Strategic support for planners of heating and cooling infrastructure

22 June 2022

Energy planners interested in receiving free strategic support to establish or improve heating and cooling infrastructure can apply to Act!onHeat for advice on planning, pre-feasibility and finance.

Expressions of interest can now be submitted (see: in preparation for the next application call later this year. (Following the first application call earlier this year, we are assessing a number of candidates from Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Austria, France and Italy, and hoping for some British interest this time!).

Act!onHeat is an EU-funded project that aims to accelerate the take-up of strategic heating and cooling - such as low-carbon district heating systems - in order to dramatically decrease the dependency on fossil fuels.

Support is being offered to energy planners because few councils or municipalities possess the know-how, resources or experience necessary to plan heating and cooling developments which are large, complex and expensive undertakings. The new Act!onHeat Support Facility will offer this, with the help of specific tools such as Hotmaps and THERMOS.

CSE is a partner in Act!onHeat, along with Fraunhofer Institute, eclareon GmbH, TU Wien, Creara, e-think and ICLEI Europe.

CSE's Martin Holley said: "Transforming how we produce and use energy requires action at a massive scale and depth. It needs to come from government policy, industry practice, local authorities and communities. Low-carbon district heating systems have a critical role to play, and the Support Facility will enable more municipalities to play their part."

Act!onHeat offers several ways for energy planners to engage and benefit, but most of all provides concrete support opportunities for them to realize their low-carbon H&C plans. Find out more at

The Act!onHeat project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 101033706. The sole responsibility for the content of this document lies with the author and in no way reflects the views of the European Commission.

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