District heating is regarded as an efficient renewable heat supply for both urban and rural areas. Despite requirements of European law, only a handful of central European regions have so far introduced effective policies promoting high-renewables district heating. Incentive schemes have boosted this process, especially in areas not reached by natural gas or where wood biomass is locally available. However, a significant number of these investments is experiencing sustainability problems, both from a technical and economic perspective
The ENTRAIN project aims at improving the capacities of public authorities to develop and implement local strategies and action plans for enhancing the use of endogenous renewable energy sources in small district heating networks, whether it is solar, biomass, waste heat, heat pumps or geothermal energy.
Implementation of these action plans will lead to a CO2 emission reduction, to an improvement of local air quality and to socio-economic benefits for local communities through the growths of technical expertise, the start-up of investments and innovative financial tools.
More information will follow soon.