Project kick-off: IVL, HFT and Eurac research will in collaboration with SFL examine the impact of the EU Taxonomy on District Heating Systems

Today a project lead by IVL, HFT and Eurac research in collaboration with SFL kick-offs which will improve and further our understanding of the impact of the EU Taxonomy on District Heating Systems.

The EU taxonomy is a framework to guide investors towards green investments. To date not all assessment parameters are known and the real impact of the ones derived to date is not known. In this project which kicks off today an energy systems model of an existing district heating network will be built as well as a model that is aligned to the taxonomy. The two models are then run, and an identification if there is a gap in the current district heating structure for being Taxonomy aligned is identified. Project results will support both decision makers in district heating companies when making investments in their assets as well as investors in district energy systems.

The project core team is composed of the Swedish Environment Research Institute (IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet), Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences and Eurac Research.
The work is conducted in relation with the Sustainable Finance Lab Sweden at KTH and supported by a reference group reflecting an array of stakeholders (investors, district energy national and European associations as well as organizations working on thermal energy AI, investment and district cooling). The project is validating results with the reference group on a monthly basis.

Investor is the Swedish Innovation Agency, Vinnova, project number: 2022-01418
The project is ongoing for two years.

The projects reference group is composed of the following partners:
Göteborg Stad
Göteborg Energi
Mölndal Energi
Green Finance Institute
Euroheat and Power
Norwegian District Energy Association
AGFW – German Energy Efficiency Association for heating, cooling and CHP
ASPER Investment
Stockholm Exergi
Ernest and Young
Malmö stad
Association for Environmental Management and Sustainability in Financial
Industrigruppen Återvunnen Energi

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