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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.
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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)

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SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU, FAKULTET STROJARSTVA I BRODOGRADNJE

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 104 785

LANDESKAMMER FUER LAND UND FORTWIRTSCHAFT IN STEIERMARK

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 285 089,75

REGIONALNA ENERGETSKA AGENCIJA SJEVEROZAPADNE HRVATSKE

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 148 312,50

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 123 250

ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (ICLEI EUROPASEKRETARIAT GMBH)*

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 301 000

TEPLARENSKE SDRUZENI CESKE REPUBLIKY

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 201 505

BIEDRIBA ZEMGALES REGIONALA ENERGETIKAS AGENTURA

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 137 281,25

ZAVOD ENERGETSKA AGENCIJA ZA SAVINJSKO SALESKO IN KOROSKO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 132 462,50

LLC KT-ENERGY

Ukraine

EU Contribution

€ 197 750

INSTITUT ZA NUKLEARNE NAUKE VINCA

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 104 468,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 784966

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 April 2018

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.7.

H2020-EU.3.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 098 497,50

  • EU contribution

    € 2 098 488,50

Coordinated by:

DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FUR INTERNATIONALE ZUSAMMENARBEIT (GIZ) GMBH

Germany