Decarb Heat 2017

With the Paris agreement the global society has embarked on a journey towards a fully decarbonised energy system. Europe has signed up to this agreement. With heating and cooling being responsible for 51% of Europe’s total final energy, residential heating covering 50% of this and industrial heating another 25%, decarbonising heating and cooling as well as energy demand in industry is essential for the energy system to move to zero carbon.

A decarbonisation of Europe’s energy system without a decarbonisation of the heating sector is impossible.

Yet, efforts currently under way are too slow. Transforming the heating industry – from research and development to manufacturing, installation and maintenance requires a gigantic effort by all stakeholders. Due to the distorted prices for energy, current market conditions are not suitable to trigger the necessary change.

DecarbHeat2017 will lay down the groundwork for the necessary change. The conference aims to bring together relevant stakeholders: policy makers from the EU Commission and the Parliament as well as from the Member States. High level representatives from the heat pump industry as well as decision makers from cities and not least, other users of heat: representatives from industry.

With this mix of parties, we want to ensure the collection of ideas from a broad audience and a discussion of the necessary next steps along four areas of consideration?

  1. How do policy makers envision the 2050 energy system and what is policy doing in Europe and abroad to address the issue of decarbonising the heating sector?
  2. What are the main challenges for cities, in particular when it comes to the renovation of buildings and whole quarters and how should decarbonized energy be distributed here?
  3. How will digitalisation challenge the heating and cooling industry – from product design to business models?
  4. What are the challenges for industry and how can energy demand in industry be meaningfully  reduced.

The conference will take place in Brussels, at the BEL on 11-12 May 2017. For more information please visit