“We need to talk about the real possibility for emission free, green and livable neighbourhoods and cities” was the starting point of the Heat Pump City of the Year Award.

The trophy is awarded every year by the European Heat Pump Association to honor the action of European municipalities in the endeavor towards improved environmental quality and in their fight against climate change.

Cities are today already responsible for 70% of CO2 emissions (a large part of it from heating) and clear skies are a major challenge.

At the same time, cities command the financial means to execute energy projects with the final aim of decarbonizing their heating and cooling sector. Multiplying the best available solutions across Europe is the aim of the award.

The “heatpump city of the year”-award shall:

  • Create positive stories for all cities, providing role models and real examples of decarbonized heating and cooling, useful for all cities
  • Provide smart cities best practice examples to increase the knowledge about their existance
  • Raise people’s awareness on the potential for integrated system based on heat pump technologies

For this year’s edition a jury of experts has evaluated 20 applications looking for the best combination of: impact on energy demand reduction and CO2 emission, replication potential, Integration with other green technologies including sector connection and Innovation.

After initial evaluation the jury has shortlisted 3 projects that will participate to the grand finale of the Award on the 11th of May in Brussels during the evening reception of the DecarbHeat2017 Forum.

The 3 finalists are:

  • Berlin (DE) with the project Decarb Garden City
  • Trondheim (NO) with the project Moholt 50|50
  • Vienna (AT) with its citywide heat pumps promotion strategy

Celine Fremault, Brussels Region’s Minister of Housing, Quality of Life, Environment and Energy will hand over the trophy to the winner right after a short round of introduction of the 3 finalists.

The 2017 winner will join the growing list of heat pump cities: Etten-Leur(NL), Amstetten(AT), Viborg(DK), Olot(ES), Mäntsälä(FI) and Hylke(DK) in the HPCY hall of fame. These projects, together with many others from the previous editions, will be presented this year to the European Commission as a blueprint to be used all around Europe to decarbonize the heating and cooling sector.