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Improving the performance of district heating systems in Central and East Europe

Objective

The Project “Improving the performance of district heating systems in East Europe” – or KeepWarm for short – targets the largest energy user in the EU: Energy demand for heating and cooling (49%). Relying on district heating systems for heat generation is the most effective solution in densely populated areas. However, many district heating systems (DHS) are highly energy inefficient and need to be modernized. Considering that the predominant energy sources used are still fossil fuels (oil, gas or coal) makes interventions ever more urgent. Both statements hold especially for East European countries where old, inefficient district heating systems, mostly fueled by fossil sources, urgently need to be modernized.

The unique feature of KeepWarm is its combination of concrete work at pilot systems and its close alignment with national and European multipliers to disseminate this experience broadly. The latter incudes close interaction with potential investors and fund managers to increase the likelihood that KeepWarm business plans receive the necessary funding. The project promotes EU goals of improved and environmental friendly heating and cooling but adapts its exploitation strategy to distinct national windows of opportunities.

KeepWarm will work intensively with DHS in seven countries (i) to increase the energy efficiency of these systems; and (ii) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting a switch from fossil to renewable fuels. This is most urgently needed in the case of large-scale DH systems that are mostly found in Eastern Europe, the focus of this project. Likewise, it is important to ensure that existing DHS that run on renewables do not switch back to fossil fuels.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

H2020-EE-2017-CSA-PPI
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FUR INTERNATIONALE ZUSAMMENARBEIT (GIZ) GMBH
Address
Dag Hammarskjold Weg 1-5
65760 Eschborn
Germany
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 362 583,75

Participants (10)

SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU, FAKULTET STROJARSTVA I BRODOGRADNJE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 104 785
Address
Ivana Lucica 5
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LANDESKAMMER FUER LAND UND FORTWIRTSCHAFT IN STEIERMARK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 285 089,75
Address
Hamerlinggasse 3
8010 Graz
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
REGIONALNA ENERGETSKA AGENCIJA SJEVEROZAPADNE HRVATSKE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 148 312,50
Address
Andrije Zaje 10
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 123 250
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (ICLEI EUROPASEKRETARIAT GMBH)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 301 000
Address
Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg Im Breisgau
Activity type
Other
TEPLARENSKE SDRUZENI CESKE REPUBLIKY
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 201 505
Address
Partyzanska 1/7 Holesovice
170 00 Praha
Activity type
Other
BIEDRIBA ZEMGALES REGIONALA ENERGETIKAS AGENTURA
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 137 281,25
Address
Liela Street 11
3001 Jelgava
Activity type
Other
ZAVOD ENERGETSKA AGENCIJA ZA SAVINJSKO SALESKO IN KOROSKO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 132 462,50
Address
Koroska Cesta 37A
3320 Velenje
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
LLC KT-ENERGY
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 197 750
Address
Biloruska Street House 15B Apartment 22
04119 Kyiv
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT ZA NUKLEARNE NAUKE VINCA
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 104 468,75
Address
Mihajla Petrovica Alasa 12
11307 Vinca Beograd
Activity type
Other