Presentatie, gehouden op 24 april op de ESEIA (European sustainability energy innovation alliance) conferentie aan de universiteit van Twente.This presentation investigates the decision making process which precedes the implementation phase of a waste heat network. Based on a literature study, in-depth interviews, a workshop at the national heat network congress (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and a (digital) survey, we derive parameters which according to stakeholders impact the decision making process of establishing (waste) heat networks. Subsequently these parameters are evaluated by means of the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) to calculate the weights of mutual hierarchy between the parameters. Based on this AHP analysis we argue that trust, mutual and clear agreements and the presence of a common goal are important factors for the successful establishment of a waste heat network. By categorizing data over the various stakeholders we conclude that the importance of specific parameters lack consistency and as a result require additional attention while implementing the waste heat network.