Making the energy transition a reality is going to be one of the key challenges in the coming years, and even more so for the heat transition which is still lagging behind. With the pathway to 2030 and 2050 set, we still have to decide on the levers and technologies to get us there. We are keen to know your opinion!
EHP welcomes the European Commission’s proposal on the Energy Performance of Building Directive recast. We are pleased to see that the proposal promotes equal treatment of waste heat and the production of on-site and nearby renewable energy supplied by a district heating and cooling system.
In cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and their Technology Collaboration Programme on District Heating and Cooling, the UN environment cities initiative and the representative organizations of the district energy sector the winners of the 7th Global District Energy Climate Awards were revealed during the virtual awards ceremony on November 11, 2021.
“Increasing generation from distributed renewables, reducing the use of fossil fuel resources, and the electrification of transport and heating all require a broad portfolio of flexibility options, posing new challenges but also creating new opportunities for the management of energy infrastructure. National and local governments, together, are well placed to implement a broad range of innovative policy, financing and technological solutions that will support inclusive, flexible and resilient net-zero energy transitions in cities.”
In 2008, the Regional Municipality of Bornholm decided to become a 100% sustainable and CO2-neutral society in 2025, in which only sustainable and renewable energy is used. In 2019, already 60% of the island's energy is produced fossil-free by using wind, sun and biomass power. The island's green vision, big share of renewable energy, citizen and community involvement and replicability of the energy solution helped in winning the 2019 RESponsible Island Prize
The Tallaght District Heating Scheme (TDHS) will begin its first phase in the Tallaght Town Centre area. The plan for the TDHS is to connect as many heat demands as possible, switching customers from current fossil fuel heat supply to low-carbon, sustainably-sourced heat supply
The city of Litoměřice developed an Energy Concept in 2009 and adopted a Municipal Energy Plan in 2014. The main goal of the municipality is to reduce energy consumption by 20 % by 2030 (baseline year 2012).
The city of Munich implements various policies to increase energy efficiency and to mitigate climate change. In 2007, the city of Munich realized the solar thermal heating project Am Ackermannbogen which includes 3078 m2 rooftop solar collectors, a seasonal storage tank & heat pump.
The Hjallerup district heating network delivers heating to 1982 consumers in the towns of Hjallerup and Klokkerholm. Originally 2 CHP units produced all heat necessary. Nowadays, also a solar system, storage tank and biomass plant contribute to the delivery of more sustainable heat to the two towns.
Municipality of Miskolc City and PannErgy Plc. decided to decrease the natural gas consumption and hazardous material emission of the city’s central heating plant with renewable energy from a geothermal source, which would ultimately ensure a cleaner and more livable city for the inhabitants of Miskolc.Pannergy Plc. with Miskolc Municipality implemented the largest Hungarian geothermal district heating project.