Technical assistance to be provided to the Argentine cities corresponds to the prefeasibility evaluations of the district’s energy in a cogeneration project based on a biomass facility in Ubajay; as well as a district cooling and heating project for General Alvear. Both studies will be carried out by experts from the Energy Efficiency Centre of Copenhague (C2E2) under the jurisdiction of the UN’s Environmental Program (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
The UNEP’s District Energy in Cities Initiative, is a collaboration of various parties to promote the development of large scale district energy systems around the globe. To this day, the initiative has collected US$3.4 million in the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), the Danish Agency for International Development (DANIDA) and the Italian Ministry for Environmental Protection, along with US$28 million worth of direct inversions from the Initiative’s member’s network.
The diversity among the Members of the Initiative is crucial to the comprehensive and neutral advice, based on better international practices. The membership of the Initiative is made up of: cities, municipal governments, national and state governments, the private sector, industrial associations, international organizations, financial institutions, city networks, Think Tanks, and investigation institutions as well as universities.
The initiative is one of six accelerators within the Sustainable Energy for All Platform (SEforALL), which aims to double the rate of energy efficiency in heating and refrigeration within constructions by the year 2030, all the while helping countries reach their environmental and sustainable development goals. Currently, it provides technical support to cities in four Pilot Countries (Chile, China, India, and Serbia) as well as ten replicating countries (Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Egypt, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Russia, Seychelles, And Tunisia).
The Initiative promotes the creation of a market for district energy through:
• The spreading of awareness about the potential that district energy has as well as its role in the achievement of both socioeconomic and environmental benefits.
• The demonstration of its feasibility through pilot projects, thus strengthening the capabilities of the city planners, the political figures responsible, and the interested parties in order to implement district energy projects.
• The promoting of an enabling regulatory framework to unlock inversions coming from the private sector, and which ensures a sustainable implementation.
• The replicating of our approach in different cities within the same region to foster the growth of the industry.
• The exchange of experiences among the members of the city or country about the district energetic innovation as well as the practices through a twinning of “cities for cities”.
Translator: Rosario Soubrié