Lessons learned

Lesson 1: 50% of the heat demand in Europe can be supplied with district heating
Lesson 2: There is more excess heat in Europe than all of the heat demand in buildings
Lesson 3: Energy efficiency is required on both the demand and supply side of the heat sector
Lesson 4: The heat sector is one of the cheapest options for integrating renewables (thermal storage x100 cheaper than electricity)
Lesson 5: Energy efficiency on both sides of the heat sector (demand and supply) can save similar levels of energy and CO2…while also saving costs
Lesson 6: The transition towards a more sustainable heating and cooling system at city level begins with the understanding that there is a significant potential in the heating and cooling sector.
Lesson 7: Each city needs a strategic master plan on how to organise this transition towards a more sustainable heating and cooling system. A master plan allows to frame single projects into a wider context.
Lesson 8: Individual projects need to be defined to realise the strategic master plan. The five steps’ approach (see here) developed in the framework of the STRATEGO project, has demonstrated to provide appropriate guidance to cities for such a process.
Lesson 9: Capacity and skills of local authorities for effective delivery of local heating and cooling plans can be developed through a series of international coaching sessions (see STRATEGO coaching guidelines here).
Lesson 10: Creating productive dialogue between national and local authorities can ensure that the local and regional plans developed through the coaching process are designed with national plans in mind, and vice versa (see examples here).
Brochure on good practices

Project partners have pre-selected practical experiences, lessons learned from the coaching sessions and examples of concrete projects in each of the STRATEGO target countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom. These countries vary considerably in terms of population, climate, resources, energy supply, as well as in terms of their experiences in sustainable heating and cooling planning. Therefore, the good practice examples featured in the Brochure can serve as inspiration for new cities/regions and be replicable in similar case in Europe. Download the Good practice examples here.