About the project
Heating and cooling represents 50% of the energy demand in Europe and 80% of the energy consumption in households. The decarbonisation of heating and cooling is essential to the decarbonisation of our energy sector. It is a major challenge that needs to be addressed urgently. The Clean Energy Package introduced several measures aiming at increasing considerably the uptake of renewable heating and cooling solutions until 2030. Most Member States have yet to design strategies for the heating and cooling sector that are ambitious and effective enough in order to comply with the Renewables Directive, namely Article 23.
The purpose of REDI4HEAT is to support the implementation of the RED provisions on heating and cooling and assist Member States and local authorities in that process. It will provide a better understanding of the shortcomings in current strategies and propose to address these with a set of recommendations, which shall include Strategic Policy Priorities for Heating and Cooling, Policy Adoption Scenarios, best practices, among other.
These actions will be complemented by capacity building events in five target Members States and by the development of a Knowledge Sharing Platform and toolboxes for public authorities at national, regional and local level. This work will be carried out by representatives of national energy agencies, renewable heating and cooling trade associations, a network of local authorities and energy consultants.
Furthermore, the partner’s networks will be exploited to activate the replication potential of this initiative and reach non- participating Member states so that they can also access and adopt the outcomes of the REDI4HEAT project in their Energy Transition Strategies.
The goal of the REDI4Heat project will be achieved through more specific objectives:
- Establish a dialogue between the Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC) industry and energy agencies, DSOs, local authorities and one-stop-shops building a better & common understanding of the optimal structure of incentive schemes for RHC systems, including aspects such as the development of the comprehensive assessments, training needs, etc.
- Evaluate the national framework regarding RES heat deployment in each MS, identifying existing studies, tools, existing infrastructure and supporting actions and mapping National Energy sources and potential for the heating and cooling sector.
- Define adoption scenarios for renewable heating and cooling solutions, including the integration with Energy communities’ scenarios, addressing energy poverty mitigation, including dedicated support on the access to renewable heating and cooling solutions for energy poor.
- Assist public authorities in structuring planning, monitoring and reporting initiatives and enhancing policy and stakeholders’ engagement, and build capacity at local level.
- Propose policy measures to explore the potential of RHC in Europe until 2030, taking into account market conditions, technological potential, legislative and regulatory framework and provide recommendations for improved sustainable RHC integrated support schemes.
- Support Member States in the assessment of the potential of using energy from renewable sources and of the use of waste heat and cold in the heating and cooling sector including:
- - analysis of priority segments suitable for their deployment at low ecological and economic risk
- - analysis of the potential for large deployment of small-scale household projects
- - set out milestones and measures to increase renewables in heating and cooling and, where appropriate, the use of waste heat and cold through district heating and cooling, with a view of establishing and/or improving long-term national strategies to decarbonise heating and cooling
- Plan the Implementation of upcoming provisions in RED III