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RES H/C SPREAD – Presentation of final results

25th October 2016
COV2 10/191, Covent Garden
Place Rogier 16, 1210 Brussels

The project RES H/C Spread (2014-2016)  is coming to an end. For the last two and a half years the project has been working with a number of regional authorities in the EU on the development of plans and strategies to support sustainable heating and cooling.

A two-hour exchange between the EASME and EC representatives and the project team was held in Brussels on the 25th of October from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The meeting included presentations of the main results and successful experiences from participating regions.

Agenda of the final conference – 25 October 2016


Overall introduction to the project

Final results – Castilla y Leon Region

Final results – Emilia Romagna Region

Final results – Rhodope Region

Final results – Riga Region

Final results – Salzburg Region

Final results – Western Macedonia Region

Convegno Nazionale: Riscaldamento e raffrescamento da fonti energetiche rinnovabili

Organizzatori: Regione Lazio, Progetto Europeo “RES H/C SPREAD”, Progetto Europeo “SmartReFlex”

Data: 7 ottobre 2016

Orario: 9:00-16:30

Luogo: Spazio Europa –  Via IV Novembre, 149 ROMA

Target group: Comuni della Regione Lazio, altre Amministrazioni Regionali, associazioni e professionisti del settore

Il riscaldamento ed il raffreddamento costituiscono circa la metà del consumo energetico complessivo dell’Italia rappresentando quindi una quota molto  importante dei consumi finali dell’energia, superiore a quella degli usi elettrici e del trasporto. Inoltre, benché nel nostro paese nel settore del riscaldamento e del raffreddamento sia in atto il passaggio verso l’energia pulita a basse emissioni di carbonio, il 75% dei combustibili utilizzati continua ad essere di origine fossile (di cui circa la metà è costituito da gas).

Il convegno intende fornire esempi di iniziative che alcune regioni italiane stanno intraprendendo in questo settore inquadrandole nelle più generali strategie e politiche nazionali ed europee. Per dare concretezza alle strategie politiche da mettere in atto, il convegno fornisce poi una panoramica sulle possibili modalità di finanziamento, dagli strumenti messi a disposizione dalla Ue, ai fondi strutturali della Regione Lazio, alle possibilità offerte dall’azionariato diffuso.

Maggiori informazioni e programma

Third “RES H/C SPREAD” Country Governance Committee meeting

On June 8, 2016, RES H/C project experts as well as representatives from municipalities and the Ministry of Economy met for the third Country Governance Committee meeting, where the Riga Planning Region (RPR) district heating development programme (RES H/C Plan) was presented and discussed.

Presentation by Ministry of Economy
Presentation by Ministry of Economy

I. Brieze, the RES H/C SPREAD Project partner from the Riga Planning Region opened the meeting and updated partners on RES H/C project activities. The first part of the meeting started with a presentation from A.Pētersone, the Head of Energy Efficiency of the Ministry of Economy to introduce partners to the newest developments in energy planning and the new law on energy efficiency. The role of municipalities in energy planning and energy management was discussed.

The meeting was continued with the presentation from R.Cimdiņš, Head of Development Planning division of the Riga Planning Region. The main questions discussed were how the RPR district heating plan (RES H/C Plan) developed will be integrated into the regional development planning documents and how the plan could be used by regional municipalities. A. Kamenders from Ekodoma presented and discussed questions regarding future challenges and future development of district heating in RPR municipalities. The discussion was organized around implementation of district heating development programme in the municipalities of the Riga Planning Region, which is an important condition for its completion and implementation.

Discussion of RES H/C plan
Discussion of RES H/C plan

During the CGC meeting it was decided that the Regional Plan would be submitted and edited by an energy expert from the Union of Local Governments of Latvia. In addition, the Regional Plan will be sent to development planning specialists of RPR for final comments. The Regional Res Plan will be endorsed by the Riga Planning Region Development Council (consisting of Chairpersons of the Riga region’s 30 municipalities).

The Riga Planning Region, in cooperation with Ekodoma Ltd., have implemented the EU “Intelligent Energy Europe” programme’s “RES H/C Spread” project. This is being developed within the project energy planning guidelines for the Riga Planning Region. Their purpose is to identify and use the EU-wide best practices in renewable energy for heating and cooling, as well to achieve good practices in the transposition of regional planning documents. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Intelligent Energy Europe programme. The project is being implemented from April 1, 2014 to August 30, 2016.


