The Energy Union is a game changer that will likely accelerate the growth of renewable energy in the EU, and the Heat Roadmap Europe project can play a big role in that development. Those were the main conclusions from speakers Martin Lidegaard, former Danish Energy and Foreign Minister, Morten Bæk, director of the Danish Energy Agency and Atli Benonysson, Vice President of Danfoss, at the kickoff event for the 4th Heat Roadmap Europe project held in Copenhagen in the beginning of April.
The theme of the event was “How can we cost-effectively decarbonise the European heating sector?”, and this is now more than ever on the European agenda according to former Danish Energy Minister Martin Lidegaard: “The Energy union is a game changer. On top of the climate argument, the security argument is getting more focus. The European politicians are realizing that our dependency on gas and oil from non-European countries is a security issue,” said Martin Lidegaard. Read More.
Added April 13, 2016
You will receive a confirmation email. This may take a minute, but if it does not reach you, please check your spam folder.
Over the last five years, the European Union has radically changed its views on heating, partly thanks to a series of studies led by a group of researchers at Aalborg University, Denmark. This is evident from a new EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling launched today, 16.02.2016.
Five years ago, the EU’s focus was firmly set on reducing the heat demand and electrifying the heat supply. District heating was on the periphery of EU energy policy at that time. In fact, an official communication from the EU Commission in 2011 said that district heating was expected to decline in the future (Energy Roadmap 2050, European Commission, 2011 Available from: http://ec.europa.eu).
Since then, the Commission has warmed considerably to district heating. In the new EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling launched today, district heating is mentioned on the first page and has a prominent position in the strategy’s vision for the future. The Heat Roadmap Europe project, which is led by the Sustainable Energy Planning Research Group at Aalborg University, has played a key role in this transformation with the research mentioned more than 10 times throughout the strategy’s support documents. Read More.
Added February 16, 2016
The 4th Heat Roadmap Europe project, which is a comprehensive study of the heating and cooling sectors in the 14 largest EU countries, has been approved by the EU’s research programme Horizon 2020. The study, which is led by researchers from the 4DH centre at Aalborg University, Denmark, will begin in February 2016 and continue for 3 years.
During this period, the researchers and their partners at 19 other European universities, companies and organisations will map the heating and cooling demand in 14 countries, along with the potential sources of surplus and renewable heating and cooling that could be used to supply these demands. They will also calculate the cost of reducing the heating and cooling demands and analyse the whole energy system (electricity, heating, cooling, industry, and transport) to find synergies that can save money, energy, and carbon dioxide emissions. Read More.
Added November 2, 2015
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695989.