How to mobilise towards the phasing-out of fossil fuels in buildings?

24 November 2023

10:30 - 11:30 CEST Online

Heating demand is supplied by multiple energy carriers and sources. Its decarbonisation will include different renewable and waste heat sources and technologies.

Heat consumption patterns in houses are determined by the characteristics of the energy and housing sectors and their legacy, as well as cultural behaviours. To achieve the decarbonisation of heating and cooling, mobilisation of multiple stakeholders is required: consumers, grid operators, energy suppliers, building developers, heating appliance subcontractors and manufacturers, technologies providers, etc.  

How can municipalities accelerate the implementation of their decarbonisation strategies for the built environment? Which stakeholders should have a seat at the table? Which seats? What planning instruments can municipalities use to accelerate the process? How can municipalities avoid working in silos and align energy, climate, housing, social and urban strategies? 


  • Introduction – Julien Joubert, Energy Cities 
  • How can we govern the transition of heating and cooling in cities? Learnings from six European cities – Elisa Kochskämper, Postdoctoral researcher, Utrecht University (15 min) 
  • Exchanges with participants (10 min) 
  • How has Vienna developed an ambitious heating and cooling strategy with its stakeholders? How is the implementation governed? – Peter Lichtenwöhrer, Spatial and energy planner, City of Vienna / Herbert Hemis, Energy Planning expert, City of Vienna 
  • Exchanges with participants (15 min) 
  • Conclusion 


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