Boosting German municipal heat planning

Date: 12/05/2023

Municipal heat planning is at the centre of a sustainable heat transition in Germany, and the task is new to many municipalities. DBDH, the German energy agency (dena), and the National Competence Centre for Municipal Heat Transition (KWW) in Germany have joined forces with 13 municipalities and districts to inspire and improve the development of KWP’s (municipal heat plans) in Germany.




The group visited Denmark for three days in May 2023 to take inspiration from Danish experiences on heat planning and district heating—a warm thank you to all Danish hosts and experts.
The work now continues to help the participants and share knowledge and relevant advice with all other German municipalities.

The group is working specifically to address these four topics:
A: DH is an energy infrastructure and brings a broader value to the local society
B: How to set the scene for a successful heat plan (KWP)
C: How to make a KWP step-by-step
D: Ownership and organization of district heating

If you have ideas or examples to support this work, please get in touch with Hanne Kortegaard Støchkel, or Morten Jordt Duedahl,

The participating municipalities and districts are Braunschweig (Niedersachsen), Essen (Nordrhein-Westfalen), Giessen (Hessen), Günzburg (Bayern), Halle (Sachen-Anhalt), Heidelberg (Baden Württemberg), Krefeld (Nordrhein-Westfalen), Kreis Steinfurt (Nordrhein-Westfalen), Leipzig (Sachsen), Meldorf (Schleswig-Holstein), Michendorf (Brandenburg), Rendsburg (Schleswig-Holstein), and Rostock (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern).

The project is funded by the Danish Energy Agency (TFE-grant). Boosting German municipal heat planning.