The objective of this project is to support the Market uptake of existing and emerging renewable electricity, heating and cooling technologies. In particular we aim to assist policy makers at the local, regional, national and EU-level in developing integrated, effective and efficient policy strategies achieving a fast and strong penetration of renewable and efficient heating and cooling systems. This will include the analysis of cross-sectoral effects between renewables and energy efficiency measures in industrial heat and cold, waste heat, heating and cooling in buildings and district heating.
Together with 6 local authorities in 6 target countries across Europe (AT, DE, CZ, DK, PT, RO) heating and cooling strategies will be developed through a profound analysis of
- (1) heating and cooling demands and future developments,
- (2) long-term potentials of renewable energies and waste heat in the regions,
- (3) barriers & drivers and
- (4) a model based assessment of policy intervention in scenarios up to 2050.
The established local energy advisory tool EnergyPRO will be used for the local studies and further developed to appropriately reflect district heating and cooling, the final versions for the investigated regions will be handed over to the authorities.
In the target countries the implementation of national heating and cooling plans will be supported, which have to be published by member states by the end of 2015. The plans will contain a policy outlook how the potentials identified by the comprehensive assessment will be achieved. progRESsHEAT will assist national policy makers in implementing the right policies with a model-based quantitative impact assessment of local, regional and national policies up to 2050.
Policy makers and other stakeholders will be strongly involved in the process, learn from the experience in other regions and gain deep understanding of the impact of policy instruments and their specific design. They are involved in the project via policy group meetings, workshops, interviews and webinars targeted to the fields of assistance in policy development, capacity building and dissemination.