R-ACES – FRamework for Actual Cooperation on Energy on Sites and Parks

The vision of R-ACES is to support high-potential industrial parks and clusters to  become ecoregions that reduce their CO2 emissions by at least 10%. They do so by exchanging surplus energy, making extensive use of renewables, and bringing everything together with so-called smart energy management systems.

The R-ACES project is an initiative promoted by 8 partners from 6 European countries, with the vision to support high-potential industry parks and clusters to become fully fledged ecoregions that reduce emissions by at least 10 %. R-ACES means a step-change in the contribution of European Industry to the climate targets of the EU. The industry sector after all represents 25% of all energy demand – and 50% of the total cooling and heating demand on the continent; yet only 16% comes from renewables. By focusing on collective measures and clustering, the efficiency of industry can be drastically increased.


An ecoregion is an area where energy, material and information exchanges occur between various companies and actors to reduce waste and energy/ material consumption. Each region is centered on an (eco-)industrial park or (eco-)business park, linked to its surroundings by a 4th/ 5th generation district heating/ cooling network. The project condenses the knowledge and experience gathered throughout H2020 into a set of three focused tools embedded in selected support actions.

R-ACES Ecoregions

R-ACES set-up 3 pilot cases to test in a realistic environment the tools designed by the project and developed for industrial actors and other stakeholders. These pilots are in Antwerp, Nyborg and Lombardy.

A validation manual will be created for the adoption of additional 7 high-priority regions in Italy, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands. This will add up to 10 ecoregions. Another 80 ecoregions will be reached through dissemination activities.

The pilot ecoregions are located in Antwerp, Nyborg and Lombardy

Three practical tools

R-ACES develops three practical tools to support the entire process of organising an ecoregion and the collaboration inside of it. The 3 practical tools are the structuring element of the project. The tools incorporate existing knowledge and are conform to the needs of stakeholders in industrial clusters to support them during the implementation of their energy collaboration.

Self Assessment Tool

This self assessment tool consists in an assessment framework that covers multiple themes. It provides best practices, check lists to users and means to scan energy reduction potentials.

Energy Management Platform

This ICT-tool makes energy flows transparent, allows energy consumption & production to be allocated to specific installations, stakeholders & nodes, and identifies anomalies & opportunities.

Legal Decision Support Tool

This Legal Decision Support Tool is a practical and simple-to-use tool for management to decide on the required framework for energy cooperation.

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The R-ACES project is an answer to the call EE-6-2019 Business case for industrial waste heat/cold recovery. It aims to pave the road for effective energy exchange in industrial clusters across Europe.

Grant provider

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 892429

Sustainable development goals

This project contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Project partners

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