Is Hungary and Slovakia’s district heating future in hot water?
Briefing | 2 September 2022
Today, there is an urgent need for Europe to find solutions on how to produce heat from renewable and sustainable sources. Expanding renewables-based district heating is one solution; yet it is challenging to convert many of Europe’s existing district heating to low-temperature systems that run on renewables. However, one renewable heat technology, geothermal, has significant potential for widespread use in the region, even in the existing high-temperature systems.
This briefing, based on CEE Bankwatch Network’s fact-finding missions to Galanta and Veľký Meder, Slovakia and Szeged, Veresegyház, Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary in January and May 2022, presents examples of existing geothermal district heating systems in central and eastern Europe. It also makes recommendations to policy makers and financial institutions interested in implementing such systems in other parts of the region.
See the Bosnian translation of this publication: Da li je budućnost daljinskog grijanja Mađarske i Slovačke u toploj vodi?