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Transition towards district heating in belgium : challenges, development and prospect

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Addressing energy shortage problem, is one of the most complex matters that the world is facing nowadays. Within this context, in contrast to northern European countries, the Belgian heat supply sector based on building and dwelling heating devices is mainly decentralized, while more efficient and centralized methods such as District Heating is scarcely found. However, during the last years the interest in District Heating projects has experimented a steady and growth. The evolution and development of such path has confronted and overcome varying challenges, policies incentives, market and society scenarios. The present paper provides an update of the District Heating sector in Belgium, with the focus on the development in the last 5 years. Even though there is a well understanding among much of the stakeholders about the necessity of increase the share of sustainable energy sources, there still are predominant some conflict of interest and disagreement about how to achieve this paradigm shift. Hence, this study assesses the prospect of the future increase of District Heating use in the country by mean of a multi-actor analysis perspective. The approach looks forward to systematically explore the system and actor dynamics, to gather synergy between all relevant actors and achieve a sustainable and feasible framework. The study indicates that multi-actor approach will strengthen cooperation opportunities, increase the attractiveness of the business model and will contribute to precipitate the transition to a sustainable energy base in the country.
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Sustainability, district heating system (DHS), multi-actor analysis, energy legislation.

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Prinzie, Tom, Caroline Van Marcke, Julio Vaillant Rebollar, and Arnold Janssens. 2018. “Transition Towards District Heating in Belgium : Challenges, Development and Prospect.” In Memorias Quinto Congreso Internacional Medio Ambiente Construido y Desarrollo Sustentable, 811–822. La Habana: Ministerio de Educacion Superior.
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Prinzie, T., Van Marcke, C., Vaillant Rebollar, J., & Janssens, A. (2018). Transition towards district heating in belgium : challenges, development and prospect. Memorias Quinto Congreso Internacional Medio Ambiente Construido y Desarrollo Sustentable (pp. 811–822). Presented at the MACDES.2018, La Habana: Ministerio de Educacion Superior.
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Prinzie T, Van Marcke C, Vaillant Rebollar J, Janssens A. Transition towards district heating in belgium : challenges, development and prospect. Memorias Quinto Congreso Internacional Medio Ambiente Construido y Desarrollo Sustentable. La Habana: Ministerio de Educacion Superior; 2018. p. 811–22.
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Prinzie, Tom et al. “Transition Towards District Heating in Belgium : Challenges, Development and Prospect.” Memorias Quinto Congreso Internacional Medio Ambiente Construido y Desarrollo Sustentable. La Habana: Ministerio de Educacion Superior, 2018. 811–822. Print.
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  abstract     = {Addressing energy shortage problem, is one of the most complex matters that the world is facing nowadays. Within  this  context,  in  contrast  to  northern  European  countries,  the  Belgian  heat  supply  sector  based  on building and dwelling heating devices is mainly decentralized, while more efficient and centralized  methods such  as  District  Heating  is  scarcely  found.  However,  during  the  last  years  the  interest  in  District  Heating projects has experimented a steady and growth. The evolution and development of such path has confronted and  overcome  
varying  challenges,  policies  incentives,  market  and  society  scenarios.    The  present  paper provides an update of the District Heating sector in Belgium, with the focus on the development in the last 5 years.  Even  though  there  is  a  well  understanding  among  much  of  the  stakeholders  about  the  necessity  of increase  the  share  of  sustainable  energy  sources,  there  still  are  predominant  some  conflict  of  interest  and disagreement about how to achieve this paradigm shift. Hence, this study assesses the prospect of the future increase of District Heating use in the country by mean of a multi-actor analysis perspective. The approach looks forward to systematically explore the system and actor dynamics, to gather synergy between all relevant actors and  achieve  a sustainable and  feasible  framework.  The study indicates that  multi-actor approach  will strengthen cooperation opportunities, increase the attractiveness of the business model and will contribute to precipitate the transition to a sustainable energy base in the country.},
  articleno    = {M-07-035},
  author       = {Prinzie, Tom and Van Marcke, Caroline and Vaillant Rebollar, Julio and Janssens, Arnold},
  booktitle    = {Memorias Quinto Congreso Internacional Medio Ambiente Construido y Desarrollo Sustentable},
  isbn         = {9789592615854},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {La Habana},
  pages        = {M-07-035:811--M-07-035:822},
  publisher    = {Ministerio de Educacion Superior},
  title        = {Transition towards district heating in belgium : challenges, development and prospect},
  year         = {2018},
}