Cities are at the heart of the PLANHEAT project. They play a key role in decarbonising heating and cooling, reducing our energy import bills, cutting CO2 emissions, reinforcing energy security, and lowering energy costs for households and businesses. Starting from the expertise of the city of Antwerp in Belgium and two validation cities, Velika Gorica in Croatia and Lecce in Italy, PLANHEAT targets capacity building in 50 EU cities in the project, teaching them how to use the tool and providing them with tailor-made expert advice.
"We will use the PLANHEAT tool to develop a strategic energy plan. The scope of this plan will be the energy transition that has to be completed by 2050. For each city neighbourhood the plan will present the feasible scenarios to become carbon-neutral. We expect to see that district heating will have a great share in these scenarios" explains Tom Verbelen of the City of Antwerp in an interview with Euroheat & Power / DHC+ Technology Platform, one of the partners in the project.
As of October 2017, PLANHEAT already has 21 officially committed users of the planning tool, including cities, regions and energy consultants, and more than 100 registered users on its e-learning platform. The easy-to-use tool is open-source and user friendly and cities are trained and accompanied on their way to analyse and plan their future low-carbon heating and cooling scenarios.
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Interview with City of Antwerp: How PLANHEAT Supports their Climate Goal
Interview with City of Velika Gorica: Big Plans for a Renewable and Efficient Local Energy System