Citizens of Balti, Moldova’s second-largest city, will benefit from more efficient district heating thanks to a new €15 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to state-owned company CET Nord JSC. The company provides district heating services to around 70 per cent of the city’s population, as well as to numerous public buildings and commercial entities.
Europe’s heating sector continues to be entirely dominated by fossil fuels. According to the latest Global Renewables’ Status Report , few countries and cities are making progress in planning and supporting progressive, locally adapted solutions that work for citizens, for the economy, and for the environment. Well, not entirely: An indomitable city in Bosnia and Herzegovina aspires to become the role model for the heat transition in the Balkans. Tuzla.
“Increasing generation from distributed renewables, reducing the use of fossil fuel resources, and the electrification of transport and heating all require a broad portfolio of flexibility options, posing new challenges but also creating new opportunities for the management of energy infrastructure. National and local governments, together, are well placed to implement a broad range of innovative policy, financing and technological solutions that will support inclusive, flexible and resilient net-zero energy transitions in cities.”