The green revolution starts at home

Attend this seminar to discover the opportunities, tools and technologies available for the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector in Europe

It’s clear that more needs to be done to decarbonise the household heating & cooling sector. After all, it’s here that Europe consumes most (51%) of its energy. Yet over 80% of the heat delivered to domestic buildings comes from inefficient and polluting boilers. These need to be replaced with more efficient models, and the use of renewables needs to be significantly increased from the current 20% share.

The way ahead seems clear

There’s no shortage of solutions. Just think what’s available in this sector: district heating, cogeneration, heat pumps, biomass boilers and stoves, solar heat, geothermal energy …

At the same time, cities and regions have the means and methods available to support the required feasibility studies and the practical approach to implementation of decarbonisation, thanks to various innovative tools and projects such as RELaTED, PLANHEAT and Hotmaps.

And with the Clean Energy Package being finalised, and the Long-Term Decarbonisation Strategy under discussion, the political will is gaining momentum.

What must Europe do?

This is one of the key questions that will be addressed at a seminar organised by the Decarb Heat Initiative, which brings together the major players of the heating and cooling industry stakeholders. Its goal is to turn the vision of a 100% decarbonised European heating and cooling system into a reality.

Under the title “The Green Revolution Starts At Home”, and under the auspices of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, Decarb Heat is giving key stakeholders the opportunity to discuss how to accelerate the uptake of all these solutions to enable full decarbonisation of this sector well before 2050.

This policy session will give a thorough overview of the heating and cooling sector in Europe with its opportunities, tools and technologies available for local, regional and national authorities.

A panel debate will be moderated by Thomas Nowak, Secretary General of the European Heat Pump Association and Convener of Decarb Heat. He will be looking to stimulate some interesting discussions between panellists who include:

  • Eva Hoos, Directorate General Energy, European Commission
  • Julien Dijol, Housing Europe
  • Emanuele Bianco, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

This will be followed by three presentations looking more closely at actual heating & cooling innovative solutions:

  • How HOTMAPS can support the development of local heat strategies: Anders Michael Odgaard, PlanEnergi
  • How the PLANHEAT tool can help EU cities: Stefano Barberis, RINA consulting
  • How to decarbonise district heating – the RELaTED experience: Roberto Garay, TECNALIA

Taking place on Thursday 20 June, 11.00 to 12.30, you can get more information on this event here.

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