SunHorizon participated in the 10th edition of Sustainable Places, hosted by the City of Nice in France from the 6th to the 9th of September 2022.
A renewed commitment and call to action on climate and getting sustainability done closed the Sustainable Places 2022. Sustainability targets and climate change objectives cannot be met without addressing buildings and the built environment at the building, district, and urban scale including our transport and energy infrastructures. Renowned for showcasing results coming out of the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme via the participation of cutting-edge research and innovation projects, the scope of Sustainable Places is captured directly in its name. It involves designing, building and retrofitting the places we live and work in a more sustainable way.
In this context, renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling are safe, clean, efficient and increasingly cost-competitive. In its vision 2050 prospective document, the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling – RHC ETIP – envisions that 100% renewable energy-based heating and cooling (100% RHC) in Europe is possible by 2050.
SunHorizon, together with other European-funded projects, has been part of Sustainable Places with the workshop “Renewable Heating and Cooling Solutions for Buildings and Industry”. It is related to the two previous RHC for Buildings and Industry Workshop at SP2020 and SP2021. Focused on the same topic which brought together a selection of H2020 EU-funded projects involving experts from biomass, geothermal, solar thermal and heat pump sectors to discuss a common strategy for increasing the use of renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling for buildings and industries.
This has been a perfect occasion for projects to pitch their progress and achievements to date. Interactive discussion slots have been organised to identify possible synergies, cooperation on horizontal issues or potential joint dissemination activities to maximise expected impacts.
In particular, SunHorizon participated in the session dedicated to demonstrating actions for RHC in buildings. The new SunHorizon Project Coordinator, Serena Scotton (RINA Consulting SpA), presented the project in general, followed by a panel discussion. Most of the questions raised were about the lessons learned were technical and also social related, e.g. the process of technology packages’ installation, the relation with the end-users and stakeholders and the post-project support to the end-users and the demo sites.
The presentation of the event is downloadable here.
All SP2022 presentations and recordings will be posted online on their respective web pages here.
Below you can find some photos taken during the presentation at the event.