Decarb City Pipes 2050

Transition roadmaps to energy efficient, zero-carbon urban heating and cooling

Climate urgency calls on all political levels to act more stringent and faster. This proposal is the first to unite cities across Europe to work out actionable, spatially differentiated transition roadmaps to decarbonise heating and cooling for buildings in 2050, taking up the challenge to phase out natural gas in heating.

Transitioning the sector to energy-efficient, renewable and zero-carbon solutions is key to meet the EU climate and energy targets. Given the long life-cycles of the grid infrastructures involved, there is an urgency to start the planning of this transition today. But how? What first? Which systems? How to govern this process? Increasing complexity of the energy system together with technological uncertainties require a high level of knowledge and skills to act wisely. Cities are illequipped for this. They lack capacity and skills as well as legal empowerment to act.

Decarb City Pipes 2050 showcases how local authorities can succeed in this challenge. Bilbao, Bratislava, Dublin, Munich, Rotterdam, Vienna and Winterthur, seven cities from frontrunners to beginners join forces to learn from each other and elaborate innovative responses together. They explore pathways suitable for their local challenges and build up skills in the use of data, planning tools and instruments, techno-economic as well as process and transition management knowhow. In a participatory process with stakeholders, they develop tangible transition roadmaps, building up trust and commitment for its implementation along the way. In deep peer-to-peer exchanges, cities and utilities share knowledge to benefit from other perspectives, stages of advancement and planning traditions.

Together, they will advocate for the needed changes to framework conditions. Enriched by a distinguished advisory board, the project aims to empower more than 220 public officers and improve more than 50 policies. Ultimately, it strives to motivate and support more than 80 cities to start the same roadmap process.

Energy Cities is supporting the consortium via sharing its experiences on different tools and the best practices from past projects (such as Hotmaps). We also organise the peer-to-peer exchanges between cities, provide guidance on citizen engagement and support advancing the policy framework at EU-level. In addition Energy Cities is leading the work on communication and dissemination, so that the outcomes of the project benefits to our network and all cities across Europe.

Baden Württemberg set on achieving its heating and cooling decarbonisation

In European cities, most of our energy consumption is used for heating and cooling. If cities want to reach their target of climate neutrality by 2050, they need to start planning how to phase out fossil fuels from heating and cooling now

… And this is what the German region of Baden-Württemberg is determined to do! The Länder recently required all its cities of more than 20 […]

The heated debate on hydrogen in our cities

Hydrogen is often presented as a quick fix to get rid of fossil fuels from heating and cooling in cities. But is it really?

In last week’s Decarb City Pipes 2050 webinar, Lisa Fischer, Programme Leader atE3G discussed with cities the role that hydrogen can play in the decarbonisation […]

Seven European cities are showing gas the door

With the Decarb City Pipes 2050 project, Bilbao, Bratislava, Dublin, Munich, Rotterdam, Vienna and Winterthur are committed to phasing out fossil fuels from urban heating […]