District heating (DH) systems are key systems for the de-carbonization of heating energy in European Cities. In order to allow for this transition, while guaranteeing competitive energy costs, conversion of DHs is required.
DH operation temperature needs to be reduced in order to increase the performance of renewable systems and operation criteria needs to be adopted for the introduction of weather-dependent, distributed heat sources such as solar systems.
Post date: 24 Jul 2018
The European Heat Pump Association is pleased to invite you to Decarb Cities Forum, which this year will be held in Vienna, on May 16th, 2018, at the prestigious MuseumsQuartier.
An increasing share of humans live in cities; more than 51% of energy is used for heating and cooling in Europe. This trend requires no-pollution solutions towards zero emissions to maintain local air quality, reduce the effect of heat islands and enable cities to fight against climate change.
Post date: 30 Apr 2018
EU Green Week 2018 will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work. Showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, nature and biodiversity, waste and water management, it will promote participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future.
Post date: 21 Mar 2018
The Horizon 2020 Energy Info Days will present the new funding opportunities offered by the Work Programme 2018-2020.
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Post date: 20 Sep 2017
The 5th edition of the International DHC + Summer School is organised in collaboration with EnergyVille, an association of the Flemish research institutes KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. Inaugurated in 2016, EnergyVille is an innovative project that has the objective of becoming one of the top five European institutes in innovative energy research. EnergyVille strives to be a driver in the Thor science park in Genk and a European reference in the area of research and business development.
Post date: 9 Aug 2017
URBAN GreenUP is a project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Under the coordination of CARTIF Technology Centre, 25 partners from 9 countries are working together to develop a new strategy for re-naturing cities through Nature-Based Solutions. Activities will take place in the three demonstrator cities of Valladolid (Spain), Liverpool (UK) and Izmir (Turkey) and will be replicated across Europe, Latin America and Asia. The project was officially launched in Valladolid on 7th June.
Post date: 8 Jun 2017
By Frankie Downy, Manager of C40’s Private Building Efficiency Network
When stepping off a train or plane to visit a city for the first time, you wonder: will it live up to expectations, will it look like it does in the movies? Then the towering skyline of New York City, Hong Kong or Tokyo hits you and it takes your breath away. As a tourist it’s exciting; however, viewed through the lens of a policy maker with the task of making those buildings energy efficient, it’s a daunting prospect.
Post date: 21 Feb 2017
Seven Innovative City Programmes for Existing Building Energy Efficiency
Post date: 20 Feb 2017
Numerous German and Polish municipalities are taking pioneering action for the climate and, thus also, for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. More than 800 Polish municipalities have applied for funding for the development of low-carbon growth plans. The German Environment Ministry (BMUB) is involved in expanding advisory assistance services for these municipalities. At the moment, the BMUB is supporting two projects that facilitate German-Polish exchange at local and regional level through the establishment of climate action city partnerships, among other initiatives.
Post date: 23 Jan 2017
On 21 January 2017, the town of Essen in Germany officially becomes the European Green Capital for 2017. In the official European Green Capital Handover Ceremony, Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will hand over the title for 2017 from Ljubljana to Essen.
Post date: 20 Jan 2017