Newsletter Issue 2
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The Green Label prepares its debut!
Cities, citizens and district heating suppliers from all over Europe are teaming up, one by one, to support the recognition of sustainable District Heating systems with the development and debut of the Green Label.
As an integral part of this process, Ecoheat4cities is currently finalising a standardised calculation method for evaluating district energy systems. Following an extensive array of studies, which were carried out to develop criteria for labelling, including test labelling and comparison with other EU level labels and legislation, three criteria have now been selected. The criteria, Renewability, CO2-emissions and Primary Energy Consumption, reflect the aims of the EU 2020-targets and will thus enable citizens, municipalities, and DHC companies from all over Europe to show how District Heating can contribute to reaching the EU’s energy targets one system at a time.
Intermediate guideline to be published
The calculation method was one of the topics discussed at the most recent workshop and project meetings, held on November 28-29 and on January 25-26 respectively. The intermediate guideline, the basis for the final test labelling phase, includes all details concerning the calculation methods and other important aspects, and will be available on the website at the beginning of the 2nd quarter of 2012.
The next labelling phase begins
In the next phase of the project, the knowledge from past workshops will be used by cities and DHC companies to support the implementation of the best energy solutions, as well as to initiate the test labelling of district energy schemes.
Work on the design and technical setup of a label and a certificate has also begun. The current idea is to have a central website which gathers information on all labelled schemes. The steering committee can then supervise the development of the schemes, and labelling bodies can prepare certificates and labels which can be accessed by the companies and cities.
An opportunity for DHC companies to test performance
The second test labelling round that is now starting will provide an opportunity for DHC companies to test their ranking under the label. This will not only allow them to see how they can expect to perform in the final label, but it will also bring invaluable input to the evaluation of the labelling.
A baseline study has been completed which provides insight into how the DHC sector is currently performing with regards to the labelling criteria. It also presents the development of the sector since the 1990s. The report, which was composed by the Swedish District Heating Association, is available here.
Additionally, a final technology and system catalogue have been published, which examine the best available and not yet available technologies in order to create an understanding of where we are today, what can be achieved now and what will be possible in a few years. The reports composed by the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) are available here.
Implementing DHC in cities
To the benefit of cities and municipal planners, the Technical University in Delft (TUD) has worked on comparing different individual and system-wise heating and cooling options. The result is a tool that enables easy comparison, which will be available on the website shortly.
To support the implementation and transparency of the labelling, a guide is being prepared for city planners and politicians to better understand the labelling process. The guide will offer insight into how the label can provide added value and a green image. The guide will be available in the 2nd quarter of 2012, so keep an eye on the website.
Governance defined: become a labelling body
Although the future structure of the certification, auditing and labelling bodies is still under discussion, it is clear that it will include both a European and a national dimension. This will ensure that national differences are taken into account, while maintaining a common European identity of the label.
At the European level a governing body will be responsible for the overall development of the label and will be assisted by a secretariat and most likely a technical committee to oversee the national structures.
At the national level, a steering committee will have responsibility for the development and control of the label, while labelling bodies will be external partners certified by the steering committee. If your organisation would like to know more about the governance structure of the labelling scheme or participate either in the steering committee or become a labelling body, please contact us for further information