This webpage was created as part of the UpgradeDH project. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 785014.
District energy is a modern solution to traditional challenges.
In Europe, heating and cooling accounts for half of all energy consumption and around 40% of GHG emissions. Only 15% of this heat is generated from renewable energy.
District energy delivers sustainable heating and cooling, connecting local resources to local needs, reducing both energy demand and GHG emissions in the process. To become the chosen heating solution across Europe, district heating needs investment from national governments and support from local citizens.
How does it work for cities?
- In Lithuania, district heating accounts for a 56% share of the total heat market. The technology is well established here and delivers a variety of benefits to both society and individual consumers. Compared to other EU countries, the price of heat supplied by district heating is one of the lowest. This is important in a country where Winters bring very low temperatures. By capturing waste heat from industrial processes and integrating modern renewable energy, district heating networks will function as the backbone of the energy transition in Lithuania, enabling us to pursue our goal of climate neutrality.
- District heating has been used to supply heat to urban areas in Bosnia & Herzegovina for several decades due to the efficient nature of the system. Today, we are focused on upgrading these systems to modern standards. By implementing further energy efficiency measures, we are reducing our overall energy consumption. While these systems have traditionally been powered by fossil fuels, we now see the uptake and integration of renewable energy such as biomass. This is the future; the future is green.
- In Italy, we have a long way to go, in developing our district heating and cooling networks. Currently, only 3% of the heat demand is met by district heating. We are lagging behind the rest of Europe. However, there is a lot of activity going on in the sector. In 2019, 24% of the heat supplied to district heating networks in Italy was renewable.
District heating is a system for distributing heat through a network of hot water pipes for residential and commercial heating requirements, such as space and water heating.
At its core, district heating and cooling is about connecting local energy sources with local needs.
District energy is a community-based solution that will play a key role in the sustainable cities we want to live in.
District heating currently accounts for around 12% of heating in Europe. With the right investments, this share could grow to 50% by 2050.