European project W4RES

Tapping into the potential of women for supporting renewable energy in the heating and cooling market

The Heating and Cooling market represents 50% of the total energy consumed in Europe per year for either domestic, or industrial purposes. Based on Heating and Cooling market’s high dependence on fossil fuels, W4RES market-oriented action plan tackles the need of replacing fossil fuels by renewable energy sources (RES) in a gender-responsive scenario.

W4RES project aims to scale-up the involvement of women in the market deployment and uptake of Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC) solutions via replicable support measures tested and validated across the 8 respective countries. The basic project concept stems from the recognition that women hold great promise as agents of change, helping us progress faster towards our climate and energy targets for 2030.

W4RES will focus on 8 diverse yet representative markets within the heating and cooling sector: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, and Slovakia and its challenges: current European conditions hindering or favouring the uptake of RES in heating and cooling; challenges and recommendations for the beforementioned countries; and, on how women can tackle market uptake barriers and drive the deployment of RHC solutions.

Steinbeis 2i will select 50 European RHC projects led by women who will benefit from W4RES’ hands-on market uptake support services adapted to their challenges. The support measures include technical assistance & consultancy to help women to set-up and deploy gender responsive RHC solutions and business & innovation support services to facilitate and accelerate RHC market uptake.

A global online hub will showcase national RHC networking initiatives, relevant RHC networks, findings, good practices and co-creation activities to define new measures to boost the RHC market uptake. Concurrently Regional Hubs will be established to engage regional stakeholders and, to facilitate the delivery of RHC market uptake support measures.

The consortium will coordinate national campaigns oriented towards Civil Society, Market Actors, Academia, Authorities and Policy Makers to raise awareness about the particular uptake challenges of each region through social media, seminars, webinars and networking & matchmaking events.

In order to share the findings and best practices of the project, W4RES consortium will organise a series of hackathons and trainings. Finally, an exclusive guide will be created to show how policy makers can replicate W4RES’ support measures, including actionable recommendations for more informed and gender responsive RHC policy, market support and financial frameworks.

Project duration: 11/2020 - 10 /2023

Participating countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway and Slovakia


Q-Plan International Advisors PC, Greece (W4RES Coordinator), Agenzia per La Promozione della Ricerca Europea, Italy, Civiesco SRL, Italy, Steinbeis 2i GMBH, Germany, Women Engage for a common Future e.v., Germany, Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, Germay, EUREC EESV, Belgium, White Research SPRL, Belgium, Pedal Consulting SRO, Slovakia, Energieagentur der Plovdiv Association, Bulgaria, Europäische  Grüne Städte APS, Denmark, European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT), Norway

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