The Renovation Wave Strategy

The European Commission published on 14 October its Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings in the European Union. The Strategy aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency. The Strategy recognises district heating systems as being crucial elements of positive energy districts. Moreover, the Commission announced the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive by June 2021; this will provide a toolbox of measures to promote advanced heating and cooling, including highly efficient low-temperature renewable and waste heat and cold technologies, and the development of local and regional heating and cooling plans.

Check out the Factsheet of the Strategy!

Source: European Union

EU Strategy for Energy System Integration

In June 2020, the European Commission adopted the EU Strategy for Energy System Integration. The Strategy emphasises the role of the district heating systems in sector coupling. The heating sector can be coupled with the power sector through the roll-out of heat pumps as a way for building electrification. Moreover, to ensure that local energy sources are sufficiently and effectively used, waste heat from industrial sites should be reused, on-site or trough district heating and cooling networks.

Source:  European Union

Renewable energy prospects for Central and South-Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity 2020 IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has just published a Renewable Energy Roadmap (REmap) analysis for the Central and South-Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity (CESEC) area. The results also include possibilities for integration of renewable sources in district heating in Energy Community Contracting Parties (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine). According to study, renewable resources that can be integrated in CESEC region are solid biomass and geothermal. Read more about it REmap CESEC 2020 .

Source: International Renewable Energy Agency

The World Bank Agenda for District Heating Reforms in Ukraine

Due to the electricity and gas sectors’ transition towards market-based arrangements, the Ukrainian district heating (DH) sector is faced with major technical, commercial, financial, operational, and institutional challenges. The World Bank published in May 2019 a report analysing the status of DH sector reforms and the remaining challenges. The report also identified proposals on how these challenges could be overcome. Find out more about the proposals for DH reforms in Ukraine:  the Report

Source: The World Bank

Making district heating happen: Empowering users through fair metering –  Policy paper on infrastructure

In December 2018, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development commissioned the policy paper on the promotion of consumption based billing (CBB) and demand side management (DSM) in the district heating sector, built on the experiences of different stakeholders from several countries, including Energy Community Contracting Parties: Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Moldova, Ukraine and Serbia. It identifies legal and regulatory measures to enable and incentivise stakeholders to implement CBB and DSM reform. Read more about the Paper.

Source: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Biomass-based heating in the Western Balkans – A roadmap for sustainable development

The sector study on biomass-based heating in the Western Balkans was published in October 2017, produced by the World Bank with the support of the Energy Community Secretariat. The  study is financially supported by the European Western Balkans Joint Fund under the Western Balkans Investment Framework. The aim of the study is to identify viable investment options and determine policy measures to increase the use of biomass for heating in a sustainable manner. Read more about the Study.

Source: World Bank

Renewable energy in district heating and cooling –  A sector roadmap for REmap

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) delivered in March 2017 the study on the renewable district heating and cooling potential up to 2030 on the global level, examining nine countries worldwide – China, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Japan, the United States (US), Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Read more about the REmap .

Source: International Renewable Energy Agency

Efficient district heating and cooling systems in the EU

In 2016, the European Union conducted the study on efficient district heating and cooling systems, providing case studies in several Member States and detecting the success factors leading to a high quality, efficient and sustainable DHC service: adequate national policy and regulatory environment, direct/indirect financial support, focused local policy and coherence with urban planning, alignment of interests and cooperation between local and national authorities, etc. Read more about the Study .

Source: European Commission

Heat roadmap Europe 2050 – Study for the EU27

Addressing the lack of inclusion of district heating potential in contributing to the decarbonisation goal in the Energy Roadmap 2050 of the European Union, the Aalborg University has published in cooperation with Euroheat & Power two studies   the first one in May 2012 and the second one in May 2013. The reports address individual Member States and the potential and impact of implementing various energy efficiency measures in the heating and cooling sectors. Read more about the studies Heat Roadmap Europe 1: First Pre-Study for the EU27 and Heat Roadmap Europe 2 Second Pre-Study for the EU27

Source: Aalborg University’s research portal