Project budget5 701 122 €
ERDF amount3 420 673 €
sharp decrease in fossil energy use is needed to achieve the EU's climate goals. Households use 79% of energy for space and water heating; 84% of this energy is fossil-fuelled. Household CO2 emissions for heating in 2 Seas countries currently are around 90Mtonnes/yr. There is enormous potential to reduce CO2 emissions with wide-scale adoption of low carbon heating. But few structures currently use sustainable heating sources because:
- There is a lack of awareness and knowledge among homeowners in the 2 Seas region on the different technical options and advantages of sustainable heating.
- The initial investment costs for sustainable heating installations are high for individual homeowners (early adopters). Examples of sustainable heating in residential and community buildings are needed, alongside active engagement of home owners and communities to raise awareness, remove barriers and create facilities (e.g. financing schemes, incentives) for the transition to sustainable heating
SHIFFT will support the shift towards a low-carbon economy by accelerating the market adoption of sustainable heating solutions in the 2 Seas area. The project objective is to reduce CO2 emissions in the built environment by reducing the use of fossil fuels in heating of existing household and community buildings. As a result of SHIFFT, sustainable heating solutions replace fossil technologies for heating of homes and community buildings involved in the project, stimulating the adoption of low-carbon technologies. This result can be quantified as a reduction of 3845 tonCO2 emission/year. This is based on
- a reduction of 423 tonCO2/y resulting from 4 direct investments by partners in residential and community buildings.
- a reduction of 3422 tonCO2/year as a result of the installation of sustainable heating systems and the adoption of more sustainable heating behaviour by 4290 households in their homes in intensive co-creation processes in our partner territories.
- 4 pilot investments to demonstrate sustainable heating technologies in a residential scheme, a care home and several community buildings in the four 2 Seas countries.
- 6 co-creation pilots to trigger investments in sustainable heating solutions for homes in local communities in the four 2 Seas countries.
- 1 Guidance for accelerating the adoption of sustainable heating by other local authorities and community actors in the 2 Seas territory.
- residents and community groups in partner cities and regions
- local/regional authorities responsible for the transition to sustainable heating in the 2 Seas region
- knowledge institutes involved in sustainable heating and co-creation
- local energy and heating cooperatives across the 2 Seas area
- professionals in heating systems installation, construction, energy services
Cross border approach
The challenge of the transition to sustainable heating of homes and community buildings is shared by cities, communities, the housing sector and service providers in all 2 Seas countries. Individual actors cannot accelerate market adoption of sustainable heating techniques, but a strong cross-border partnership can. The SHIFFT partnership includes all key sectors: local authorities (Brugge, Mechelen, Middelburg, Fourmies), housing corporation (Places for People, UK), public care provider (Zorgbedrijf Rivierenland, BE), local energy agency (Schakelaar Brugge, BE), sustainable energy business networks (CD2E, France) and academic expertise (Universities of Exeter & Delft).
Our observer network brings in further know-how from installation, energy and community engagement backgrounds and adds great dissemination power. Combining this expertise from 4 countries allows us to come to effective solutions with validity for all territorial and institutional contexts in the 2 Seas area.
SHIFFT partners have been expediting tasks for about 6 months. We have organised around Specific Outputs under the guidance of WP Leaders from Mechelen, Delft, PfP and Exeter. A successful project meeting was held in London in June with a successful Project Management meeting and Stakeholder event in Middelburg in December.
The added value of cross border cooperation was clearly evident in the 3 WP presentations. All 10 Partners have ongoing relationships in order to consult on, contribute to, and critique the deliverables or input on the specific project lifecycle stage of the WP.
Specific to achieving output O1 ‘Guidance for accelerating the adoption of sustainable heating in the 2 Seas’, WP1 has delivered the report ‘A common approach for sustainable heating strategies for partner cities’ through cross border consultation and 2 stakeholder events. Guidance is specifically designed to be used by local authorities, municipality planners and other stakeholders in the region and beyond. Guidance and good practice detailed in the report can be readily adopted in order to facilitate transition to sustainable heating.
WP1 work overlaps the co-creation work of WP2. WP2 research teams in the Netherlands and UK have produced an academically rigorous report to inform the SHIFFT’s next stages. ‘State of the art report for co-creation approaches and practices’ examines and describes the processes of co-creation and makes recommendations their effective use at local level. Cross-border cooperation saw this report underpinned by consultations with pilot project hosts. Focussed on SO2, the team has established guidance that ensures the added value of a project output that is highly relevant to and consistent with the values of audiences in the region.
WP3 are managing investment pilot testing sites in all four countries. This is the practical side of the project which builds on the outputs of WP1/WP2 co-operating across the partnership to be guided in the most expedient direction. Progress has been made in the planning stages, with development of feasibility studies and action plans in place. This delivers SO1 Pilot Investments to demonstrate sustainable heating in houses and community buildings.
WP4 has implemented stricter control over project management as roles in the various partner organisations are filled. WP5 has completed planning around communication and initiated key activities to meet dissemination goals, including through website and social media presence.