01 Mar 2017

Renewable energy in District Heating and Cooling - Case Studies

This report examines renewable DHC potential up to 2030, based on three main technology pathways.

As this REmap sector study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows, renewables could feasibly supply more than one fifth of the energy needed for DHC worldwide. But to drive the transition, policy makers need to fully understand the costs, benefits and actual potential for renewable-based DHC.

The baseline “Reference Case” builds on current national energy plans in nine countries. The “REmap” case includes rapid scale-up within planned DHC capacity. The third pathway, “Structural Shift”, assumes expanded DHC capacity, with new networks fed entirely by renewables.