The SHIFFT project is co-funded by the European Union. Project Number: 2S06-009.
SHIFFT received co-finance from the Province of South-Holland under reference PZH-2019-683226948 DOS-2019-0000596, and from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy under reference INTER2ZO15.
SUSTAINABLE HEATING STRATEGIES & GUIDANCE FOR THE HEATING TRANSITION
Across the EU energy demand for heating is largely met through fossil fuels and accounts for around one third of the EUs carbon emissions. This needs to change and SHIFFT is working to address this urgent and complex dimension of the zero-carbon transition.
SHIFFT is an INTERREG 2 Seas project that is stimulating the adoption of low-carbon heating in existing residential and community buildings. There is enormous potential to reduce CO2 emissions through the adoption of low carbon heating, but a lack of awareness and knowledge on the technical options available and the benefits of sustainable heating; as well as the upfront investment costs of measures, can mean progress is slow. SHIFFT is helping to address this by installing measures in a number of pilot areas to demonstrate sustainable heating; working with citizens to raise awareness, remove barriers, develop incentives and co-create solutions for a transition to sustainable heating; developing city-based strategies in the 4 seas countries; and developing best practice to share.
Sustainable Heating: Implementation of Fossil-Free Technology
The transition to sustainable heating for homes and community buildings is an immense, complex operation. It calls for thorough long-term planning and preparation by local authorities, builders, home-owners, etc. It requires robust, practice-tested tools and approaches for cities to mobilise, inform and facilitate local communities to make this change. This WP delivers two essential, complementary building blocks for cities to make this possible. We will:
- Develop sustainable heating strategies for our partner cities. These identify scope, opportunities, actors, technology, resources and barriers and lay out a roadmap for the move to sustainable heating at city & district level.
- Generate comprehensive Guidance for local authorities and community groups on how to facilitate and accelerate the transition to sustainable heating of homes and community buildings. The guidance presents policy options, solutions and practical tools to tackle key barriers blocking his transition.
As result of this WP at least 200 additional cities, community groups are informed about SHIFFT Guidance. At least 15 additional local authorities and communities use this to develop local sustainable heating actions or plans.
This WP concentrates on working with local communities in a co-creation process to increase bottom-up demand for sustainable heating. In co-creation pilots in our partner territories we engage with different communities to:
- learn what motivates members of these communities to adopt sustainable heating – are they driven by ‘green’ or monetary arguments or rather co-benefits like thermal comfort, a healthy environment or sense of community?
- know and solve actual and perceived barriers – e.g. information, established habits, perceived complexity, financial needs?
- identify and co-create the facilities and incentives these communities need to make the switch, like organising local heating cooperatives, group purchases, financial schemes, etc;
- trigger investments by local communities in sustainable heating solutions.
End date: 30/09/2022