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Reaching the Kyoto targets by means of a wide introduction of ground coupled heat pumps (GCHP) in the built environment (GROUND-REACH)

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The GROUND-REACH project supported ground coupled heat pumps to penetrate the heating and cooling market of Europe. During the three year period 2006-2008 it: (a) identified present status and future potential of ground-coupled heat pumps towards reducing CO2 emissions and primary energy demand, (b) analysed their contribution towards the European Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings, (c) compiled and evaluated best practice information from all over EU, (d) defined measures to overcome barriers and set up a strategic promotion plan for long term market penetration, and (e) launched a large scale promotional campaign addressing the awareness and attitudes of key professional groups through a variety of effective promotion tools (such as the International conference and exhibition, the GROUND-REACH website, 18 national or regional meetings, GROUND-REACH posters and brochures, publications to the public, technical and commercial press, emails, the quarterly newsletter and the European geothermal heat pumps Committee).

Results

  • Better EU and national policy in relation to short and long-term market penetration of ground coupled heat pumps through market analysis, best practice provision, guidelines for local/regional authorities and key professional groups, conferences, meetings, website, posters, brochures and other promotional tools.
  • Better understanding of the merits and benefits of ground coupled heat pumps and their relevance towards European Kyoto targets and the European Directive for the Energy Performance of Buildings.
  • Increased awareness and improved knowledge and perception of ground coupled heat pumps technology among key European professional groups.
  • Identification of barriers and strategic dissemination plan for long term market penetration of the technology.
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Lessons learned

  • GROUND-REACH project effectively communicated the merits and benefits of the technology (reduction of primary energy demand and greenhouse gases, improving local environment, adding value to the building due to low operational costs, high quality comfort, etc.) to key organisations, professional groups and end energy users, contributing that way to the acceleration of GCHPs market growth, observed since the beginning of the project.
  • The GROUND-REACH meetings/workshops of Watford(UK), Vienna(Austria), Orleans(France), Brussels(Belgium), Milan(Italy), Sofia(Bulgaria), Setubal(Portugal), Gleisdorf(Austria), Warsaw(Poland), Athens(Greece), Oradea(Romania), Madrid(Spain), Tallinn(Estonia), Aarhus and Copenhagen(Denmark), Florence(Italy), Karlsruhe(Germany), Stockholm(Sweden) presented a good range of current experiences across Europe and communicated the merits and benefits of ground coupled heat pumps to key professionals.
  • The results from the project have continuously been used in the communication with the Commission, MEPs as well as governments and ministries in the Member States. Examples and calculations from the project have been presented at several European conferences and events during the time for the project. Last updated: 28.06.2010
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Centre for Renewable Energy Sources
Greece
Contact point: 
Name: 
Dimitrios Mendrinos
Tel: 
0030 2106603205
Name: 
tba
Name: 
Dr. Charalampos Malamatenios
E-mail: 
Tel: 
+30-210 6603340
Name: 
Myrsini Christou
Tel: 
0030 210 6603300
Name: 
Elpida Polychroni
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0030 210 66 03 260 (direct),0030 210 66
Name: 
Vassiliki Papadopoulou
Tel: 
+30/210/660 33 10
Name: 
Vassiliki Papadopoulou
Tel: 
0030 210 6603310
Name: 
GEORGIOS Giannakidis
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0030 2106603324
Name: 
Vassiliki Drosou
Tel: 
0030 210 6603381
Name: 
Emmanuel Zoulias
Tel: 
0030-210 6603327

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Duration:
01/01/2006 to 31/12/2008
Contract number: 
EISAS/EIE/05/105/2005

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