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Current market situation

– A crisis that brings (investment) opportunity

There are 55 municipalities in Serbia that are currently operating district heating systems. Chronic lack of investment over the past 20 years coupled with almost total reliance on natural gas and other types of fossil fuels, together with slow or stagnant economic recovery have produced an urgent need for a comprehensive rethink of the district heat production and distribution systems in Serbia. The current levels of debt by district heating systems in Serbia to fuel suppliers exceed 350 million euro. District heating customers owe more than 200 million euro to public utility companies which are supplying district heating services.

The total annual costs of fuel used by all of the district heating systems in Serbia are estimated at approx. 300 million EUR per annum. At the same time, more than half of the districts heating distribution network in Serbia, as well as more than half of substations, are older than 20 years. Over 90% of thermal energy is produced by direct use of fossil fuel, contrasted by approx. 15% being produced in this manner in EU 27 countries.

An example of the  (in) ability to afford current prices of district heating in Serbia: An apartment in Belgrade of 60 sq. meters requires more than 10% of average monthly household income to pay for district heating service

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