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 12.00H 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.

About REPLACE – Making heating and cooling for European consumers efficient, economically resilient, clean and climate-friendly

The aim of the EU-funded REPLACE project is to motivate and support consumers in nine European countries to replace their old and inefficient heating systems with more environmentally friendly alternatives or to undertake simple renovation measures that reduce the overall energy consumption.

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 847087. More info at www.replace-project.eu.


BUILD UP – The European Portal for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, is an initiative established by the European Commission in 2009 to support EU Member States in implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). 

The BUILD UP web portal is intended to reap the benefits of Europe’s collective intelligence on energy reduction in buildings for all relevant audiences. It brings together new practitioners and professional associations while motivating them to exchange best working practices and knowledge and to transfer tools and resources. More info at www.buildup.eu.


10:00 – 10:10: Welcome and introduction

Herbert Tretter, Austrian Energy Agency (project coordinator)

Karina Knaus, Austrian Energy Agency (moderator)

10:10 – 10:25: About the project REPLACE – Policies and challenges for the residential H&C sector in Europe

Gašper Stegnar, Jožef Stefan Institute Energy Efficiency Centre

10:25 – 10:40: Renewable Heating & Cooling options and real-life stories from Europe

Benedetta Di Costanzo, WIP Renewable Energies

10:40 – 10:55:  Demonstration of renovation calculation with the REPLACE Heating System Calculator

Herbert Tretter, Austrian Energy Agency

10:55 – 11:10: About the project HARP – Heating Appliances Retrofit Planning 

Federica Sabbati, European Heating Industry (EHI)

11:10 – 12:00: Roundtable: Main challenges and drivers for the uptake of Renewable Heating & Cooling in Europe


  • Dražen Balić, Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (EIHP), HR
  • Stefan Drexlmeier, Energiewende Oberland, DE
  • Vladimir Gjorgievski, SDEWES Centre, MK
  • Ignacio Macías Rodríguez, Escan Energy Consulting, ES
  • Angel Nikolaev, Black Sea Energy Research Centre (BSERC), BG
  • Federica Sabbati, European Heating Industry (EHI), EU
  • Herbert Tretter, Austrian Energy Agency, AT

Moderator: Karina Knaus, Austrian Energy Agency, AT


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