Mapping local demand and supply of heating and cooling is a first step to find areas of priority, where local conditions are favorable for developing projects on sustainable heating and cooling. A guideline, entitled ‘Local action: Methodologies and data sources for mapping local heating and cooling demand and supply’ was developed in the framework of STRATEGO. The aim of this report is to support this mapping exercise. This guideline lists what data layers should be included and gives examples of useful data sources. It also explains how this data can be mapped and presents a checklist for projects to consider based on the maps.

The approach can be summarised in 5 steps:

wp3-a-five-steps-approachAs a result of STRATEGO activities, a guidance was compiled, suggesting a list of six sustainable heating and cooling categories of projects to consider:

  1. Projects on reducing heating and cooling demand at end-consumers
  2. Projects on district heating networks – refurbishment, expansion and/or new ones
  3. Projects on sustainable individual heating and cooling solutions (phasing out heating oil in rural areas)
  4. Projects on tapping excess heat potential
  5. Projects on tapping renewable heat sources
  6. Projects on improved conversion of fossil fuels

Over 40 energy efficiency projects were identified and proposed for implementation to local authorities. Most of the identified projects concern the maintenance and expansion of existing district heating grids, often in combination with tapping renewable heat sources and excess heat potential. Specific business models for each of the identified projects have been developed. All projects’ description and business models can be found under the Projects’ description webpage.