ECOHEATCOOL was a unique project, the first of its kind, which utilised a demand-side approach to provide a comprehensive picture of the district heating and cooling markets in Europe. The ECOHEATCOOL project had four key objectives:
Describe and analyse the European heating and cooling markets and demand.
Provide a tool for policy makers to assess district heating and cooling systems.
Evaluate the possibilities for more district heating and cooling within Europe.
Provide policy priorities concerning district heating and cooling within Europe.
The ECOHEATCOOL project became a reference for the district heating and cooling sector; it enabled the development of a vision and quantification of the benefits that the district heating and cooling sector can bring to achieving the EU environmental policy objectives.
Results / Final Reports:
ECOHEATCOOL acted as a pioneering international project and demonstrated that heat dominates the energy end-use, with Europe wasting more heat in transforming energy than it consumes. Furthermore, ECOHEATCOOL enabled a quality-check of data of the international statistics for this sector, providing an aggregate view of this market. The ECOHEATCOOL project produced a series of detailed reports based upon the key objectives:
End-use demand: heating and cooling markets need to be address by legislation.
Urban areas: heating and cooling policies should prioritise action in urban areas.
Local conditions: heating and cooling markets must be considered as local issues.
Statistics: EU and national governments need to improve monitoring of markets.
Resources: Primary resource efficiency must influence legislation and investment.
Policy: DHC must be promoted through adequate policy and also legal frameworks.
Expansion: Policy must prioritise DHC in all markets as a way to optimise energy use.
Improvement: High level of DH in new Member States (EU-12) provides strong basis.
Allocation: Benefits and costs related to RES/CHP should be properly allocated.
Research: Research should reduce cost of DHC and EU should enable dissemination.
Euroheat & Power (BE); Chalmers University of Technology (SE); Capital Cooling Europe (SE); Danish District Heating Association (DK); Finnish Energy Industries (FI); AGFW (DE), Italian District Heating Association (IT); Austrian Association of Gas and District Heat Supply Companies (AT); Swedish District Heating Association (SE); European Renewable Energy Council (BE); Norwegian District Heating Association (NO); Confederation of European Waste to Energy Plants (BE); French District Heating and Cooling Association (FR); Czech District Heating Association (CZ).