Many cities and regions are currently preparing ambitious climate and energy
strategies and action plans, committing to net-zero carbon by 2050.
In November 2018, the European Commission presented its strategic long-term vision for climate neutrality by 2050: “A Clean Planet for all”. Decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector plays a major part in the plan: the largest share of energy consumption in cities (where 75 % of the EU population live) is used for heating and cooling.
Phasing out fossil fuels from the energy system will bring three main advantages: it will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improve the security of supply and positively affect the commercial balance (which at local level means an increase of job oppor tunities). However, achieving a 100 % renewable energy system, and in par ticular a fossil-free heating and cooling supply, requires strategic planning.
New technical, regulatory and governance frameworks are necessary to transition to a more sustainable and green system.
Hotmaps is a powerful tool to work on heating and cooling planning. It has led pilot cities to test and evaluate different energy scenarios, providing an integral analysis of their energy resources. Users can upload their own city’s data and calculate precise energy scenarios. Hotmaps can also provide a set of indicators for these scenarios, allowing to analyse their economic, financial and technical feasibility.