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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

    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.



    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)