The Ecoheat4cities project has been developing a visual label, which provides a tool for better understanding the heating or cooling performances of existing (and planned) district heating and cooling systems to key stakeholders, including policy makers, municipalities, urban planners, and citizens.
For companies the label provides a valuable tool to market the performance of their district systems and to demonstrate their contribution to climate friendlier cities and urban districts. Below please find links to all documents, tools and brochures created during the project period.
Technical report on labeling criteria for DHC
The purpose of this technical report on labelling criteria for DHC was to define a first set of criteria and a method of calculation for evaluating the energy and environmental performance of District Heating. The proposed methodology should encourage the use of District Heating of high environmental performance, such as DH systems that use renewable and resource efficient energy sources, in the long run contributing to the goals of the Renewable Energy Directive. With the voluntary labelling system in place it should be possible for customers to compare the environmental advantages of using heat from a given District Heating network with alternative heating options such as heat pumps and boilers, among others. On the basis of the technical report, a first round of DH test-labelling calculations were performed. Those test-labelling experiences provided the basis for further verifications, which in the end led to the current ‘Guidelines for test-labelling’ which are now under finalisation and will be published on this page during April 2012.
In the process, an assessment of the baseline performance and improvement potential of the DHC sector has been conducted by the Swedish District Heating Organisation. This report analyses the European district heating systems based on the three labelling criteria (primary energy, CO2 emissions, and share of renewable and recycled energy). This report is based on the report "Ecoheat4Cities WP2 Green Labelling Criteria", where a method for weighing the three criteria together to end up with a final classification label is proposed. The baseline study (assessment of DHC baseline and improvement potential) has been calculated with the initially decided label parameters used for the first phase of test labelling. Final label criteria may deviate and will be published separately at a later stage.
Best available technology/Best not yet available technology:
An assessment of the improvement potential of DHC, which benchmarks district heating systems, can be downloaded here
. Prepared by DTI, this document presents current Best available and Best not yet available technologies.
Rules of labelling governance
The application of the labelling scheme will be overseen by a European Steering Committee under the roof of Euroheat & Power as well as National Labelling Boards. A list of all labels granted under the scheme will be kept in a dedicated website. Please download the rules of labelling governance here.
The guidelines for pilot-labelling
The guidelines for the final test-labelling phase of district heating and cooling systems can be downloaded just below. Be a front-runner in the District energy society and join our test-labeling, which is running till year-end. As of next year, the label will be promoted and leveraged in the different European countries.
For any comments and information on the test-labeling process, please contact us.
User guide and excel tool for calculating fuel inputs and outputs
Download the labelling calculation tool user guide here
Comparison of different heating and cooling options
This report covers the development of a method for the comparison of different district heating and individual heating and cooling options and provides detailed comparison on the aspects of:
- Label criteria (Primary energy factor, CO2 emissions and renewability)
- Costs (investments and exploitation)
- Other criteria (among others; air quality, pollution control, safety, security of supply, opportunities for cities and end consumers)
Please download the report here.
User guide and excel design tool for comparison of different heating and cooling options
Guidance to DHC companies on the benefits of labeling
This document provides district heating and cooling (DHC) companies with guidance on the benefits of labeling and the key parameters for achieving high performance on the labeling criteria. It promotes the label by making information available on the potential advantages to DHC companies and how labeling can be used to successfully meet their customer needs.
Guidance to DHC companies - English
Guidance to DHC companies - Lithuanian
Green comfort for sustainable cities
Isn’t it time to talk about green heat for your community ? We have a solution for you !
"Smart cities” planning requires a strong combination between city and energy planning in one sustainable strategic context. The Ecoheat4cities label can provide useful information about current and future heating systems and ranks DHC systems in a coherent and transparent manner, thus showing the evident contribution of this technology when speaking about climate efficient planning and green city comfort.
A brochure for cities, citizens and urban planners can be downloaded just below.
Please find the full detailed report here
The Ecoheat4cities final project conference
to view the project overview presentation slides
Click here to view the 'Delivering Green Heat?, Get Credit For It' post card - English version
Click here to view the 'Delivering Green Heat?, Get Credit For It' post card - Swedish version
Click here to view the 'Delivering Green Heat?, Get Credit For It' post card - Nederlands version
Click here to view the 'Delivering Green Heat?, Get Credit For It' post card - German Version
Click here to view the 'Delivering Green Heat?, Get Credit For It' post card - Italian Version
Click here to view the 'Isn't it time to talk about Green Heat for your community?' post card - English version
Click here to view the 'Isn't it time to talk about Green Heat for your community?' post card - Swedish version
Click here to view the 'Isn't it time to talk about Green Heat for your community?' post card - German version
Click here to view the 'Isn't it time to talk about Green Heat for your community?' post card - Italian version
EU policy Recommendations
to view policy paper
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