DH Baltic Sea; District heating collaboration in the Baltic Sea region

The DH Baltic Sea project is about sustainable district heating in the Baltic Sea region. It will focus on creating a transnational hub for exchange of knowledge.

DH Baltic Sea notes that the EU has identified district heating as a key technique for clean, resource-efficient and affordable heating in buildings and homes. On the other hand, it also notes that the district heating sector is facing real challenges. For example, the production of district heating from incineration of household waste and commercial waste of biomass has been questioned, due to third party entry issues. There is also a need for refurbishing old district heating systems, and old production units need to be replaced with fossil free and more energy efficient techniques. More residual heat sources need to be connected to the grid. In view of this, there is a need for transnational collaborations in the Baltic Sea region.

The DH Baltic Sea plans to set up a hub for district heating development and renewable heat production. The network will address and discuss issues related to district heating as well as exchanging knowledge and identify common future focus areas for cooperation. In the long term, the aim is to expand the network to include further countries. The activities include a kick-off meeting, study visits, and the formalization of the hub.