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    Community Energy Co-creation Cross-Border Workshop & Excursion will be held on 2nd – 3rd April in Delft and Breda

    Posted January 10, 2020

    Study visit to Breda en Terheijden – first fossil-free town -; Front-runners in the Dutch heat transition.

    SHIFFT is organizing an excursion to Breda and Terheijden (the Netherlands) on Thursday 2 April 2020. The two cities are very active in the heat transition. The aim of the excursion and study day is to gain insights into how these frontrunners in the Dutch heat transition deal with the development of a local heat policy and the implementation of local projects. Special attention is paid to citizen engagement in the heat transition.

    Breda has been a leader in sustainability in the Netherlands for many years. Existing districts diverge from natural gas via the branching of a heat network and the replacement of energy infrastructure. In addition, much attention is paid to convincing households. A new residential area is also connected to a new heat installation with heat extracted from a sewage treatment plant.

    Terheijden, north of Breda, is known as the first “natural gas-free village” in the Netherlands. The natural gas infrastructure is being replaced by a low-temperature heat network. What sets the Terheijden approach apart is that the newly installed heat network is developed and managed cooperatively (by citizens). During the excursion, attention is paid to this initiative, how citizens were involved, and finally how the project was implemented.

    The European project SHIFFT examines how cities and municipalities can support and accelerate the transition to a fossil-free heat supply by drawing up a local heat policy, setting up participation processes and realizing concrete demonstration projects in green heat.

    More information on the website of the Interreg 2 Seas programme

    Programme Thursday 2nd of April 2020:

    9:00 Hop-on shuttle service – Breda central station

    9:30 Welcome at Municipality of Breda, Sacramentskerk, Zandberglaan 58, Breda

    9: 45 Introduction Interreg 2 Seas SHIFFT-project.

    10:00 – 10.30 Heat transition: strategy, co-creation, CO2-roadmap, dashboard – Paul Paree (Breda)

    10.30-11.00 Citizen engagement – target group approach energy transition – Ivo Derksen (Breda)

    11:00 Presentation BRES; role of energy cooperatives in the heat transition

    12:00 -13.30 Lunch with visit to Greenhopper in the Zandberg neighbourhood (in groups).

    13:30 -14:00: Presentation Greenhopper: citizen engagement actions Breda & BRES (Greenhopper, web-portal, energy poverty, Housing subscription, etc.) – Coen Vos (Breda)

    14:00 – 14:15 Return to municipality of Breda, Sacramentskerk, Zandberglaan 58, Breda.

    14:15 – 15:00 Presentation fossil-free Terheijden – professor Thomas Hoppe (TU Delft)

    15:00 – 17:30 Excursion with shuttlebus with stops ZonneWIJde (largest crowdfunded solar parc in The Netherlands), Hoge Vugt (fossil-free neighbourhood), Terheijden (first fossil-free town in The Netherlands)

    17:30 Drop-off shuttle service – Breda central station

    Participation is free but registration is mandatory via this webform