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3 October 2022

Heindijk: a neighbourhood in Rotterdam to be fossil-free by 2027

In the Netherlands, decarbonisation is often approach through the district perspective. It favours thus affordability, inclusiveness, and achievability. This is also the best way to minimise inconvenience for residents and the total costs, while maximising the potential combinations with other […]

3 October 2022

Cities explore new ways of accelerating the decarbonisation of their district heating networks through mandatory connection

District heating is becoming an increasingly hot topic for municipalities. Latest revisions of EU legislations and plans to phase out (Russian) gas put it as a strategic component. Without making it a silver bullet, it is clear that district heating […]

17 May 2022

From 80% dependency on Russian gas to 0%: Vienna’s strategy to accelerate its fossil fuel independency

Held on 11 & 12 May 2022 in Vienna, where the dependence on Russian gas is of 80%, the Decarb Cities Conference could not be timelier. Soaring energy prices, reducing fossil fuel dependency, decreasing energy consumption – crucial topics faced […]

7 February 2022

Renewing your approach of the heat market to favour renewable heating & cooling

The decarbonisation of energy systems offers new perspectives for the heating and cooling markets. One of the goals of Decarb City Pipes 2050 is to explore some of these new actors. The more information on latest developments and innovative approaches, […]

17 December 2021

Modelling of district heating – mighty difficult or minimally so?

What is a model? In the simplest terms, it is anything that represents something else. In the context of district heating (DH), modelling is important for two reasons:   To look at the current situation (i.e., existing infrastructure, heat demand and […]

4 November 2021

There is a great waste heat potential waiting to be tapped

Nearly 80% of energy consumption in EU households comes from heating. Thus, alternative, low-carbon sources of heat will play a major role in the energy transition. Waste heat is one such source, which deserves to be looked at.   To better […]

22 July 2021

The data-driven future of heat planning

Energy modelling is key for cities to get a good understanding of their energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions. Urban and energy planning decisions should be data-driven. But how can cities have access to good data on their building stock? […]

19 July 2021

New report out! Techno-economical possibilities and system correlations

The first (public) step on the path of decarbonising heating and cooling for buildings in 2050 has been made! Decarb City Pipes 2050 is proud to showcase its first public deliverable, D.2.3., “Techno-economical possibilities and system correlations”, which has a […]

17 May 2021

Decarbonising condominiums requires dedicated strategies… and new laws!

Condominiums represent 40% of housing in the European Union. They are a key concern to achieve the decarbonisation of our cities. Because of their fragmented ownership structures, dedicated strategies for this stakeholders’ group are necessary, as well as regulatory change […]

31 March 2021

To use or not to use hydrogen to heat cities?

Hydrogen is often presented as a quick fix to get rid of fossil fuels for heating and cooling in cities. But it is widely debated by experts and has some uncertainties and risks of lock-in effects. Lisa Fischer, Programme Leader at […]