Commission adopts first list of renewable energy cross-border projects


The European Commission has established the first list of renewable energy cross-border (CB RES) projects under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The list marks the start of the implementation of the window of CEF Programme, dedicated to renewable energy and decarbonisation. 

CB RES projects are identified by the CEF Regulation and aim to promote cross-border cooperation between Member States (and between Member States and non-EU countries) in the field of planning, development and cost-effective exploitation of renewable energy sources.

A very good news is that a cross-border district heating grid based on RES between Germany and Poland is included in the list:


Goerlitz (DE) and Zgorzelec (PL) will invest into RES heat generation and connect its district heating networks with a cross-border pipeline, to jointly supply the European city with climate-neutral district heating based on a RES generation of 160 GWh per year. Currently, a feasibility study is being carried out; the next step is to develop a concept for the transformation of the heat supply of the cities of Goerlitz and Zgorzelec respecting CO2 neutrality. Scenarios are to be developed and the use of regenerative technologies that can replace the currently used heat supply systems will be investigated. The project is expected to be realised by 2026.

It's the very first time a District Heating network is financed by CEF! So do not hesitate to ask for further information and, of course, we are open to support our members. To express your interest, just write to Gabriele at [email protected]