Renewable-based district heating and cooling systems can be a key component of smart energy systems and at the same time play a major role in the reduction of carbon intensity in the building sector. Geothermal energy is one of the renewable energy resources which can be integrated into district heating systems to decarbonise the building sector through the supply of space heating and domestic hot water.
In the framework of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) wishes to collaborate with the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) to co-organise an event to promote the deployment of geothermal energy for heating and cooling. The event will promote the development of district energy networks as a means to increase the share of renewables, including geothermal energy in the heating of building and the supply of domestic hot water. It will facilitate sharing of experiences and best practices as well as highlighting supportive tools, methodologies and options.