Greening our cities with district energy!

Heerlen, The Netherlands

22 April 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the conference is cancelled. We will inform you later about how it will be organised. Please come back regularly on this page to know more about the situation.

Decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector is a major challenge to reach carbon neutrality in a near future. One solution is to provide renewable and low carbon heat thanks to district energy. Today’s most advanced 4th and 5th generation district heating and cooling (DHC) systems run at low temperature, allowing less heat loss through pipes, and the use of local heat sources. This means less CO2 emissions and the development of greener local economy.

Despite these advantages, the use of district energy remains low across European countries, especially in the North-West area. However, cities in collaboration with citizens, policy makers and companies can meet the challenge and overcome the policy and organizational barriers to the rollout of this innovative technology.

This conference is a great opportunity to:

- learn from more than 15 cutting-edge pilot cases across Europe,
- find solutions to replicate successful projects,
- share experience with like-minded people.

Have a look at the detailed programme and join us to meet representatives of local authorities, national and European institutions, energy agencies and NGOs, energy utilities and business associations, as well as universities.


This conference is a side-event of the Cities and Citizens Energy Forum. Before registration, please have a look at both the Cities and Citizens Energy Forum programme and the conference programme below.

  • In case you are attending other parts of the Cities and Citizens Energy Forum (in addition of the “Greening our cities with district energy” event), please register on the Forum website (until 6th April).
  • In case you are ONLY attending the “Greening our cities with district energy” event, please use this separate registration form (in this case, you will not be granted the access to the Cities and Citizens Energy Forum).


The conference will take place at the Parkstad Limburg Theatre. Address: Burgemeester van Grunsvenplein 145, 6411 AS Heerlen. More practical information here for hotels and transport.

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