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Current market situation

The heat sector represents a large segment of Russia’s energy demand, accounting for one third of the country’s fossil fuel consumption. Improving the sector’s efficiency is fundamental to achieving Russia’s energy efficiency goals.
Traditionally, Russia used large Soviet-design central stations that would heat  large districts, pushing hot water through many kilometers of distribution pipes.  While this inefficient model is being phased out through heat reforms and more  modular designs, the district heating sector still has significant energy savings  potential and opportunity to reduce costs and improve quality. Whereas the final  heat consumption of Russia is estimated at 114 million tonnes of oil equivalent  (Mtoe), the overall energy saving capacity of the heat supply systems in Russia is  equal to 31.2 Mtoe, or about 12 percent of the global heat consumption (259 Mtoe  in 2008).

To meet this potential up tp 70% of the Russian district heating infrasturcture  needs replacement or maintenance, estimated by the Russian government. There  is also a great need for metering equipment that can provide accurate informtion  on actual sonsumption in order improve regulation and management of the DH  systems

Heat policy also has strong economic and social implications since the heating period in Russia lasts up to 10 months, and about 73 percent of the Russian population—92 percent in urban areas and 20 percent in rural areas—depend on Russia’s district heating sector. A major challenge for the sector has been artificially low heat tariffs that reduse investments and results in a large drain on the federal budget do to heat subsidies.

Source (US deparment of energy 2012).

Reports and presentations
DBDH Agreements of cooperation
  • Non-Commercial Partnership Russian Heat Supplying, oktober 2004 –
  • Memorandum of Understanding Energy Saving Centre of Ugra, June 2012
  • Russian Utility Systems, april 2005 –
  • Memorandum of Understanding – On the development of the cooperation in the energy sector and the energy saving area between E4 Group, Danish Consulate General, Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and DBDH, November 9, 2009, Co-operation agreement (Russian and English)
DBDH activities

Upcoming activities

  • 31 March – 4 April 2014: DH sector visit to Almaty & Astana, Kasakhstan. Contact: Pia Zimmermann, get more information here
  • 22-26 September, 2014: Export promotion Russia. Contact: Pia Zimmermann

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