HeatNet: Transition strategies for delivering low carbon district heat

To facilitate the implementation of low-carbon, energy and climate protection strategies to reduce GHG emissions in NWE

Project Summary

HeatNet will address the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions in NWE by creating an integrated transnational  NWE approach to the supply of renewable and low carbon heat (incl. waste heat) to residential and commercial buildings, developed and tested in 6 local district heating and cooling networks (DHC) in UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. In North, East and Central Europe DHC supplies up to 50% of heat demand but in NWE only 2-7%. DHC facilitates energy efficiency, less CO2 emissions and a greener economy. 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 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.

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
City of Dublin Energy Management Agency Ltd The Loft Crown Alley, Templebar
dec.mccormac@codema.ie www.codema.ie
Name Email Country
Plymouth City Council alex.midlen@plymouth.gov.uk United Kingdom
CAP 2020 asbl michel.heukmes@cap2020.be Belgium
Stad Kortrijk Gerda.flo@kortrijk.be Belgium
Intercommunale Leiedal Dominiek.Vandewiele@leiedal.be Belgium
Energy Cities olivier.lagarde@energy-cities.eu France
Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer h.evrard@habitat-du-littoral.com France
Universiteit Gent martijn.vandenbroek@ugent.be Belgium
Hogeschool van Amsterdam f.suurenbroek@hva.nl Netherlands
Les 7 Vents florian.guillotte@7vents.fr France
Aberdeen City Council lapaterson@aberdeencity.gov.uk United Kingdom
Mijnwater B.V. h.eijdems@mijnwater.com Netherlands
South Dublin County Council econroy@sdcoco.ie Ireland
Centre d'études et d'expertise sur les risques, l'environnement, la mobilité et l'aménagement Sebastien.delhomelle@cerema.fr France

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