Is a more integrated energy system the answer to the challenge of decarbonising Europe’s cities?
50% of the world’s population lives in cities. In the EU, that figure is even higher and demographic data suggests that this trend will continue to grow in the coming years.Meanwhile, the EU’s global leadership in finalising the Paris Agreement sets a higher ambition which must be met with a will to deliver. But what happens when these two phenomena - urbanisation and decarbonisation - collide?
Experts already agree that there are enough thermal energy flows generated by human activity to provide the base for heating and cooling an entire city.
It is clear that meeting our Paris targets will require more than a passing reference to sectoral integration. In fact, it could be the most important phase for our cities. We thus need to ask: is Europe ready? Does the EU have the right policies? Does it provide the right support for innovation?I
In short, is a more integrated energy system the answer to the challenge of decarbonising Europe’s cities?
Andreea Strachinescu - Head of Unit, New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal - European Commission, DG Energy
Ingo Wagner, Policy Manager - Euroheat & Power
Thomas Nowak - European Heat Pump Association (EHPA)
Peter Remmen, Team Leader - Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate, Aachen University
Fredrik Rosenqvist, Director for Innovation - E.ON