Earlier this month, the virtual kick-off meeting of R-ACES took place. The focus of R-ACES is to turn high-potential, high-impact industrial clusters into eco-regions that achieve at least a 10% reduction in emissions.
The new project aims to pave the road for effective energy exchange in industrial clusters across Europe. The challenge is to create meaningful impact on the heating and cooling energy demand. The potential for heat and cold exchange has been widely recognized.
However, this potential is underexploited due to a series of barriers hindering the development of low carbon industrial parks. Overcoming these barriers requires a systemic approach that integrates multiple disciplines, such as industrial symbiosis to understand synergies from a local standpoint and industrial ecology to provide systemic tools. R-ACES proposes this holistic approach.