European Technology and Innovation Platform



RESOLUTION of the RHC-platform-workshop on the Smart Cities Initiative February 9th, 2011, Brussels

On February 9th, 2011, the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-platform) held a workshop on „How Renewable Heating and Cooling can contribute to the Smart Cities Initiative within the European SET-Plan“. Over 80 experts from the Renewable heat, Building and energy efficiency sector as well as from cities and network of cities from all over Europe exchanged and agreed that the Smart Cities Initiative could be a suitable instrument to support the technological development of RHC within the SET-Plan under certain conditions.

Based on the facts and taking into account the results of the Concerto programm and the Covenant of Mayors, that

  • heating covers with 50% the largest share of final energy demand today and about 70% of the primary energy demand is used in cities,
  • there is a strong potential to develop RHC-technologies,
  •  the actual policy is not sufficient enough to stimulate the necessary market growth,
  • the SET-Plan will be the most powerful instrument of the European Union to stimulate research and innovations in the energy sector in the coming decade,
  • the SET-Plan is focussing on electricity generation technologies mainly and
  • the Smart Cities Initiative is the only element of the SET-Plan which specifically addresses heating and cooling technologies,

The experts of the workshops are recommending to structure the Smart Cities Initiative in the following way:

The Smart Cities Initiative should

  1. only support cities with a master plan including the development of the heating and cooling sector and specific RHC-targets, 
  2. require measures aimed at stimulating both, the investments by individual consumers and investments of utilities or public bodies in heating and cooling infrastructure, 
  3. ask for concepts which provides a mix of different RHC-technologies and energy efficiency and take fully advantage of the local resources, 
  4. address different types of cities in terms of size, region and climate zone, 
  5. support the development of planning and monitoring instruments (e.g. spatial information systems) for energy master plans and provide them to interested cities,
  6. support research and development on both,
    • RHC-technologies and how they can be used and combined in  Smart Cities in an optimal way, as well as  
    • processes which are necessary to organize and steer the transformation of the energy system on city level,
  7. build up structures which provide know-how and support to cities which are interested to become a Smart City. 


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