Founding Partners

Swedish Environment Research Institute

IVL, the Swedish Environment Research Institute, is one of two founding partners of the collaboration. IVL was jointly founded in 1966 by the Swedish state and national business interests to carry out research on industrial air and water issues. Today we are an environmental agency concentrating on much more. Common to all of our assignments is the interaction between ecological, economic and social perspectives. We combine applied research and development with close collaboration between industry and the public sphere. Our consultancy is evidence-based, and our research is characterized by interdisciplinary science and system thinking.IVL has expertise in district energy business modelling, energy system analyses and life cycle analyses.

Kristina Lygnerud is associate Professor in Industrial and Financial Economics as well as senior advisor at the Swedish Environment Research Institute (IVL). Kristina is specialized in business model innovation in district energy and has worked extensively with unlocking urban waste heat recovery in several, EU funded (H2020) projects. Prior to joining IVL Kristina worked in a multi utility company, as risk manager when building a new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in combination with a new sewage water treatment unit. Since 2018 Kristina is on the board of the European research and technology platform for district energy, DHC+. In January, 2021 she was elected chair for a mandate period of 3 years.

Resourceful Futures

Resourceful Futures is one of the two founding partners of the TEN21 collaboration. Resourceful Futures works with policy makers and investors to accelerate development of the policy and technical features of net zero projects to unlock significant investment flows into the relevant sector. Resourceful Futures is very active in net zero heat and is currently advising the UK Government, Codema (the Decarbonisation Energy Authority for Dublin, Ireland) on development of programme approaches and systems to massively upscale activity levels. Resourceful Futures’s model is built around principles of collaboration across borders.

Chris Garside is a UK qualified major projects lawyer and former legal and commercial director and investment director of a low carbon UK investment fund, now listed. Chris helped form one of the UK’s first specialist legal teams in thermal energy distribution and has a keen interest in bringing together innovation and finance through intelligent interaction to speed up improvements in system designs and outcomes.


Energy Modelling Lab

Energy Modelling Lab is specialised in designing and building energy system optimisation models from national scale down to district heating areas. The company is a spin-off from the energy system analysis group from the Technical University of Denmark. EML are using models to capture all the system interaction and competition between solutions that is difficult fully grasp even for experts. Kenneth Karlsson is director and partner in EML and has more than 20 years of experience in energy system modelling both as researcher and consultant. He is advising Governments in green transition of their energy systems, district heating companies in investment strategies and technology companies in the role of their technologies in the future energy system.

EML also builds result-interfaces making modelling results accessible to decision makers and use interactive workshops for designing scenarios for possible solutions.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Popovic

Tobias Popovic, who is a Professor of Corporate & Sustainable Finance and Co-Head of the Centre for Sustainable Economics & Management (CSEM) at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, is contributing his profound experience in sustainable infrastructure finance and green infrastructure investments to TEN21. He is currently working on business models of district energy 2050 in collaboration with the IEA and on identifying efficient investor relations for low temperature implementations by means of H2020 support. In the context of the EU funded project REWARDHeat together with his team he is currently developing financing instruments for DHCN as well approaches for attracting investors.


EURAC is an Italian research institute specialized in low temperature District Heating and Cooling networks. It is at the forefront of low temperature implementations in innovation action projects funded by the European Commission. With a unique cutting edge in technologies and management approaches, the organization has the capacity to design and validate the implementation of low temperature solutions.


NODA Intelligent Systems provides thermal AI solutions throughout the value chain of a project. For successful low temperature implementation digitalization is key. NODA has been developing cutting edge AI solutions for the energy, property and automation industries for more than 15 years. NODA is based in Sweden with partner offices in Europe, North America and Asia.


DEVCCO is a Nordic company that has been a leading global developer of District Cooling for the past +25 years with extensive international experience in strategic planning and policy making for governments, utilities, property developers and industries as well as governance and management partner to Cities and Utilities when initiating new District Cooling businesses from idea to operating District Cooling utility.  The DEVCCO management team has been involved in more than 50% of the European District Cooling developments such as Stockholm, Copenhagen and Amsterdam over the last 25 years and has successfully developed and completed District Cooling projects globally representing investments of > $2.5 billion and CO2 reductions of > 2,5 million tons/year.