Lithuania’s transformation: sustainable district energy

Date: 30/12/2016

audience-at-lithuanian-eventOn 1 December 2016, the Lithuanian District Heating Association together with the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Embassy of Denmark in Lithuania, ISM University of Management and Economics, and KTU Kaunas University of Technology organised an International Energy Conference “Energy Efficiency Challenges in Nordic Countries and Lithuania”. More than 150 participants from academia and the energy industry, as well as politicians attended the Conference. The speakers of the conference shared the examples of energy efficiency in Nordic Countries and Lithuania.

“Through a combination of well-targeted Lithuanian investments into the renovation of district heating networks and a shift from natural gas to biomass, Lithuania is transforming its thermal grids from an inefficient legacy of the past into pillars of a more sustainable future. Like in Scandinavia, DHC networks can now serve as a vital route to market for renewable energy sources. Now the main challenge for Lithuania is to curb drastic heat wastage in old multi-apartment buildings”, argued Paul Voss, Managing Director of Euroheat & Power, the international network for district energy.

pv-at-lithuanian-eventAccording to Mr. Voss, the energy performance of old multi-apartment buildings in Lithuania can be compared to the situation in Sweden 60 years ago. “Experience of other EU countries shows that tremendous progress can be made in this area through relatively inexpensive and highly cost-effective measures. One obvious priority should be the use of modern solutions to improve balancing in heating and hot-water systems in multi-apartment buildings”, said Paul Voss. “It’s a quick and easy win that delivers benefits for energy systems and energy consumers alike.”

More information about the conference, including the presentations and a video on the development of the heat economy can be found on the Lithuanian Association’s website.

Source: Euroheat & Power