Heating and cooling sector accounts for half of the EU's energy consumption, out which 75 % is still generated from fossil fuels and only 18% is produced from renewable energy sources. Around half of the EU heating and cooling equipment is old, beyond the technical lifetime, and 75% of EU buildings, which generate around 60% of heating and cooling needs, are inefficient. Improving the energy efficiency of and increasing the share of renewables in the heating and cooling sector is a priority for the EU.
The EU regions, aware of its importance, have often indicated the heating and cooling sector as a priority in their smart specialisation strategies and corresponding budget allocations.
The heating and cooling sector embraces several aspects such as energy and fuel sources; technology, economics (e.g. prices and costs), energy policy and different groups of interest. Thus, multiple opportunities to increase the use of renewable and other low-carbon energy sources and support the deployment of efficient heating and cooling solutions, such as new energy policies, various programmes or awareness raising campaigns to empower end users.
European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) play an important role in boosting the shift towards a low-carbon economy, and in promoting innovation in the field of energy.
Considering all of the above, the overarching objective of this project, under the umbrella of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy, is to support the effective uptake of the cohesion funds for those regions with particular interests in the thematic area of sustainable heating and cooling.
Regions with interest in heating and cooling:
Under this initiative, a group of up to 10 regions will participate in two workshops in which JRC will inform about:
- how regions can evaluate their economic energy efficiency potential in the heating and cooling sectors;
- examples of possible heating and cooling technology solutions relevant for your region;
- how regions can improve their regional heating and cooling strategies;
- ESCOs and Energy Performance Contract activities in district heating and cooling and energy efficiency in buildings;
- financing schemes for the modernisation of regional and local heating and cooling systems (e.g. district heating and cooling, new renewable or lox-carbon heating and cooling systems' installation in buildings and related energy efficiency measures in new and existing buildings), such as through commercial and other banks, International Financial institutions, and EU funding (ESIF & EFSI), including technical assistance tools (e.g. ELENA, JESSICA, etc.);
- policies, regulations, business models to improve energy efficiency at local level in heating and cooling in buildings.
The regions will be encouraged to work together and to share knowledge, complementing their capacities and skills and defining the basis for a long-term cooperation in the heating and cooling area.
Finally, three participating regions can take part in case studies on identifying a suitable mix of EU funding sources for one of their projects.
- Improved use of structural and research and innovation funds for those regions with particular interests in the thematic area of sustainable heating and cooling
- Improved knowledge about available cost-effective heating and cooling technology solutions
- Established long-term collaboration between regions (beyond the duration of this project)
Workshop on regional heating and cooling priorities and financing in the framework of the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P-E H&C)30 May 2018 - 01 Jun 2018
Workshop on regional heating and cooling priorities and financing in the framework of the Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P-E H&C)
EUR - Conference and Workshop report by the Joint Research Centre BOZA-KISS Benigna, CARLSSON Johan, JIMENEZ NAVARRO Juan Pablo, BERTOLDI Paolo
Best practices and informal guidance on how to implement the Comprehensive Assessment at Member State level
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