Vera Eckert, The Times of India
Swedish utility Vattenfall expects strong growth in its environmentally-friendly communal heating network in Berlin and Hamburg as urban areas grow, a top executive said, helping Germany's efforts to cut emissions from power generation.
With one third of all electricity produced in Germany already coming from renewables, the country is next looking to reform residential heating, which accounts for 40 percent of energy-derived carbon dioxide emissions.
Communal, or district, heating networks - which generate heat in central plants and pump hot water into homes via underground networks - will play a central role in that switch and are part of a long tradition in Germany and Nordic countries.
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