A new political mandate is on the horizon, and with it, the prospect of continuing our decarbonisation efforts right up to the next major milestone: 2040.
The war in Ukraine exposed Europe's critical dependence on fossil fuels and the central role of the heating and cooling sector in breaking away from them. Could the next mandate be the driving force to fast-track the EU heating and cooling transition? What will it take, and what role can district heating and cooling play in this development?
In this opening session, we will be presenting Euroheat & power's "Blueprint for smart and sustainable district heating and cooling", a set of high-level proposals and recommendations on how to harness the full potential of heating & cooling networks and exchange with high-level European and national policymakers on the way forward."
Supporting both district heating and electrification policies is sometimes depicted as a contradiction. Is it, though? Projects on the ground paint a different story, where district heating and electricity work hand in hand to achieve a more flexible and decarbonised energy system. What synergies and opportunities lie behind the deeper integration of electricity and district energy infrastructure? What are the regulatory and industry needs? In this session, association, policy and corporate leaders will share views on how to unlock this extraordinary potential.
To deploy efficient heating and cooling solutions and reduce energy poverty, it is imperative to accelerate the renovation of Europe's worst-performing buildings. District heating and cooling networks offer significant energy efficiency gains, reaching their full decarbonisation potential when combined with building renovation strategies. Despite ambitious energy efficiency targets, building renovation is stagnating in Europe: how can we close the gap and develop integrated renovation strategies harnessing the potential of district heating and cooling solutions?
"Achieving energy independence" and "breaking free from fossil fuel use" are two sides of the same coin. In May 2022, the European Commission presented its proposal to RePowerEU, to drastically reduce Europe's consumption of imported natural gas while guaranteeing an affordable and secure energy supply to all European citizens. District heating and cooling solutions have a strong value proposition to drive this effort, but how much can be achieved and what is needed to make this happen? This session will host the exclusive launch of Aalborg University's study, quantifying the sector's contribution to reducing the use of fossil fuels in Europe by 2030 and reflecting on the policy framework needed to make this happen.
It is now more important than ever to recognise the excellence and resilience of district energy systems worldwide. It's time to award energy efficiency, innovation, and best-in-class examples of sustainable district heating & cooling solutions. This is the spirit behind the 2023 edition of the Global District Energy Climate Awards, an international initiative coordinated by the IEA-DHC, UN Environment Programme, Euroheat & Power, the International District Energy Association (IDEA) and the Asian Pacific Urban Energy Association (APUEA). Join us for a memorable award ceremony, followed by a cocktail and dinner reception!
Join us to celebrate the district heating and cooling community, and pay tribute to the architects of the EU heating and cooling transition !
We will be honoured to welcome MEP Morten Helveg Petersen as special guest!
A big thanks to our Dinner Sponsor, Brugg Pipes.
See you at Bambino Café en Ville, Rue Ravenstein 64, 1000 Bruxelles
The recently adopted Energy Efficiency Directive establishes a clear path towards 100% renewables and waste heat supply and fully decarbonised DHC systems by 2050. This pathway requires, to a large extent, scaling significantly the use of renewable and waste heat sources in the district heating and cooling energy mix. This session will ask experts and policymakers to define the ingredients for achieving these goals while preserving and strengthening the sector's competitive edge regarding supply security and affordability.
District heating and cooling is a highly cost-effective solution, but project financing isn't always straightforward. The complex administrative procedures and highly decentralised nature of DHC projects can pose real problems in accessing public funding. At the same time, high upfront costs and long payback periods sometimes challenge the involvement of private investors. In this session, our experts roll up their sleeves to identify promising financing schemes and the regulatory developments needed to improve access to clean, affordable heat for all European citizens.
District heating and cooling networks already supply more than 65 million European citizens and are set to at least double in size by 2040. With great power comes great responsibility. Ensuring competitive and transparent prices as well as robust consumer protection frameworks is critical to build trust with policymakers and accelerate market adoption. What are the lessons learned from the various ownership and regulation models developed in Europe, to ensure transparency and meet consumer protection requirements? This session will shed light on the challenges and best practices for the sector, discussing the role of European and national consumer protection frameworks in the way forward.
In October 2022, President Von Der Leyen declared 2023 the European Year of Skills to raise awareness on the exponential need for qualified workers driving the European energy and climate transition. The district heating and cooling industry is no exception: from engineering to project conception and installation, more workers are needed to achieve our expansion and decarbonisation objectives. How can industry, policymakers and organisations contribute to solving the gap?