On the 14th of March the Kick-off event of the Green Deal Gasfree district had place in the city of Utrecht.
The event was organized by the ministry of Economic affairs and their executing agency (RVO), TNO and the NGO HIER klimaatbureau together. At least 80 participants were present during the event. The vast majority were policy officers from the over 30 partner municipalities, next to policy makers of national ministries and other governmental agencies. Other participants came from NGO’s, semi-government, umbrella organizations and a small set of private companies.
The first hour included an introduction and presentations from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and their executing agency RVO, next to some time for discussion and questions. After that, an informal matchmaking was planned, for 14 suppliers of a dedicated knowledge or process tool (institutes, governmental agencies, NGO’s, umbrella organizations and companies) to pitch their ideas and market-solutions. After lunch, three knowledge sharing sessions were organized each in a different and unique way. The topics of these sessions were: residents communication and involvement, process: how do you realize a gas-free neighbourhood? and about use of data/models.
The event was a successful kick-off of the Green Deal which inspires and generates an emerging consciousness for the need to shift towards sustainable heating of residential neighbourhoods. The event had multiple objectives which were achieved successfully: knowledge was shared, novel connections were established and eagerness for a continuation was triggered. Follow-up events are organized, in order to provide more in-depth sessions on specific topics.