On 8th March 2017 the FosterREG partners TNO and the Municipality of Utrecht became partners of the Green Deal Gasfree districts. The Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, thirty municipalities, five distributed system operators, twelve provinces and other partners signed in Utrecht a Greendeal in order to heat homes in a different way than with natural gas. This Green Deal fits into the ambition of a low CO2 Dutch society in 2050. Each of the municipalities have set-up initiatives to make existing neighborhoods gas free, in consultation with residents and other local partners.
The municipality of Utrecht has been one of the initiating of this Greendeal and is one of the frontrunners on this important topic in the Netherlands. TNO has played an important role in helping setting up this Greendeal and including FosterREG topics like knowledge sharing and public capacity building as an important aspect of the deal. TNO will together with other parties organize the knowledge sharing program as part of this Greendeal. In the upcoming months knowledge sharing and training activities will be organized for theses 30 municipalities and other interested municipalities covering topics that are core of the FosterREG project.