05 – 06 December 2019 |Belgrade, Serbia
In the framework of the project 'Energy Solutions for Cities of the Future', and in collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Ministry of Mining and Energy of Serbia, IRENA organised a capacity building event on the integration of low-temperature renewable energy sources into district energy systems targeting in particular Southeast Europe. This activity built on the preliminary results of a guidebook for policy-makers titled “Facilitating the Integration of Low Temperature Renewable Energy Sources in District Heating and Cooling Networks” and was tailored to the specific barriers and needs of the region.
Under the umbrella of the Global Geothermal Alliance, this capacity building workshop aimed to increase the knowledge of local and national policy-makers and key stakeholders, on options and existing tools to facilitate fuel switch to renewable energy in district energy in cities.
The event focused on four main areas:
The event was held in Belgrade, Serbia, from 5 December to 6 December 2019, back-to-back with a complementary event led by the EBRD on the Renewable District Energy in the Western Balkans Programme (the ReDEWeB Programme).
The full agenda of the event is available here.
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Panel I: Strategic heating and cooling planning
Developing an effective strategic heating/cooling plan: What key success factors? - Nis Bertelsen, Aalborg University
How can geothermal resource assessment and mapping influence decision-making for district heating: Experience from Hungary and the Danube Region - Annamaria Nador, Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary
Panel II: Improving the enabling frameworks for the integration of renewable and excess heat sources in district heating and cooling
Lessons learned and perspectives from the industry - Paul Voss, Euroheat & Power
Panel IV: Enabling Framework Conditions, Financing and Business Models
Renewable energy market analysis for South-East Europe, Focus on heating and cooling - Emanuele Bianco, IRENA
Ownership structure, financing, and regulation: Experience and innovative approaches - Søren Roth Djørup, Aalborg University
Challenges and solutions for financing renewable energy and efficient district energy systems - Gebrail, Greg, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Perspectives from the private sector - Eirikur Bragason, Arctic Green Energy Europe
credits: Milica Knežević for SMEITS©2019