Sustainable Heating: Implementation of Fossil-Free Technologies
Priority AxisLow Carbon Technologies
Low Carbon Technologies
Lead partnerUniversity of Exeter
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.
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.