HRE4 - Heat RoadMap Europe 4

HRE4 – Heat RoadMap Europe 4

HRE4 - Heat RoadMap Europe 4Heat RoadMap Europe 4 is een Europees onderzoeksproject waaraan 24 partijen deelnemen waaronder Universiteit Utrecht. Doel is vrijwel CO2-vrije warmte en koude in 2050 in de EU.


It has been estimated that there is more heat wasted during electricity production in Europe than is required to heat all buildings in the continent.

The potential for improvements in the heating sector is huge and that means that by collecting the vast quantities of waste heat from industries and electricity production it is possible to distributing it.

If smart district heating grids are used, it would be possible to save all of the natural gas currently used for heating buildings in Europe, which would result not only in monetary savings, but also in considerable CO2 emissions reductions.

The aim of Heat Roadmap Europe 4 is to test and develop these ideas over the next 3 years. By looking at the 14 largest consumers of heating and cooling in Europe, we will develop country-specific Roadmaps and also be able to discuss the future of 85-90% of European heating and cooling demands.


Heat Roadmap Europe 4 is a Horizon 2020 funded research project, with a consortium of 23 partners and will be running from 2016 until 2019. Its main goal is to study the heating and cooling sector in Europe by quantifying the effects of increased energy efficiency on both the demand and supply side, in terms of energy consumption, environmental impacts and costs.

HRE4 combines local thermal mapping and energy system analysis to show, not only the nature but also the impact that heating and cooling, which represents almost half the energy demand in Europe, has on our national energy systems.

By combining these two analysis, it is possible to develop and assess scenarios that are inherently decentralized, but on a large scale.

So far, previous Heat Roadmap Europe studies have concluded that energy efficiency in the heating sector, which primarily includes heat savings in buildings, district heating in urban areas, and heat pumps and solar thermal in rural areas, will result in a cheaper, more local, and far more renewable heating and cooling sector in the future.

Link naar de publicaties


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Brian Vad Mathiesen
Department of Development and Planning,
Aalborg University
A.C. Meyers Vænge 15,
2450 Copenhagen, Denmark

Phone: +45 9940 7218

Link naar projectpartner, Copernicus Institute van de Universiteit Utrecht

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