Third CGC workshop in Austria

The workshop was held March 10, 2016 at the Salzburger Institut für Raumordnung (SIR), Salzburg with the participation of 9 policy makers and stakeholders representing local municipality associations and the heat supplier utilities.

The objectives of the meeting were:

  • Reporting on the deliverable 6.2 (RES H/C PLAN);
  • Discussion of results (cost-benefit-analysis, scenarios);
  • Discussion of excess-heat potentials in the region (e.g. energy production from waste water, industrial excess heat potentials, cooling of server rooms etc.);
  • Next steps, memorandum of understanding (MoU).

AEA presented the advancement of its RES H/C Plan and circulated a handout among the participants of this meeting. The structure and contents of the plan have been thus discussed and agreed on. In particular, it was agreed that the RES H/C PLAN represents a valuable contribution to already existing regional plans (not limited to heating and cooling), bringing them additional areas of activity and related measures.

In addition, AEA presented in-depth cost-benefit analyses and scenarios in order to further analyze the situation until the year 2050. Based on this and on a thorough evaluation of the potential in the region, new possibilities to reach the targets have been identified and already discussed with the CGC (industrial excess heat, energy production from waste water, cooling and excess heat from server rooms etc.).

It is worth adding that the CGC members were generally very interested in the mapping of supply potential, as provided by the RES H/C plan. The information obtained in the project is a valuable contribution to already existing maps in the region produced by the company “iSPACE”. These local maps have been produced outside the project RES H/C SPREAD on behalf of the federal province of Salzburg. The results of RES H/C SPREAD will be integrated into the existing “iSPACE”-maps because they add important information, especially with regard to the Salzburg Lake District.

Finally, AEA promised to circulate the final RES H/C plan by the end of April, before the 4th CGC meeting, to be held by June 2016. The CGC members will thus have enough time to carefully read the draft and to give their feedback and recommendations. The plan will then be approved in the last CGC meeting, including the signing of the memorandum of understanding.