Powering tomorrow & Mitigating heat urban island: unleashing the potential of sustainable cooling in Europe


  • DATE OF THE EVENT: December 4 , 2023
  • TIME: 14:00 - 15:30
  • LOCATION: Online

After another summer of unprecedented high temperatures and heat island effect, several cities around Europe experienced many challenges to implement efficient and effective cooling solutions without overburdening the electricity grids. In pursuing a more sustainable future, it is imperative to comprehend and manage the cooling demand of residential and non-residential buildings, such as data centres, across Europe.

In our previous webinar, “Powering Tomorrow & Mitigating Heat Urban Island: Unleashing the Potential of Sustainable Cooling in Europe”, moderator Emil Martini and speakers proposed a revolutionary approach to assess the future growth of cooling demand. They answered the challenges of increasing electricity demand with high peaks and the increasing effects of heat urban islands in summer. This strategic exploration of cooling demand considers climate change and building retrofitting variables. Using insights from European statistical sources and detailed building load profiles, the speakers showed it is possible to value the cooling demand for buildings in Europe for every country.

The challenges were illustrated by the case of the City of Valencia (Spain), where cooling demand severely impacted the electricity grid and the case of a data centre in Strasbourg (France). Renewable cooling (supplied by geothermal and solar thermal) technologies were presented to answer these challenges.

This event is supported by the COOLING DOWN EU project, funded under the LIFE Programme.  

The Presentations are available!  

14:00 Introductory remarksEmil Martini, EGEC Policy Associate 

14:05 – 14:20 Heat Island effect: an emerging problem in EuropeChiara Cagnazzo, Sectoral Information System Manager, Copernicus Climate Change Service, ECMWF

14:20 – 14:35 Cooling down methodology to assess the buildings’ cooling demand in EuropeMattia Chinello, Energy Engineer at RED srl.

14:35 – 14:50 Shallow Geothermal Cooling: the case of ValenciaBorja Badenes, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia.

14:50 – 15:05 Geothermal solutions to cool data centres, the example of Strasbourg Jean-Baptiste Bernard, Managing partner at ECOME Ingénierie

15:05 – 15:30 Q&A session and Conclusion 

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