Projects promoting heat pump excellence
Since 2011, the European Heat Pump Association has rewarded the most efficient, smart and sustainable heat pump projects via its Heat Pump City of the Year (HPCY) initiative.
Since it began, we have received applications from 110 cities in 27 countries in Europe and beyond (more information can be found on the HPCY website).
This year, to coincide with the 10th annual award, we wanted to present four past winners to the European Week of Regions and Cities to showcase their local projects and explain in detail the technologies they have employed, the advances made towards sustainability and renewable goals, and the ways in which they have tackled and overcome obstacles, while sharing their experiences as models to be replicated to make Europe greener.
In the "Projects promoting the heat pump excellence" session, we have assisted at the presentation of four innovative local projects developed in four different European cities (Vienna, Veere, Toutnout, Tampere). Each project presented different solutions to adopt green plans and reduce CO2 emissions.
Each city got a different plan and adopts different solutions, considering the local and social environment.
We heard about:
- "BEST7 in EU-GUGLE" project, in Tampere (Finland): Finland’s first apartment building using two-way district heating with a negative carbon footprint;
- "Heat pumps in the city of Vienna" project (Austria): the city administration has studied in depth various options for renewable energy supplies, especially in urban development areas;
- "Turnova" project, in Turnhout (Belgium): urban development to revitalize the city center with a greener and more connected site;
- "Town Hall Veere NL" project (the Netherlands): in 2016, the city of Veere decided to stop using natural gas completely and develop green solutions in the local community.
Each speaker presented the city goal and how the local government decided to developed green projects thus allowing a free-gas deployment in city areas. Particular attention has been given to the social involvement and on the replicability opportunity of the projects in other European cities.
The key goal of the session was to give insights and suggestions to other local governments and provide them concrete and remarkable examples thus to facilitate any of their replications in Europe - thus to meet the EU standards and goal for 2030 and 2050.
Take away message
The takeaway message from this session is that there are European cities that are developing local green projects that can be replicated in other European cities, allowing stronger decarbonisation.
An active exchange was established in the Q&A and the presenter provided suggestions and advice for potential replicability, underlying also what were the obstacles faced by the municipality and how these could be avoided in future replications.