This project researches a sustainable district heating system in the Dutch city of Tilburg, developed with our consortium partners. The vision includes both ecological and social sustainability, and functions as the starting point for all parties involved to cooperate toward a sustainable and carbon neutral heat provision.

The vision visualizes the relations between all essential elements and stakeholders of the city's underground heating system, and maps how each potential pathway impacts the desired goals. It offers a clear roadmap for the implementation of its trajectory.

We developed the vision based on precedent research, an expert meeting, stakeholder interviews, detailed business case calculations for different scenario's, and a stakeholder feedback session. We worked with local stakeholders to develop and assess the vision to ensure a commonly shared vision.

The road map enables the implemenation of the vision. The visions document is richly illustrated and great care has been taken to generate insight in the vision and the reasoning behind it.

The vision is developed for:

  • Essent B.V.
  • Municipality of Tilburg
  • Attero B.V.
  • Brabant Water
  • MOED

May 21, 2013

Client & Partners

  • Tilburg
  • Attero
  • Brabant water
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Project team

  • Gerard Vink

    Communication Strategist
    Except Integrated Sustainability

  • Michiel van der Vight

    Senior Associate
    Except Integrated Sustainability

  • John Baken

    Overview B.V.

  • Tony Schoen

    Technical & Business Case Analyst
    Ovalen Tafel/ New Energy Works

  • Bart van der Ree


  • Max Oosterhuis

    Juridical Support
    Loyens & Loeff