Energy planning and role of municipalities
A.Pētersone, Head of Energy Efficiency Division, Renewable energy resources and energy efficiency
Department of the Ministry of Economy
Read the presentation (in Latvian)

Development planning documents of Riga Planning Region – thematic action programms and energy planning solutions
R.Cimdiņš, Head of Development planning division
Riga Planning Region
Read the presentation (in Latvian)

Challenges and opportunities of a centralized heating system in municipalities. Regional heating development action programme
A.Kamenders, Executive Director
Read the presentation (in Latvian)

Final Conference on the Energy sector today and tomorrow

In order to facilitate development of sustainable district heating, and discuss potential development scenarios and needed policies, a national RES H/C conference was organized on 12 May 2016 in Riga, Latvia. More than 100 participants attended, representing the biggest energy utility companies, representatives from ministries, parliament, municipalities, energy agencies, NGOs, universities and associations.

The conference has been divided into several parts, starting with plenary sessions and presentation from Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, The European Commission Representation in Latvia, Ministry of Economics, Latvian association of local and regional government, Latvian Association of district heating companies and Ekodoma. After that participants have spited in three parallel sessions were three interlinked question have been discussed. First parallel session was dedicated to question on future of district heating systems, second parallel session was discussing energy performance contracting and third energy planning issues in municipalities. After discussions in parallel session, second plenary sessions in form of discussion was organized. In the plenary representatives from Riga Technical University, Latvian Association of Heat Enterprises, Daugavpils city Council, Salaspils municipality, ESCO company and member of the Parliament were reflecting on main conclusions from parallel sessions and discussing main challenges associated with development of sustainable district heating. Conference was finished with networking activities.

In Latvia district heating is widely used and overall district heating presents potential to utilize low quality energy sources, integrate flexible renewable resources, improve air quality, improve overall system efficiency and possibilities to use excess electricity produced from renewable. To utilize those all different possibilities district heating system should be developed and investments planned in advance.  But taking into account that residential sector is the main energy consumer and majority of the Latvian building stock needs to be renovated it is possible that energy demand for heating will drop dramatically. When heating sales are dropping development of new services like energy efficiency service are extremely important. Participants have discussed about new methods for determination of inefficient costs and motivational tools for raising energy efficiency. There is still potential for fuel switch projects and use of RES like biomass, solar or geothermal energy.

It was agreed that in longer perspective district heating companies should develop 4th generation district heating technologies and systems, increase flexibility to permit utilization surplus heat.

Climate and energy model meeting in Austria

On June 8, 2016, the project “RES H/C SPREAD” was presented on the “KEM-Vernetzungstreffen” (climate and energy model regions meeting) in Waidhofen/Thaya in the Province Lower Austria. About 70 managers of Austrian model regions participated to get information about the newest outcomes of different research fields regarding energy efficiency and renewables.

RES-HC_Austria_dissemination_event_photo1At the beginning the two topics with the highest grade of novelty or relevance of all 19 topics were highlighted by separate presentations. One of these two was “RES H/C SPREAD” focusing on the usage of waste water energy within a 15-minute presentation and two-hour workshop session.

The presentation consisted of the main topics:

  • Lorenz Strimitzer (AEA): general intruduction, goal and scope of the project; waste water energy as an interesting option for regional planners
  • Franz Zach (AEA): the different aspects of waste water energy:
    • theoretical aspects using heat from waste water via heat exchanger and heat pump
      • in the sewage
      • after the sewage plant
    • realized examples in Austria
    • energy efficiency in the sewage plant
    • opportunities of financing projects
  • Gernot Stöglehner (BOKU, project “Abwasserenergie”): spatial planning aspects to enhance the usability of energy resources in the sewage plant externally
    • different spatial situation of sewage plants
    • potential of Austrian sewage plants for the Austrian energy system

After this presentation there was a two-hour poster session. Nineteen topics were addressed and the 70 KEM managers could walk from station to station to talk with the experts and to discuss about possible projects in the region.

Our RES H/C-SPREAD “waste water energy team” consisted of Franz Zach and Lorenz Strimitzer.

  • BOKU: Prof. Gernot Stöglehner
  • Ochsner Wärmepumpen (heat pump company): Gottfried Adelberger

On six posters (together with the project “Abwasserenergie”) the main aspects of waste water energy use and renewable energies in general were addressed.

