HeatNet NWE: Transition strategies for delivering low carbon district heat

Project Summary

HeatNet NWE will address the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions in North West Europe by creating an integrated transnational NWE approach to the supply of renewable and low carbon heat (incl. waste heat) to residential and commercial buildings. District Heating and Cooling facilitates energy efficiency, less CO2 emissions and a greener economy. 

The project aims to develop and test 6 local district heating and cooling networks (DHC) in UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.


The overall objective is to introduce and demonstrate the 4th generation DHC (4DHC) in NWE. This is a low-temperature distribution system that minimises heat loss, integrates energy storage and renewable energy sources, and supplies multiple low energy buildings.

The concept requires the development of new institutional and organizational frameworks.

The project will result in 15,000 t CO2e saved per annum at its end.

The main outputs are:

1. A transferrable HeatNet model for the implementation of 4DHC schemes in NWE;

2. Six living labs develop, test and demonstrate through investments the HeatNet model to make it robust;

3. Transition Roadmaps plan for roll out of new technical, institutional & organizational arrangements in 6 living labs (new roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, regulation & policies, spatial planning, business models & viability, connection to finance and markets, acceptance, etc);

4. Promotion and fostering of the HeatNet model in NWE  through Transition Roadmaps to secure wide and long term impact of HeatNet. The consortium combines emerging NWE-knowhow on 4DHC (Mijnwater BV, academic, energy planning) with the capacity in the long term to reduce institutional & organizational barriers and to deliver permanent infrastructure at local and regional level. Multiple partners expertise is diverse and needed to jointly develop and promote the HeatNet-model and assist 6 successful living labs at the investment sites.


Save the date: HeatNet NWE Final conference 15th September 2020

15-09-2020 – Online

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the conference planned in April was canceled but it is now back on 15th September, save the date! Our final conference "Greening our cities with di... Read more

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Discover the HeatNet NWE project in video!

Posted on 04-02-2020

In this video, you will discover the goals of the project, the issues to deliver low carbon heat and how the pilot projects have been developed. This video is available in English... Read more

How to develop DHC systems? HeatNet NWE online guide is out!

Posted on 28-05-2020

The website aggregates all the knowledge and experience generated in the past four years and offers technical guidance on DHC, but also easy to read documentation for non-expert au... Read more

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Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
City of Dublin Energy Management Agency Ltd The Loft Crown Alley, Templebar
dec.mccormac@codema.ie www.codema.ie
Name Contact Name Email Country
Plymouth City Council Jonathan Selman jonathan.selman@plymouth.gov.uk United Kingdom
CAP 2020 asbl Michel Heukmes michel.heukmes@cap2020.be Belgium
Stad Kortrijk Ann Andries Ann.Andries@kortrijk.be Belgium
Intercommunale Leiedal Dominiek Vandewiele Dominiek.Vandewiele@leiedal.be Belgium
Energy Cities Peter SCHILKEN peter.schilken@energy-cities.eu France
Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer Hélène Evrard-Henon h.evrard@habitat-du-littoral.com France
Universiteit Gent Martijn van den Broeck martijn.vandenbroek@ugent.be Belgium
Hogeschool van Amsterdam Frank Suurenbroek f.suurenbroek@hva.nl Netherlands
Aberdeen City Council Amye Robinson lapaterson@aberdeencity.gov.uk United Kingdom
Mijnwater B.V. Herman Eijdems h.eijdems@mijnwater.com Netherlands
South Dublin County Council Eddie Conry econroy@sdcoco.ie Ireland
Centre d'études et d'expertise sur les risques, l'environnement, la mobilité et l'aménagement Sébastien Delhomelle Sebastien.delhomelle@cerema.fr France




Spatial policy for 4DHC

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This report is about the spatial policies in the countries of the HeatNet pilots: the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Belgium, the UK and Scotland. It provides an overview of the relevant spatial policies and legislation in relation to the development of District Heating and Cooling (DHC) networks. Read More


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