This report provides guidance about how to carry out strategic heat planning activities within the EU-28 member states, in order to address three main challenges: reducing CO2-emissions, improving the security of supply, and improving the economic balance by circulating a larger share of energy costs within the European Union. Strategic heat planning may also address several local or regional issues, such as utilising local heat sources or improving air quality.

Strategic energy planning addresses issues with current energy supply and formulates strategies for transitions. It largely depends upon the technical, societal and economic context of the energy supply, as the actors involved, means of actions and available options will differ between situations.

Strategic heat planning activities are interdisciplinary activities carried out within established networks of actors and institutions. These networks include diverse agents such as public authorities on several organisational levels; private energy companies, incumbents supplying consumers and emerging companies delivering new technological solutions; established infrastructure, grids and supply methods; energy regulation, taxation and subsidies; resource
availability, domestic as well as imported fuels, and, related to this; energy security issues; political agreements for future energy supply and the methods used to combat climate change; and the companies and consumers who have to adopt technologies and pay energy bills.

This report presents a three-phase framework for carrying out strategic heat planning activities. These phases may depend upon contexts and scopes of analysis. Before beginning the analysis, an initial process to define the scope and goals of the strategic heat planning activities should be carried out.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-93541-06-1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2019

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