Accelerating the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency in cities through District Energy

Accelerating the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency in cities through District Energy
21 November 2019 14:10 - 14:25

Speaker: Celia Martinez Coordinator District Energy in Cities Initiative, United Nations Environment Programme

Globally, heating, cooling and hot water represent 60 per cent of the energy demand in buildings and it is largely met by fossil fuels. Measures to reduce demand and shift to supply sources and means that are consistent with our global climate and energy ambitions are urgently required. Modern district energy systems can reduce primary energy consumption for heating and cooling of urban buildings by up to 50%. Such systems create synergies between the production and supply of heat, cooling, domestic hot water and electricity and can be integrated with municipal systems such as power, sanitation, sewage treatment, transport and waste, and this means heating and cooling can be low-carbon and efficient and maximise ‘free’, renewable resources.

This presentation will go through the work performed by UN Environment ’s District Energy in Cities Initiative to support cities tackle the energy transition through district energy. The District Energy in Cities Initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership coordinated by UN Environment that provides technical assistance to local and national governments in developing countries and emerging economies to identify pilot projects and develop an enabling policy framework to accelerate the deployment of district heating and cooling systems.


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