A workshop on financing renewable DHC systems was held in Turin

All speakers' presentations are now available to download



District heating is a cost-effective and sustainable technology, but its widespread adoption is limited due to financing and regulatory challenges.

The workshop titled "Financing renewable DHC systems: Good practices for investors and public authorities" was organized by the RES-DHC project and the WEDISTRICT project in collaboration with the Euroheat & Power Congress on 24 May in Turin.

This workshop analysed the role of public authorities as leaders of the energy transition, driving forward the decarbonisation agenda. It emphasised the importance of a supportive policy framework to tackle the main challenges and opportunities to accelerate the deployment of heat networks. Additionally, it emphasised the importance of paying attention to the need for investments, particularly from the private sector, to support public authorities in all of these efforts.


The workshop was divided into two sessions.

In the initial session, attendees had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the various financial incentives available in Switzerland, France, and Germany. They also delved into effective strategies and good practices aimed at assisting investors and public authorities in minimizing the risk associated with investments in District Heating and Cooling systems.

  • Álvaro Navarrete Armisén from Acciona Energia spoke about the financial barriers arising while applying the ESCO model to District Heating networks
  • Dirk Mangold from Solites explained why and where are renewable energy sources in DHC systems a financial challenge.
  • Nicolas Picou from AURA-EE presented the last DHC policies in France.
  • Stefan Thalmann from Verenum spoke about the long-term goals for DHC in Switzerland. 
  • Arnaud Susplugas from Kyotherm revealed the ingredients of selected successful renewable DHC system.

The second session consisted of a panel discussion, allowing ample time for the audience to interact, ask questions and share knowledge.

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You can download all speakers' presentations here.


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The RES-DHC project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 952873.