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Western Balkans urged to embrace renewable energy for district heating

By District Energy posted 05-16-2024 08:43




Fossil fuels are still being burned in district heating networks across the Western Balkans, despite the pressing need to prepare for the transition to green energy. 

A report from CEE Bankwatch Network finds that 97% of heat supplied in district networks in the region is currently produced from fossil fuels, with only around 3% originating from renewables, primarily unsustainable forest biomass.

The transition to renewable energy in district heating systems is crucial not only for environmental sustainability but also for achieving broader decarbonisation goals, says the NGO. However, financing for such projects remains limited, with current streams primarily accessible to well-established cities with proven renewable energy sources.

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