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Sustainable Heating: Implementation of Fossil-Free Technologies

Priority Axis

Low Carbon Technologies

Specific objective

Low Carbon Technologies

Lead partner

University of Exeter






Project budget

5 701 122

ERDF amount

3 420 673

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    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

    Main Achievements

    TICC continued well in early 2020, with updated plans for new teams, and for work on the Blueprint and Evaluation. COVID hit before much of this could be enacted, reducing working to online (incl. two days of meetings online in May and November), and severely reducing ability of partners to set up Teams, maintain activity, work with stakeholders and service users, and gather data for the Blueprint and the Evaluation. Partners made significant efforts to mitigate this, but target groups are those instructed to shelter; and services are diverted into COVID activity, a situation ongoing at the time of writing. Until there is mass vaccination, this is unlikely to change.

    The implementation of a TICC model incorporating Buurtzorg learning continues to progress well for most delivery partners. In many cases, teams have valued self-management, and the autonomy they have has assisted in the continuing provision of care. This has been noted as a positive culture shift, notably in PP5. PP6 has seen the volume of care provided increase significantly, and they've been able to provide much more training, coaching and support to their teams.

    However, it has proved difficult to launch new teams, and to ask overburdened staff to provide insight and data for WPs 2 and 3, in spite of a high commitment to keeping the project running as much as possible.



    City of Bruges

    City of Mechelen

    City of Middelburg

    Care institution Rivierenland

    Center for development of ecoenterprises

    Places for People Group

    Municipality of Fourmies

    Delft University of Technology

    Energy Agency De Schakelaar (The Switch)