The EU-funded INOGATE energy programme is supporting Azerbaijan as it embarks on a five-year plan to upgrade and expand its district heating system. Moving towards a decentralised heating system, serving 8 to 12 apartment blocks, such an upgrade will reduce costs, avoid unnecessary building of heating mains, and increase energy efficiency.
INOGATE is helping Azeristiliktechiza, the national operator of heating supply systems, in developing a roadmap for 2015-2020 for district heating. The roadmap will establish targets and goals, activities, tasks and costing, as well as recommendations and an action plan.
The assistance focuses on capacity development of Azeristiliktechiza staff in use of heat mapping. The mapping of heat demand and heat sources is a powerful tool for forecasting, assessing heat demand and supply, and establishing how these two can be efficiently connected to reduce the cost of heat supply as well as the carbon dioxide intensity of heat generation.
INOGATE is an EU-funded programme promoting international energy co-operation between the European Union and the Partner Countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. It works to support the EU policy frameworks of the Baku Initiative, the Eastern Partnership – Energy Security Platform and the Energy Community.
Source: EU Neighbourhood Info Centre