5 December 2022

Keeping cool (and decarbonised) when it gets hot in cities

Heat decarbonisation is receiving more and more attention. However, with the unavoidable rise of temperatures, the topic of cooling and its climate impact is also getting hotter in cities. There is a clear demand for cooling in cities – and […]

3 October 2022

Accelerating the decarbonisation of 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 […]

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 […]

10 February 2021

Heat planning: Baden-Wurttemberg takes the bull by the horns

The largest share of energy consumption in European cities is used for heating and cooling. This means that if cities want to hold to their ambition of becoming climate neutral by 2050, they urgently need to start planning how to […]