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District heating and cooling (DHC) have the potential to significantly contribute towards attaining the ambitious EU energy policy targets for 2020. According to the IEE supported Ecoheatcool study, growth of modern DHC systems in Europe will entail major contributions to better energy efficiency (reducing 2.6% of European primary energy supply), security of supply (reducing 5.5% of European primary energy supply), increased renewable energies integration and big carbon footprint reductions (9.3% of all CO2 emissions from fuel combustion). Following up on the recommendations outlined in Ecoheatcool and as part of an overall strategy to realise this important potential in the time horizon 2015-2020, ‘ECOHEAT4EU’ aims to comprehensively survey and analyse support legislation for DHC in a wide range of European countries and to present policy-makers with tools to improve the legislative environment for DHC. 14 countries are directly targeted by the project (DE,UK,FR, ES, CZ, LT, IT, IE, RO, HR, NO, DK, FIN and SW).The countries are selected to provide a representative geographical picture of Europe and to allow an effective transfer of knowledge, experiences and best practices


  • Project outcomes trigger positive policy and/or legislative initiatives in the target countries.
  • DHC stakeholders support the main project outcomes, taking these into consideration in their activities and strategies.
  • The DH Barometer is consulted by national, European and international policy-makers and DHC stakeholders alike.
  • EU policy-makers accept feedback and take it into account while elaborating future initiatives.
  • Project outcomes are communicated, both targeted and widely.

Lessons learned

  • Sharing information about support measures for DHC in different countries was of the utmost importance for the success of the project. It provided important lessons and new ideas to shape new suggestion to improve the legislative framework in each country. It enables project’s partners to consolidate a feasible strategy to promote DH and to reshape the legislative framework in a more suitable arrangement for DH, together with improved governance of the sector.
  • Elaborating a sound European energy policy for DHC requires taking into accounts all levels of energy policy making: national (regional, local) and European.
  • National stakeholders and media can be very receptive to energy efficiency issues and the solutions provided by district heating and cooling as far as well-targeted communication is set up.

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Euroheat & Power AISBL
Cours Saint Michel 30a
1040 Brussels
Contact point: 
Mr Alessandro Provaggi
+32 2 740 21 10
Ms Aksana Krasatsenka
+32 2 740 21 10


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01/06/2009 to 30/06/2011
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