Lecce and Velika Gorica. Afterwards, every speaker had a chance to present her/his thoughts on issues related to urban heating and cooling in Europe.
Valentina Zuri (GEONARDO) presents the PLANHEAT E-Learning Platform
The following day, the PLANHEAT partners held the workshop “Towards 2020 and the Revision of SEAP: Local-Level Roadmap towards More Sustainable Heating and Cooling Plans“. The workshops were led by Stefano Barberis (D’Appolonia), Tomislav Novosel (Research Assistant, University of Zagreb), Valentina Zuri (GEONARDO) and Carolina Ferrando (D’Appolonia). Currently, public bodies face a lack of appropriate easy-to-use tools to support them in identifying sustainable strategies for sustainable heating and cooling plans tailored to local conditions. Tools developed by the PLANHEAT project can help to address this difficulty and solve other problems.
Moreover, participants had the opportunity to visit the PLANHEAT exhibition stand during the entirety of the two-day event and to learn more about the project and the possibilities it holds for municipalities engaged in its activities.
Panel Discussion: Empowering Public Authorities in the Development of Sustainable Plans for Low Carbon Heating and Cooling in Europe
Introduction • Stefano Barberis • D’Appolonia, PLANHEAT coordinator
A UK Perspective • Malcolm Grimston • Imperial College London
Antwerp: Strategic Energy Policy • Sam Verbelen • City of Antwerp, PLANHEAT Project
Why EU Industrial Players are Considering to Invest in Low Carbon Heating and Cooling? • Kamila Waciega • Veolia
How Does the EU Foster Decarbonisation in the Heating & Cooling Sector? • Sofia Lettenbichler • DHC+ Technology Platform c/o Euroheat & Power
CELSIUS Project – Urban Sustainable H&C: Something Real, Something Reliable • Jonas Cognell • Goteborg Energi, CELSIUS project
Workshop: Towards 2020 and the Revision of SEAP: Local-Level Roadmap towards More Sustainable Heating and Cooling Plans
PLANHEAT Tool training • Tomislav Novosel, University of Zagreb FSB • Michiel Fremouw, TU Delft • Valentina Zuri, Geonardo