Webinar | Towards Renewable Heating & Cooling: Replacement of Inefficient Systems in the Residential Sector

This online event will take place the 31st May 2022 from 10.00H to 12.30H CET. Register here.

About the webinar

Half of Europe’s energy consumption is used for heating and cooling (H&C). However, two thirds of the heating systems installed in European buildings are inefficient.

In order to achieve climate neutrality, the decarbonisation of the space heating and cooling in residential sector is therefore essential.

The REPLACE project partners are pleased to invite you to the webinar “Towards Renewable Heating & Cooling: Replacement of Inefficient Systems in the Residential Sector” to present the key findings of the project and discuss the framework conditions for replacement, exchanging old conventional fossil fuel systems with renewable ones.

This webinar is an excellent opportunity to learn how the phase-out of fossil-based heating systems can be brought forward in the European agenda and to find out more about modern renewable technologies. 

In collaboration with the BUILD UP Portal, we invite you for discussions on how renewable energy at home can contribute to Europe’s energy transition, while empowering consumers in their energy choices.

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Follow-up training seminar in KAGoP region

As the COVID-19 pandemic measures loosened up, a follow-up training seminar as a physical event was organized in April 2022. Previously two online training seminars were held in September and December, 2021. The need for such an activity was more that obvious, as the participants were eager to hear more about the materials and tools, moreover to exchange knowledge and have more fruitful discussions in person.

The follow-up training seminar for intermediaries and investors was organized in Skopje on 18.04.2022 as a full day event. It was attended by around 25 participants covering all the target groups. The training was divided in three parts, 2 sessions and panel discussion with a practical workshop, followed by conclusions and recommendations for future work.

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Innovation workshop at the World Sustainable Energy Days – REPLACE provides information on renewable heating and cooling in the residential sector

“Another war has begun with fossil fuels at the centre of the conflict. … And the fact that buzzwords like energy dependence, security of supply, reliability, price stability are now of great importance again is the only good thing about the situation.”

With a view to the current situation in Ukraine and its influence on the European energy sector, Dominik Rutz (WIP Renewable Energies) welcomed more than 40 participants to the REPLACE Innovation Workshop in Wels, 8th April 2022. As part of the World Energy Efficiency Conference, the REPLACE project team took the opportunity to exchange with participants about renewable heating and cooling in the residential sector. 

After a long time of political attention being focused only on the electricity and then on the mobility sector and neglecting the heating and cooling sector, the consequences are now being felt, Rutz said. “The REPLACE project starts exactly here and promotes the switch from fossil energies to renewable heating systems in the heating and cooling sector.”

Roundtable at the REPLACE workshop. Participants were representatives of the REPLACE regions: (top left to right) Karina Knaus (Austrian Energy Agency, Austria, moderation), Samra Muratspahic (Enova Consultants and Engineers, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Angel Nikolaev (Black Sea Energy Research Centre (BSERC), Bulgaria), Emilija Mihajloska (SDEWES Centre, North Macedonia), Herbert Tretter (Austrian Energy Agency, Austria), Ingo Ball (WIP Renewable Energies, Germany)

The workshop introduced the project REPLACE with its aims, tools and actions, gave an overview of the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector in Europe, and looked at the main challenges and drivers as well as possible solutions and recommendations to successfully switch to climate friendly technologies.

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REPLACE calculator in favour of conducting techno-economic studies for KAGoP region’s end-users 

In order to support consumers in making the right replacement choice with a new and climate friendly heating system, a campaign for techno-economy studies was conducted in the KAGoP. region. The feasibility studies were free of charge for the owners which are interested in replacing their old heating system. This campaign was performed by SDEWES-Skopje based on an online interview with the homeowners.

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Achieving more together – collective actions in the REPLACE project

Collective actions can make the heat transition more affordable, achieve technically more efficient results and advance the topic of climate-friendly heating and cooling. At the project meeting on the 6th April 2022, the REPLACE partners presented possibilities they are implementing in their regions. 

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Third webinar in North Macedonia: REPLACE calculator, matrix and country specific excel-based tool 

The last of the series of webinars that were part of the REPLACE campaigns was organized on 4th of April, 2022 using the ZOOM platform. The event was attended by 24 key stakeholders, representing the KAGoP region, as well some other municipalities. Furthermore, there were representatives from the Energy Agency, Power plants of Macedonia, as well as NGOs and companies in the field of RES heating and cooling.

SDEWES’ REPLACE webinar in North Macedonia with representatives from municipalities, the Energy Agency, Power plants of Macedonia, as well as NGOs and companies in the field of RES heating and cooling
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REPLACE info hub in the Municipality of Novo Sarajevo successfully implemented with a large number of visitors

The REPLACE project team in Sarajevo Canton conducted another “information days” activity. In the period from March 21 to 25, the REPLACE info hub was set up in the premises of the Municipality of Novo Sarajevo, whose representatives are active collaborators on the project and members of the local working group.

The project hub was visited by over 300 citizens of Novo Sarajevo who showed the greatest interest in information on heating systems that are acceptable for their type of building through the REPLACE heating matrix and a “quick” calculation of potential replacement of heating systems using REPLACE calculator. Some visitors decided to participate in the preparation of a detailed techno-economic feasibility study for the replacement of heating systems.

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Spring is the time for action to sustainably replace the heating systems

In the past two months, REPLACE project team members from the Sarajevo Canton region held two meetings of the local working group with the aim of defining the further course of project activities with a focus on campaign activities to replace inefficient heating systems. Meetings were held in the municipalities of Ilijaš and Novo Sarajevo.

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Self-sufficient and climate friendly heating in the Bavarian Oberland, Germany – Information event on district heating systems and for future heat suppliers

Leibersberg gets stuck in: The district heating system in Leibersberg, municipality of Riegsee, was built with a lot of own work – good for climate protection and for the village community. Source: Georg Miller

District heating systems can be a good lever for climate protection and for becoming independent of oil and gas. On 25 February, around 60 participants, including mayors, architects and energy consultants, learned what to consider when planning district heating systems at an online event organised by Energiewende Oberland in the EU-funded heating transition project REPLACE.

Almost half of the energy in the Bavarian Oberland is used for heating, 44% of it in private households. As Stefan Drexlmeier from Energiewende Oberland (EWO) reported at the event on 25 February, district heating systems are an ideal way to supply entire streets with climate-friendly heat in addition to replacing individual heating systems, and at the same time to make oneself independent of fluctuating energy prices and oil and gas supplies from abroad. District Administrator Anton Speer (Garmisch-Partenkirchen district) also emphasised in his welcoming address that regional supply from own products is becoming increasingly important and pointed out, among other things, the supply of three Murnau schools by forest residues.

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A lot going on in the REPLACE regions! Consortium meeting gives an overview of boiler & oven replacement actions

On 14 February 2022, the consortium meeting of the REPLACE project took place and gave an impressive overview of how people in the nine target regions in Western, Central and South-Eastern Europe can currently benefit from the heating system replacement actions.

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