Sustainable Heating: Implementation of Fossil Free Technologies
SHIFFT is an INTERREG 2 Seas project that is working with city governments and local citizens to stimulate the adoption of low-carbon heating in existing residential and community buildings. There is enormous potential to reduce CO2 emissions through the adoption of low carbon heating, but a lack of awareness and knowledge on the technical options available and the benefits of sustainable heating; as well as the upfront investment costs of measures, can mean progress is slow. SHIFFT is helping to address this by installing measures in a number of pilot areas to demonstrate sustainable heating; working with citizens to raise awareness, identify and remove barriers, develop incentives and co-create solutions for a transition to sustainable heating; We are also developing city-based strategies in the four countries of the 2 Seas region and developing best practice in the development of city heating strategies to share.
Co-creation of pilot projects and city strategies is at the core of SHIFFT. We believe it is essential to ensure that decisions about adopting new ways to heat homes and community buildings are fully informed by those using those buildings. Development of good practice in co-creation relating to switching to low carbon heating is thus a key output. This informs our other outputs: Identifying good practice in developing city strategies and the selection and implementation of new low carbon pilots in four different locations within the 2 Seas region. Key outputs from this include a structured approach to developing a city heating strategy or use by other cities and towns and a record of our experience in real world implementation of low carbon heating systems, from site assessment and community consultation through to generation.