Skip to main content. This initiative strived to improve knowledge and understanding about the costs of heating and cooling , about how support schemes can be effectively designed, and about how information can be made clear and transparent for consumers.
By researching existing support schemes and engaging with stakeholders, FROnT allowed to identify what makes support schemes successful in terms of design, implementation, operation and monitoring. Furthermore, FROnT also aimed to improve transparency about cost of heating and cooling and its value. For that purpose, a common methodology for estimating the value of thermal energy was developed, comparing renewable and sustainable options with incumbent ones.
Results Lesson learned Partners and coordinator. Results To promote the implementation at national and European level of strategic policy priorities that can contribute to efficiently and cost-effectively implement the NREAPs: To facilitate the setting-up of improved and sustainable RHC integrated support schemes, stressing the value of the energy provided: To support a better insight of the value of the energy supplied by RHC systems, promoting transparency and clarity towards end-users and other stakeholders: The assessment of levelized costs of heating and cooling was performed, and the online LCoHC calculation tool was published in order to measure up RES-HC solutions with the reference fossil fuels.
To improve the understanding of the end-users decision making process with regard to heating and cooling systems in order to develop tailored approaches and facilitate adequate measures enhancing the uptake of RHC: A common methodology for estimating the value of energy supplied by RHC systems and an assessment of levelised costs for heating and cooling renewable and conventional.
Through an analysis of relevant factors for the determination of costs of heating and cooling, such as climatic or geological conditions, demand profiles, system performance, etc. Lessons learned Adapting to the political context: There were major changes to the political context regarding heating and cooling at EU level.
Though, the project had to adapt to this new context and in some cases put more emphasis on political processes. In a project with a tight schedule for execution, more flexibility in terms of the tasks, its interconnection and precedence would also facilitate that the project could adapt to evolving circumstances. Gathering expertise and coordinating national consultation processes: The involvement of a wide range of stakeholders represent a real added value for the project.
Though, coordinating consultation periods in several countries, with a broad range of experts, was harder than expected. It is also difficult to attract stakeholders, especially when SMEs are involved.
Organisations with a EU focus, particularly when based in in Brussels, are faced with many requests for Advisory Committees or stakeholder meetings. Their engagement is easier if meetings are located in Brussels and relatively short half-day or less , which might conflict with the idea of bringing other experts from abroad. European Solar Thermal Industry Federation. Krajowa Agencja Poszanowania Energii S. Instituto para la Diversificacion y Ahorro de la Energia.More...