Renewable energy in District Heating and Cooling - Case Studies
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.