Webinar: Enabling Framework Conditions, Financing and Business Models for District Heating and Cooling

14 May 2020 |Webinar

In the framework of the “Energy Solutions for Cities of the Future” project, and under the umbrella of the Global Geothermal Alliance, IRENA is organising a series of three webinars to increase the knowledge of local and national policy-makers, and other key stakeholders on the available options and tools to facilitate fuel switch to renewable energy in district heating and cooling networks in cities.

The webinars are organised in partnership with Aalborg University and build on the on-going work to develop a guidebook titled, Enabling the Integration of Low-Temperature Renewable Energy Sources in District Heating and Cooling Networks', which will feature case-study presentations from different parts of the world.

Please find the recording and presentations of the first webinar titled, “Strategic heating and cooling planning for the integration of low-temperature renewable energy sources in district energy networks: What key success factors?”

The second webinar was used to present the governance aspects affecting renewable-based district energy systems. These include regulations governing renewable energy resource extraction and utilisation, and pricing of the energy for space heating. Available financing options as well as appropriate business models to ensure realisation of wider societal objectives and profitability of district energy systems were also presented.

Webinar 2: Enabling Framework Conditions, Financing and Business Models for District Heating and Cooling


Introduction – Integration of Low-Temperature Renewable Energy Sources into District Heating and Cooling Networks - Jack Kiruja, IRENA 

Ownership Structure, Financing, and Regulation for District Heating and Cooling: Experience and Innovative Approaches - Søren Djørup, Aalborg University

Financing Renewable and Efficient District Energy Systems: Opportunities and Challenges - Greg Gebrail, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Q&A (part 1)

Developing Enabling Frameworks for Geothermal Heating: The Case of The Netherlands - Paul Ramsak, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

Geothermal District Heating and Cooling: Perspectives from the Industry– Dr. Marit Brommer, International Geothermal Association (IGA)

Q&A (Part 2)

Moderator: Jack Kiruja, IRENA