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25/10/2012 | News, Newsletter October 2012
Ecoheat4cities presented its results at the Next DHC generation conference

Ecoheat4cities, an IEE co-funded project, presented its results at the conference organized by DHC+ on 9-10 October 2012 in Brussels. Visibility for District heating and cooling customers, transparent information to city planners and municipalities and promotion of DHC systems are in the focus.

In the context of the European 20:20:20 legislation on improving energy efficiency, decreasing CO2 emissions and increasing the share of renewable energies, the Ecoheat4cities project has been focusing on creating a visible tool enabling comparison and promoting DHC as a viable, intelligent and preferred technology to meet the above mentioned European climate targets. The visibility of DHC is translated into a label, which is assessing the following three criteria: Primary Energy factor, CO2 emissions and Renewability.

The Ecoheat4cities main target groups are cities/municipalities and companies/utilities. With the Energy efficiency directive of the European Commission, the target of 20% reduction of energy consumption will be brought into the spotlight of the EU member countries. This approach aims at pushing all the EU member states to deliver on more ambitious national energy efficiency measures. This situation should lead to a better penetration of renewable energy, in particular with the penetration of low energy buildings.

On a municipal level, cities will need to concentrate their planning on ‘smart cities’ approach, thus combining city and energy planning in one sustainable strategic context. Considering that elected municipal actors are not necessarily energy experts, the Ecoheat4cities label can provide useful information about current and future heating systems, in particular DHC systems. The label with its underlying calculations can thus contribute to “well informed” decision-making for ‘the best’ of the citizen. Companies or utilities can make use of the label and show that they are good, better and best in class. Since refurbishments of an existing DHC system will have an impact on the three above mentioned parameters, those improvements can directly be shown and used for marketing and information purpose. Typically, the benefit of installing solar district heating can easily be shown through the label. In fact, installation of solar district heating will have a direct positive impact on the reduction of CO2 emissions compared to other technologies or fuel, it increases the resource efficiency of the system and it increases the use of renewable energy in the local heat mix. Besides the label can be used for future DHC systems, thus based on design data and thereby give an outlook about a planned district’s green heating or cooling reality.

Part of the project output is an online tool for comparing different heating options. Please check www.ecoheat4cities.eu for further information and reports. The label itself is free for test-labeling during the project period running till 24 Dec 2012. Companies and cities are welcome to contact us and get their Heating and/or Cooling systems labeled. Solar DHC technology should be among the 'front-runner' to get test-labeled to demonstrate their best in class results.

The conference organized by DHC+ had been supported by Scientific Fund of Visit Brussels VisitBrussels, Brugg Pipesystems and IEA DHC/CHP Implementation Agreement.

Source: Euroheat & Power

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