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Europe-wide H&C support facility offers local planners chance to advance sustainable energy transitions


03 May 2023


Agriculture & Food
Act!onHeat has launched a new call for applications for its Europe-wide Support Facility, which provides municipal energy planners with tailored guidance and resources to facilitate district heating and cooling (H&C) planning. Through its Facility, the Horizon 2020 funded project, led by the Fraunhofer Institute with support from ICLEI Europe, Eclareon, TU Wien, the Centre for Sustainable Energy, CREARA and e-think, will offer 120 European municipalities strategic support as well as the chance to advance affordable and sustainable energy transitions within their communities.

“Act!onHeat offers municipalities a free opportunity to gain initial experience with heating and cooling planning or to intensify ongoing work. For the current call for applications, we will focus on providing technical support and help municipalities develop, or deepen, relevant case studies,” shares Ali Aydemir, Act!onHeat’s Project Coordinator.

Since its launch last year, the Support Facility has advised municipalities from across Europe on how to begin, refine and finalise their district H&C planning. Zelzate (Belgium) received a best-practice approach, based on research conducted by the Support Facility, on how to heat the highest number of connected buildings within the municipality’s budget. Meanwhile, the State Energy Agency of Hessen (Germany) invited its municipalities to participate in a workshop organised by Support Facility experts on how to develop a local heating plan.

The Facility offers a wide range of services, including guidelines for tendering services for H&C planning, data analysis and support developing specific case studies. New applicants will be selected based on their ambition, interest and needs. The selected municipalities will also gain exclusive access to Hotmaps and THERMOS, H&C planning softwares that will help accelerate local energy transitions.

The EU currently wastes 2,860 TWh of heat per year - the equivalent of 11 billion barrels of oil and 650 billion cubic metres of natural gas. The Act!onHeat Support Facility will help municipalities capture wasted heat - which Act!onHeat Ambassador Danfoss estimates could save the EU up to €67 billion per year - and guide participants in line with the European Commission’s REPowerEU Plan and decarbonisation targets.

The call for applications is open until 31 July 2023.

Apply via EUSurvey.

About Act!onHeat

The EU-funded Act!onHeat will further disseminate and strengthen the take up of the concept and methods for strategic H&C planning, increase its quality and push the development and implementation of identified measures. Act!onHeat solutions, methods and capacity building programmes are developed with and built upon the research projects THERMOS and Hotmaps and their open source planning tools. Act!onHeat offers several ways for energy planners to engage and benefit, but most of all provides concrete support opportunities for them to realise their low-carbon H&C plans.

About ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 125 countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. ICLEI Europe provides Members in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and West Asia with a voice on European and international stages, a platform to connect with peers and tools to drive positive environmental, economic and social change. ICLEI Europe works closely with an extended network of local and regional governments and partners on a broad range of topics.
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