The project has the following specific objectives:
- Support the implementation of the RES (Renewable Energy Sources) Directive in the context of DHC, by achieving greater municipal and public acceptance of DHC systems;
- Promote understanding and acceptance of sustainable district heating and cooling among the EU’s citizens and their local representatives and authorities.
- Improve and establish more DHC. Monitor and encourage RES (Renewable Energy Sources) and EE (energy efficiency) developments in the DHC sector;
- Trigger locally integrated and increasingly cost-effective solutions for buildings, energy efficiency renewables and infrastructures by facilitating sustainable urban planning and ecodistricts (as opposed to individual ecobuildings).through guidance documents, training and workshops;
Long term objectives of the project:
- The expansion of DHC towards increasingly sustainable and future proof systems as a result of comprehensive guidance on the most effective solutions regarding RES selection, RES integration and energy efficiency;
- Achievement of the DHC potential identified in the "Ecoheatcool" study regarding:
- --> Contribution of DHC to the EU’s 2020 targets, including achievement of a 25% renewable share (as compared to 14% today) in DH and investment in new RES-based DHC systems
- --> Contribution of DHC to reducing the EU’s import dependency
- Complete de-carbonization of the heating and cooling sector at the latest by 2050
- Once the labelling scheme is running and mature, the industry could reach a voluntary agreement whereby the whole sector increases its energy and related environmental performance, for example by increasing the average level of performance (e.g. a labelling from A to G, where the industry goes from D to C).