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progRESsHEAT Report Summary

Project ID: 646573

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - progRESsHEAT (Supporting the progress of renewable energies for heating and cooling in the EU on a local level)

Reporting period: 2015-03-01 to 2016-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The progRESsHEAT project aims at assisting local, regional, national and EU political leaders in developing policy packages and strategies to ensure a strong and fast deployment of renewable and efficient heating and cooling systems.
The project’s aim is in line with the objectives of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive which require Member States to develop ambitious policies regarding the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency for district heating and cooling.
progRESsHEAT is intended to support the market uptake of existing and emerging renewable electricity, heating and cooling technologies. More specifically, the project provides policy makers with help in developing integrated, effective and efficient policy strategies aimed at achieving a fast and strong penetration of renewable and efficient heating and cooling systems. This includes the analysis of cross-sectoral effects between renewables and energy efficiency measures in industrial heating and cooling, waste heat, heating and cooling in buildings and district heating.
Together with six local authorities in six target countries across Europe (Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Portugal and Romania) heating and cooling strategies will be developed through a profound analysis of (1) heating and cooling demand and future developments, (2) long-term potential 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 local energy advisory tool EnergyPRO will be used for the local case 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 progRESsHEAT will support the implementation of national heating and cooling plans which have to be released by Member States by the end of 2015. These plans will include a policy outlook on how the potentials identified during the comprehensive assessment will be exploited. progRESsHEAT will assist national policy makers in implementing suitable policies with a model-based quantitative impact assessment of local, regional and national policies up to 2050.
Policy makers and other stakeholders are strongly involved in the process. They will be offered the opportunity to learn from the experience of other stakeholders and gain deep understanding of the impact of policy instruments and their specific design. They participate in the project via policy group meetings, workshops, interviews and webinars dedicated to policy development assistance, capacity building and dissemination.
The progRESsHEAT project runs from March 2015 to October 2017. The project is supported by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union. The consortium consists of research institutes as well as local energy agencies and authorities (see below). The project is coordinated by Vienna University of Technology.
Institute for Energy Systems and Electric Drives, Vienna University of Technology - TU-Wien (Austria) // Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (Germany) // Technical University of Denmark - DTU (Denmark) // Institute for Resource Efficiency and Energy Strategies - IREES GmbH (Germany) // OÖ Energiesparverband - ESV (Austria) // ee energy engineers GmbH (Germany) // Gate 21 (Denmark) // Instituto de Engenharia Mecanica e Gestao Industrial - INEGI (Portugal) // Agentia Pentru Management ul Energiei si Protectia Mediului Brasov - ABMEE (Romania) // City of Litoměřice (Czech Republic) // Energy Cities (France)

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The work that has been performed and the main results achieved so far are listed in the following:
• An internal communication plan has been set up and implemented to efficiently carry out the project. (Further details are provided within WP1 description of Part B of the technical report)
• A procedure for the organization and management of the external events foreseen in course of the project has been set up in order to keep track of the current state of preparation, implementation and outcome preparation. (Further details are provided within WP1 description of Part B of the technical report)
• One to two Local policy group meetings have been carried out in each of the six targeted municipalities. The main results are the determination of the relevant policy makers and the identification of research questions for the ongoing analyses, as well as further discussion on the details of possible future scenarios for heating and cooling in the municipalities. Moreover, in all municipalities a regular contact and discussion with several policy makers and contact persons has been established to discuss the shape and results of the ongoing work such as modelling, interviews and the survey. (Further details are provided within WP5 description of Part B of the technical report)
• Alongside the third project meeting in Helsingor/Kopenhagen an Experience Sharing Workshop has been organized, where stakeholders from all six targeted municipalities came together to show their specific situations, discuss open questions, and learn from experiences and site visits in Helsingor and Kopenhagen.
• The collection of data for the further analyses (current demand for heating and cooling, renewable resources, waste heat sources) within the six municipalities has been finished in all of the municipalities. (Further details are provided within WP2 description of Part B of the technical report)
• EnergyPRO models for the six municipalities have been set up and calibrated to the current state of energy demand and supply, BAU as well as alternative scenarios to show feasible RES-H/C penetration have been conducted. (Further details are provided within WP2 description of Part B of the technical report)
• A spreadsheet tool to calculate Least Cost renewable heating and cooling solutions for the municipalities has been developed and used to calculate one alternative future RES-H/C scenario for the municipalities. (Further details are provided within WP2 description of Part B of the technical report)
• A first EnergyPRO workshop for the project partners to get trained on the tool and be able to perform the analyses within the project and beyond was held in Vienna. (Minutes of the workshop can be found in the annex of Part B of the technical report)
• The methodology for modelling scenarios within the project has been elaborated, defining the link of different models and methods for different sectors and research questions as well as resulting indicators. (Further details are provided within WP2 description of Part B of the technical report)
• National models for the six target countries have been set up and calibrated to the current demand and supply situation. (Further details are provided within WP2 description of Part B of the technical report)
• The current state of policies and policy targets in the target countries, regions and municipalities as well as on EU-level has been assessed resulting in D3.1. (Further details are provided within WP3 description of Part B of the technical report)
• The assessment of barriers and drivers within the municipalities under investigation has been nearly finished. The literature study, clustering of barriers and drivers and the expert interviews are finished. The surveys have been elaborated for most of the municipalities and been started. First conclusions on success factors for RES-H/C integration at local level have been formulated. (Further details are provided within WP3 description of Part B of the technical report)
• The communication plan (D7.1) and the graphic charter (D7.2) has been set up, the website has been launched (D7.3), the guidelines for local workshops have been developed (D7.4), and the online data mapper (D7.4) has been launched at the website. (Further details are provided within WP7 description of Part B of the technical report)
• The topics and dates for the first set of webinars have been set, the first two webinars have been held (recordings are available on the progressheat website: Another two are planned for 9 September 2016 and 14 October 2016.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The key results of the project as stated in Annex 1 of progRESsHEAT are the following:
1. Local and regional heating and cooling strategies for six municipalities / regions within Europe will be developed based on (1) a comprehensive analysis of existing demands and their potential developments, (2) a survey on specific prevailing barriers to RES-H/C and efficient heating and cooling solutions and (3) a quantitative assessment of policy options at the local level.
2. Development of advanced national policies to enforce the use of renewable and efficient heating and cooling technologies in line with the ongoing discussion and policy development process in course of the national heating and cooling plans from the EED and based on the quantitative impact assessment with an integrated modelling approach.
3. Tailor-made recommendations for policy makers at the local, regional, national and EU-level to support efficiency and renewable heating and cooling. The recommendations will be elaborated together with policy makers in the target countries and in the target municipalities / regions and will address the whole range of policy instruments like codes, use obligations, grants, public procurement etc.
4. Information and training packages including technical basics, financial models / innovative business schemes, policy frameworks, permitting procedures as well as best practice examples. Furthermore the local modelling tools developed within the local case studies will be part of the capacity building as well.
The policy assistance process at local level in the six municipalities is ongoing with regular meetings with policy makers and contact persons in the municipalities; at national level also the first policy group meetings have been held. Accounting for the interest and participation in the policy groups installed in the six municipalities and six target countries it can be stated that the project is well started, the needs of the different policy makers in the different municipalities and countries are detected and discussed and will be taken into account in the analyses and the preparation and implementation of workshops and training materials.
The main results of the project, however, will be developed in the second half of the project. Therefore still few results and impacts are available for this early stage report.

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