Greening District Heating Cuts Emissions


"Paris is trans­form­ing its en­ergy port­fo­lio by power­ing 50% of its dis­trict heat­ing net­work with a mix of new re­new­able en­ergy sources.

In 2016, Paris halved the use of coal in its ex­tens­ive dis­trict heat­ing net­work, and now powers 50% of the heat­ing net­work with re­new­able and re­covered en­ergy. The new en­ergy mix com­prises 1% geo­thermal, 2% bio­fuel, 10% bio­mass, and 41% heat gen­er­ated by the thermal treat­ment of waste. The city is also con­vert­ing five power plants from coal to nat­ural gas. This shift will con­trib­ute to a 25% de­crease in CO2 emis­sions, a 98% de­crease in SO2 emis­sions, and will gen­er­ate enough en­ergy to heat 500,000 houses.

This large-scale trans­ition helps the city in­crease its share of re­new­able en­ergy sources by up to 10%, and works to­wards ful­filling Par­is’ com­mit­ment that 25% of its en­ergy con­sump­tion will be powered by re­new­able or re­covered sources by 2020. The goal works within the lar­ger frame­work of Par­is’s Cli­mate Ac­tion Plan, which aims to re­duce the city’s CO2 emis­sions by 25% by 2020."

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