HeatNet NWE: Transition strategies for delivering low carbon district heat

Project Summary

HeatNet will address the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions in North West Europe by creating an integrated transnational NWE approach to the supply of renewable and low carbon heat (incl. waste heat) to residential and commercial buildings. District Heating and Cooling facilitates energy efficiency, less CO2 emissions and a greener economy. 

The project aims to develop and test 6 local district heating and cooling networks (DHC) in UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.


The overall objective is to introduce and demonstrate the 4th generation DHC (4DHC) in NWE. This is a low-temperature distribution system to minimise heat loss, integrated energy storage, integrated renewable energy sources and supply to multiple low energy buildings.

The concept requires the development of new institutional and organizational frameworks.

The project will result in 15,000 t CO2e saved per annum at its end.

The main outputs are:

1. A transferrable HeatNet model for the implementation of 4DHC schemes in NWE;

2. Six living labs develop, test and demonstrate through investments the HeatNet model to make it robust;

3. Transition Roadmaps plan for roll out of new technical, institutional & organizational arrangements in 6 living labs (new roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, regulation & policies, spatial planning, business models & viability, connection to finance and markets, acceptance, etc);

4. Promotion and fostering of the HeatNet model in NWE  through Transition Roadmaps to secure wide and long term impact of HeatNet. The consortium combines emerging NWE-knowhow on 4DHC (Mijnwater BV, academic, energy planning) with the capacity in the long term to reduce institutional & organizational barriers and to deliver permanent infrastructure at local and regional level. Multiple partners expertise is diverse and needed to jointly develop and promote the HeatNet-model and assist 6 successful living labs at the investment sites.


Atlantic stakeholder platform conference

23-10-2018 - 24-10-2018, Vigo, Spain

Interreg NWE will have a joint stand and there will be a speech from the programme director at the 5th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform conference. Read more

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Communication officer for Interreg NWE Secretariat (Lille, France)

Posted on 21-09-2018

Interreg NWE is looking for a communication officer to join its Secretariat in Lille (France). Read more

Progress for ETC programmes in Brexit discussions

Posted on 13-08-2018

The guarantee from the UK Government to UK based organisations has been extended till the end of 2020. Read more

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Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
City of Dublin Energy Management Agency Ltd Declan McCormac The Loft Crown Alley, Templebar
dec.mccormac@codema.ie www.codema.ie
Name Contact Name Email Country
Plymouth City Council Alex Midlen alex.midlen@plymouth.gov.uk United Kingdom
CAP 2020 asbl Michel Heukmes michel.heukmes@cap2020.be Belgium
Stad Kortrijk Gerda Flo Gerda.flo@kortrijk.be Belgium
Intercommunale Leiedal Dominiek Vandewiele Dominiek.Vandewiele@leiedal.be Belgium
Energy Cities Perrine ETHUIN perrine.ethuin@energy-cities.eu France
Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer Hélène Evrard-Henon h.evrard@habitat-du-littoral.com France
Universiteit Gent Martijn van den Broeck martijn.vandenbroek@ugent.be Belgium
Hogeschool van Amsterdam Frank Suurenbroek f.suurenbroek@hva.nl Netherlands
Les 7 Vents Florian Guillotte florian.guillotte@7vents.fr France
Aberdeen City Council Amye Robinson lapaterson@aberdeencity.gov.uk United Kingdom
Mijnwater B.V. Herman Eijdems h.eijdems@mijnwater.com Netherlands
South Dublin County Council Eddie Conry econroy@sdcoco.ie Ireland
Centre d'études et d'expertise sur les risques, l'environnement, la mobilité et l'aménagement Sébastien Delhomelle Sebastien.delhomelle@cerema.fr France


Design, Build, Operate & Maintain (DBOM) contract for the development of the South Dublin District Heating System

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The tender is now live for Ireland's first large-scale district heating network - the South Dublin District Heating System. The network is one of the INTERREG NWE project HeatNet NWE’s Living Labs and will supply public sector, residential and commercial customers in the Tallaght area of Dublin with low-carbon heat, using waste heat from a local data centre. One of the main objectives of the South Dublin District Heating System is to decrease the GHG emissions associated with the use of fossil fuels for heating in Tallaght. You can view the full tender for the Design, Build, Operate & Maintain (DBOM) contract here: https://irl.eu-supply.com/app/rfq/publicpurchase_frameset.asp?PID=135534&B=&PS=1&PP= Read More

Fostering District Heating and Cooling in European Cities – Policy recommendations from the HEATNET project

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You have probably heard about the advantages of District Heating and Cooling systems: they increase energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to the development of a greener economy. But what can be done to foster the supply of renewable and low carbon heat to our buildings? Our experts just released a set of recommendations for policy makers to promote District Heating and Cooling in North-West Europe! Read More

Save the date! Webinaire sur les Réseaux de Chaleur 4ème génération

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Dans le cadre du projet Interreg HeatNet NWE et en collaboration avec CEREMA, Energy Cities vous invite à participer un webinaire sur les réseaux de chaleur 4ème génération. Les réseaux de chaleur ont bien amorcé leur transition énergétique avec le développement des EnR&R. Certains vont encore plus loin en s’adaptant non seulement aux nouveaux bâtiments basse consommation mais également en s'intégrant dans une démarche SMARTGRID. Le projet Interreg HeatNet NWE dresse un état des lieux des freins et succès au développement des réseaux de chaleur 4ème génération en Europe du Nord-Ouest via des expérimentations concrètes. Ce webinaire vous donnera l'occasion d'en apprendre plus sur le sujet en permettant l’échange avec des porteurs de projets. Read More

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