RES-HC_Austria_dissemination_event_photo2In this session a lot of “KEM” managers who were highly interested in this topic discussed with the project team, partially about waste water energy in general due to the fact that it is a quite unknown field in Austria, unlike in other states such as Switzerland or Germany, and in various cases also about concrete project ideas in their region. A large number of new contacts were made and cooperation in the realization of new waste water energy between the project team and Austrian regions is highly likely  to take place.

The organization board acknowledged this topic as a very relevant one regarding the energy system of the future. Further cooperation is planned in the near future.

Percorso partecipativo. I Focus Group del progetto RES HC SPREAD

Nel seguito viene sinteticamente descritto il percorso partecipativo che ha condotto alla predisposizione di una agenda condivisa di azioni strategiche per la diffusione delle fonti rinnovabili e l’aumento dell’efficienza energetica nel settore termico del riscaldamento e raffrescamento. L’agenda è il frutto di un intenso lavoro di co-progettazione che ha coinvolto un centinaio di esperti ed ha visto la partecipazione continuativa di circa 40 stakeholders regionali e nazionali. Il progetto è inserito nel percorso partecipativo di formazione del nuovo piano energetico regionale e del relativo piano triennale di attuazione, che verrà approvato entro il 2016 dal consiglio regionale.

Modalità di lavoro

Consapevoli che solo una scelta partecipativa avrebbe portato ad una reale condivisione dell’agenda, il percorso di co-progettazione si è svolto in tre fasi principali, corrispondenti ai tre focus group regionali, svolti con modalità informali tipiche della “design thinking methodology” che hanno portato ad una reale impegno dei partecipanti.

Il primo workshop (1 Dicembre 2014) è stato finalizzato alla cosiddetta visioning: ai partecipanti è stato chiesto di proiettarsi in una realtà futura in cui lo sviluppo delle fonti rinnovabili per il riscaldamento ed il raffrescamento fosse pienamente realizzato. Il lavoro è stato poi completato da una rielaborazione dei risultati che ha portato alla definizione di obiettivi generali e specifici per quattro categorie: efficienza energetica nei settori civile e terziario, efficienza nel settore industriale, produzione di energia da fonti rinnovabili, ricerca e sviluppo.

Nel secondo workshop (3 Giugno 2015) sono state sviluppate azioni e misure per ricostruire il percorso che avrebbe portato al raggiungimento degli obiettivi immaginati nel lavoro di visioning.

Nel terzo workshop (12 Novembre 2015) si è entrati nel vivo della discussione sulle principali tecnologie che utilizzano fonti rinnovabili termiche, concentrandosi in particolare su strumenti di conoscenza, regole e strumenti finanziari utili per un loro pieno ingresso sul mercato regionale.  Per ogni misura sono stati esplicitati responsabilità di attuazione, strumenti, indicatori, tempi di attuazione e target.

il lavoro di rielaborazione dei risultati del terzo workshop ha portato alla predisposizione di una agenda comprensiva di 52 azioni suddivise in misure di governance/policy, misure di soft policy, misure relative agli aspetti normativi e finanziari, e misure relative alle filiere tecnologiche.

Il workshop, tenutosi presso la sede della Regione Emilia-Romagna l’11 marzo scorso, nell’ambito della serie di eventi utili alla predisposizione del nuovo piano energetico regionale e del relativo Piano triennale di attuazione, ha presentato ad un pubblico più ampio i risultati di questo lavoro attraverso brevi presentazioni di relatori qualificati e stimolando una discussione interattiva supportata da facilitatori.

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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.

Second CGC workshop in Austria

The workshop was held on October 6, 2015 at the Salzburger Institut für Raumordnung (SIR), Salzburg with the participation of 8 policy makers and stakeholders representing local municipality associations and the heat supplier utilities.

The objectives of the meeting were:

  • Reporting on RES H/C SPREAD plans, maps, cost-benefit-analyses;
  • Discussion of the results regarding excess-heat potentials and costs and benefits for the region;
  • Discussion of the integration of results into regional planning processes; agreement on the way forward.

In this framework, the development of a methodology for mapping the excess-heat supply was thoroughly discussed as this resource has a considerable potential in the region. Also the methodology for the cost benefit analysis and the corresponding application scenarios was discussed, and it was agreed that this analysis would be coordinated in accordance with regional needs.

Completion of the regional plan

The development of the regional plan for heating and cooling from RES in the region of Western Macedonia was completed with the beneficial contribution from the members of the Country Governance Committee. Specifically, six policy measures have been integrated in the regional plan aiming at increasing the current penetration of RES heating and cooling in the residential and tertiary sector from 21% in 2012 to 34% in 2030.