How to modernise the urban Heating and Cooling systems?

The Agenda of the 3rd European Congress of Local Governments (27-28 March 2017) includes a debate concerning the Project PLANHEAT and two workshops which aim to increase the awareness of the European local authorities about the decarbonisation of the Heating and Cooling sector. The partner of the Project is Regional Environmental Center for Central & Eastern Europe (REC) based in Budapest.

Urban Heating and Cooling is responsible of more than half of all energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Europe. Currently, public bodies face the lack of appropriate, easy-to-use tools to support them in the identification of suitable strategies for sustainable heating and cooling plans tailored to local conditions. To overcome this challenge, the PLANHEAT project will develop and validate an integrated geo-referenced tool for the mapping, planning and simulation of heating and cooling systems. By doing so, it aims at the identification of future low carbon and economically viable heating and cooling scenarios. The PLANHEAT project is open to European cities that would like to work on decarbonising their heating and cooling systems. It offers in-depth involvement of all PLANHEAT cities: shape and improve the tool; dedicated trainings and workshops; webinars throughout the whole project; events at local and EU-level; guidelines and How-To-Tutorials and sharing expertise and experiences.

During the European Congress for Local Government, there will be several possibilities to learn more about the PLANHEAT project and meet organizations, universities and companies involved in the project. Firstly, there will be a panel discussion on “Empowering public authorities in the development of sustainable plans for low carbon heating and cooling in Europe”. Experts from the European Commission, Euroheat & Power, Veolia and Regional Environmental Center together with representatives of two PLANHEAT validation cities, Antwerp and Grad Velika Gorica, will share their knowledge and experience on this topic. Secondly, during the second day there will be two workshops. Participants will have the chance to learn more about the project and the PLANHEAT tool potentials, which can be used to simulate current and future Sustainable Energy Action Plans. In addition, the PLANHEAT project will have an exhibition stand in the foyer of the ICE Krakow Congress Centre, where Congress participants will be welcome to ask any question and discuss possibilities for further cooperation.