Barriers and enablers for the expansion of district cooling 

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Society's need for cooling is growing. There are several reasons for this – for example, climate change, which has made it hotter in Sweden, and the increasing presence of electronics in our homes and workplaces, which creates additional heat. From this perspective, district cooling has the potential to become increasingly important. But that presupposes, of course, the existence of a market and customers who demand cooling. 

This project aims to deepen current knowledge of how property owners, property organisations and tenants, particularly tenants of commercial rental premises, view the opportunities and impediments to installing and using district cooling. How can district cooling be integrated into property owners' and tenants' long-term energy and environmental sustainability programmes? How can companies that are interested in delivering district cooling engage these potential customers, and particularly, how can they make district cooling a part of these customers' energy and environmental sustainability programmes? These questions are central to the focus of this study.

The project will contribute greater knowledge of how customers view and think about implementing district cooing. We also hope to be able to identify the potential impediments that should be cleared away to facilitate an expansion and what potential success routes exist. The project will increase knowledge of the technological and societal barriers to and driving forces for the establishment of new socio-technological systems. District cooling is an example of that.

The project will also study, at the behest of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, eco-labelling of district cooling and will assess market actors' interest in eco-labelling.

Funding provider: The Swedish Energy Agency, Svensk Fjärrvärme and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation

Researchers in the project