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DHC+ is committed to do its share to make the EU in 2050 fully sustainable

Research & Innovation Policy

Research & Innovation Policy

DHC+ strengthened its role in policy discussions through SET Plan advocacy and with its many partnerships (Eufores, RHC Platform, Knowledge4Innovation, ETIP SNET).

16 months into the work on the future SET Plan, the first implementation plans defining the path for future RD&I in energy technology are public. Due to the central role of DHC in the energy system, DHC+ has been involved in half a dozen of working groups and anchored crucial research priorities and activities in all of them. As part of ETIP SNET’s Governing Board DHC+ could define priorities for the integration of the electricity grid and DHC in its first multi-annual Implementation Plan. In time for the 10th anniversary also a draft implementation plan on regional energy systems featuring low(er)-temperature DHC and storage and the IP on industrial efficiency including technologies for heat recovery were presented. In parallel DHC+ contributed to the work on efficient buildings, efficient H&C technologies, geothermal, smart cities and more – all for the future development of DHC.

2017 was also marked by the preparation and publication of the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020. The Secretariat advocated for the inclusion of DHC especially when it comes to specific calls in the field of system integration, renewable H&C, excess heat & cold and low-temperature DHC. The final H2020WP lists crucial calls on these matters with a welcome focus on technology, concepts and business models for the utilisation of recovered heat and cold and broader calls highlighting the role of DHC for integrated energy systems and solutions on all scales from building blocks to islands and districts. The WP ensures that the crucial EU funding for DHC research activities continues.

Also beyond these EU research frameworks, DHC+ has continued its engagement. With the new multiannual financial framework (EU budget) on the horizon and important ongoing discussions on energy policies, especially the work with the partners at Eufores became more fruitful than ever. DHC+ contributed to a variety of events, breakfast discussions, meetings with MEPs, not to forget the Interparliamentary Meeting in Tallinn and a High-Level Conference on Renewables in Brussels. But with its membership in Eufores DHC+ does not only work for the sector: it is also a clear statement. DHC+ is committed to do its share to make the EU in 2050 fully sustainable. And we are acting now.