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District Heating and District Cooling. By combining the use of renewable and surplus energy, District Heating and District Cooling systems offer a sustainable, proven and convenient solution to today’s energy and environmental dilemmas. The Ecoheat4Cities Project promotes the benefits of DHC, establishing a green energy labeling scheme for cities to demonstrate their sustainable choices as well as encouraging best practice within the DHC industry.
The aim of the Ecoheat 4 Cities project is to support the implementation of the new Renewable Energy Sources Directive (RES Directive). The directive promotes the use of renewable energy sources,( including biomass, hydro, wind and solar power )while also reducing (primary) energy consumption. In particular, it focuses on the need to expand and strengthen existing infrastructures that make the integration of renewable energies possible, and to remove non-technological barriers to their implementation.
ECOHEAT4CITIES addresses the non-technological barriers through promoting municipal and public acceptance of district heating and cooling systems by establishing a voluntary green energy (heating and cooling) labeling scheme. The scheme aims to encourage local politicians, citizens and potential investors to make renewable energy and energy efficiency based choices, by providing them with the information they need. Labels are crucial drivers for market transformation, orienting consumers’ choices towards more energy efficient appliances and thus realizing the potential of available technologies. The project will last 30 months.
District Heating is an energy efficient, environmentally friendly and cost-effective method of warming homes, businesses, hospitals and schools. The heat is generated in a centralized location and is then distributed to residential homes and commercial buildings. District cooling is based on the same principle as district heating, but instead it supplies cool, fresh temperatures. District Heating & District Cooling (DHC) offer the means to achieve European policies for 2020 and 2050, including:
- Introducing more renewable energy sources (any energy source can be used in a district heating system, so today’s clean energy sources biomass, solar energy and waste are becoming increasingly popular)
- Using energy more efficiently (by utilizing heat that would otherwise be wasted)
- Reducing Carbon dioxide emissions
- Reducing our dependency on imported energy sources
The project website is now online: www.ecoheat4cities.org
Are you concerned about the environment? Do you do your best to conserve the planet’s natural resources? Are you interested in availing of renewable energy sources? Have you considered the benefits of District Heating and Cooling systems? District Heating and District Cooling are sustainable ways of heating/cooling your home or business. The combination of using renewable and surplus energy as well as efficient technologies, means that DHC systems offer a sustainable and proven solution to our energy dilemmas.
Customers benefit because they have the information they need to make the most environmentally efficient energy choices.
What can you do? Is your home or business part of one of these schemes? Learn how the advantages of District Heating and Cooling can benefit not just your home, but the environment, in terms of energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. Not only that, but because DHC is a reliable and cost effective way of heating and cooling, you can be sure you are making a good choice for your wallet, too. Get involved in improving the way energy is used in your local area- find out if your local district heating company is applying for the Green-labeling scheme. For more information contact:
Local authorities and urban planners play a key role in making sustainable environmental choices for citizens. By getting involved in this Green labeling scheme a city or municipality can demonstrate the merits of its District heating/cooling system, informing citizens of the superior energy and related environmental nature of their cities heating and cooling infrastructure. By getting involved your city or municipality will receive the tools to allow it to upgrade the environmental energy planning and performance assessment in cities. The project provides you with the communication tools to promote your contributions to energy and environmental poli-
DHC companies benefit from the green labeling schemes’ positive marketing, proving the important role they play in saving our energy resources.
cy priorities. As the project progresses, cities will also receive guidance on how the label criteria can be applied for cost-effective climate strategies, green procurement and more. So what are you waiting for? To find out how to get involved, contact :
Are you a District Heating/Cooling company interested the benefits of taking part in the project? For utilities and DHC companies, taking part
in this project offers two advantages. The project can assist you by providing a road map to help improve your District Heating/Cooling schemes energy and environmental performance. Academics and researchers are formulating best practice solutions to assist and encourage improvements in the sector. Furthermore, the labeling scheme will allow your company to market itself as a sustainable option for customers of heating and cooling. The scheme will promote understanding of sustainable district heating and cooling among existing and future customers. The project will raise awareness and endorsement with customers of the benefits of DHC. Demonstrate how your local scheme is improving and benefiting its citizens. Get involved! For More information contact:
The environment benefits, because choosing more DHC means more renewable energy sources, increased energy efficiency and a sustainable resolution to our energy and environmental dilemmas.
Euroheat & Power is the international association representing the district heating and cooling(DHC) sector in Europe and beyond, covering all aspects related to District Heating and District Cooling and related energy sources and technologies including combined heat and power (CHP). EHP is Project Coordinator, and leader for work package 6, and will also provide input to other activities. Work Package 6 accompanies all other WPs and ensures on-going and effective communication of the intermediate and final outcomes obtained during the project to the specified target groups and to relevant wider
Delft University of Technology is one of the world’s best 15 universities of technology and leads the way in research into technological innovations. The Department of Building Technology, part of the Faculty of Architecture, will take part in the project, and has three main areas: research, development and design. It’s research has strong design elements, but ranges from fundamental technical research, to application directed design, while technology development remains central to its mandate. Delft University of Technology will be leader of Work Package 5 and will provide input to work packages 2 and
4. The main aim of work package 5 is to provide guidance to cities on smart heating and cooling by explaining the relevance and applicability of the established Green-labelling methodology for wider variety of purposes, including comparison between other heating and cooling options.
The Danish Technological Institute is a self-owned and non-profit institution. It develops, applies and disseminates research- and technologically-based knowledge for both the Danish and International business sectors. It participates in development projects which are of use to society in close collaboration with leading research and educational institutions both in Denmark and abroad. The institute will provide expert input into WPs 2 and 4 and will establish
the labelling scheme in Denmark. www.dti.dk
AGFW is the independent German energy association for District Heating, Cooling and CHP. AGFW, the German Heat and Power Association has approximately 400 district heating utilities, industrial companies, manufacturers and research institutes as members. AGFW represents the interests of 92 % of the total connected district heating load in Germany. AGFW is leader of WP3 and will give expert input into WPs 2,3 and 5 as well as establishing the labeling scheme
in Germany. www.agfw.de
The Swedish District Heating Association is the national association in Sweden for district heating, district cooling and combined heat and power. It consists of 135 member companies, all of which distribute or produce DHC. Swedish DHC is a mature technology, but on the other hand the market conditions and customer perspectives are now very much in focus from both competitors as well as the legislating bodies. The SDHA’s role in the project is to lead work package 2, which mainly consists of setting the baseline and the main frames for an environmental performance system, through choosing
the labeling criteria. www.svenskfjarrvarme.se
BRE is an independent and impartial, research-based consultancy, testing and training organization, offering expertise in every aspect of the built environment and associated industries. They help clients create better, safer and more sustainable products, buildings, communities and businesses - and BRE supports the innovation needed to achieve this. BRE is the leader of WP4, which targets DHC companies, giving them the information they need to improve the energy and environmental performance of their systems. They will also establish the labeling
scheme in the UK. www.bre.co.uk
The Lithuanian Energy Institute was established in 1956 (as the Institute of Physical Technical Problems of Energy). Today it is the largest energy research institution in Lithuania with the staff over 300 persons. Their research involves anyalazing and modelleing developments and indicators in the energy and heat sectors. Experts from the Laboratory of Regional Energy Development of LEI participate in the activities of this project, providing expert input into Work Packages 2, 3, 4 & 5, and establishing the label
ing scheme in Lithuania. www.lei.lt
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