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Green heat will be an integral part of the Flemisch Government Energy policy


Green heat will be an integral part of the Flemisch Government Energy policy

With this first pipe laying, the expansion of the district heating project Nieuw Zuid in Antwerp is launched. The Flemish Government wants green heating and heat networks in general to make out an integral part of the energy policy in the future. Yesterday, Minister of Energy Annemie Turtelboom helped the first tube of the heating network in the ground which is a part of the new district Nieuw Zuid in Antwerp . A large-scale, future-oriented project for the city but also for Flanders. "Five thousand people in Nieuw Zuid will be able to warm themselves in 2025 with this new, large-scale network," said Annemie Turtelboom. "In 2020 about 1000 homes will be connected to this heat source. I strongly believe in this kind of future projects, especially in cities such as Antwerp. It is also an inexpensive way to achieve our goals around renewable energy. This heating project will be 6 to 14 times cheaper than using green power. We want Flanders in 2020 to be using more than 22 percent more green heat than today. Today far too much waste heat is lost, produced by industrial sectors amongst others. It is therefore the aim of this district heating project that it will be supplied with one hundred percent residual heat from the industry in the future.”

Green heat could supply up a third up to half of the Belgian goal by 2020, in a cheaper way than green electric power - Minister of energy, Annemie Turtelboom

The Flemish Government has made three calls in the past to submit projects for district heating networks, which could count on financial support from the government. These calls had moderate success. Flemish Energy Minister Annemie Turtelboom wants to promote the development of heat networks the upcoming years and include them as an integral part of the Flemish energy policy. The budget for the next call will be higher than that of the previous calls.

The next call for green heat in August will have an increased budget to support such a project. In total this will be 10.25 million euros. In contrast to 8.2 million euros for the previous green energy call. Also in future more budget will be foreseen to support district heating networks. A conscious choice, since green heat can play an important role in achieving the 2020 objectives.

Green heat is now seen as an integral part of the Flemish energy policy. To exploit the potential in Flanders, to fulfill the ambitions and to close the gap with other (mainly Scandinavian) countries, it is necessary to acknowledge green heat as a mature energy source and to give it the necessary support. This includes a customized financing, in the form of investment support.

Green heat can fill one-third to half of the Belgian goal by 2020, this in a cheaper way than with green power: 6 to 14 times cheaper. If Flanders realises one percent more green heat, then you actually have two percent green power for the same effort. In the Flemish Region about 55 percent of total gross final heat consumption serves as heating and cooling. Electricity has a share of 22 percent. Today much residual heat is lost, heat produced in industrial sectors amongst others.

The support for green heat will be expanded to future projects who might have been not considered in the past. So it will be possible in light of the next call for green heat to submit projects that are associated with geothermal energy. The one that will use heat from deep below the surface of the earth to heat buildings and homes, will be able to count on support from the Flemisch government in future.

Flanders currently has a disadvantage compared to other neighboring countries when it comes to heating networks. For example, Denmark has 30,000 kilometers of heating pipes and two-thirds of all heat consumers are connected to it. The existing heat networks in Belgium are being mapped by VITO. This map will be ready later this year. Currently there are plans in place in Antwerp, Kortrijk and Menen for the development of new district heating networks. In addition, a heat atlas is being developed, which must demonstrate where the installation of heat networks could cost effective.


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