Fossil-free heating and cooling workshop



From 07 May 2024 to 08 May 2024


Rijeka, Croatia



On the 7th and 8th of May 2024, a workshop on fossil-free heating and cooling will be held in the city of Rijeka, Croatia. The event, is the last of a series of 6 workshops which will be held in 6 different cities within the SSH CENTRE project (Social Sciences and Humanities for Climate, Energy aNd Transport Research Excellence): Čačak, Serbia; Grenoble, France; Arnhem, The Netherlands; Porto, Portugal; Valencia, Spain; Rijeka, Croatia.

The project aims to enhance the contribution of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) to accelerate the EU’s transition to carbon neutrality by better engaging SSH researchers with stakeholders across research, policy, and business.

Under the project, Knowledge & Innovation (K&I) and  Energy Cities launched a programme on Social Sciences and Humanities knowledge brokerage for regional-level governance, involving 6 cities in 6 different key topics.

The city of Rijeka, in collaboration with a dedicated team of researchers, will focus its work on the energy sistem’s decarbonisation. Energy is not as invisible or intangible as it seems. The current soaring energy prices and geopolitical turmoil have made this clear. Our dependency on fossil fuels not only has an impact on climate change,  but first and foremost, it affects the security and well-being of citizens. To protect them and local economies  from energy shortages and price surges, cities need to plan and design a district-by-district phase-out of  fossil energies. This implies designing roadmaps to upgrade buildings, deploying alternative energy  sources, and rethinking energy needs. 

The workshop will be the occasion for diving in the topic together with the team of researchers, local administrators, and stakeholders from other cities. It will include a city tour with local stakeholders to get feedback on the work done by the team so far.

Are you a city working and interested in fossil-free heating and cooling?

The workshop is open to the participation of 8 representatives from 8 European cities. If you are interested in sharing your experience and learning from other cities, contact us to get more information on the programme!

The SSH CENTRE project (Social Sciences and Humanities for Climate, Energy aNd Transport Research Excellence) is a project funded by the European Commission and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme.