ECOHEATCOOL: European Heating and Cooling Market Study
January 2005 to December 2006.
EU27, Croatia, Turkey, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland.
Description / Objectives:
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:
- European Heat Market and European Cold Market
- Guidelines for Assessing the Efficiency of District Heating and Cooling Systems
- Possibilities for more District Heating in Europe and Possibilities for more District Cooling in Europe
- Project Recommendations
- 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).