Summary of the study ‘Analysis of Sustainable Heating Options for the City of Tuzla, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina’
Study | 8 November 2021
The air quality of the city of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is among the worst in the EU and Western Balkans. Because Tuzla’s coal-fired power and heat plant, Tuzla 4, must be closed by the end of 2023, and Tuzla 5 and 6 must close in the next decade, the city faces a unique window of opportunity to gain a place among the cleanest and technologically smartest cities with respect to heat supply and air quality in southeast Europe.
A study was carried out by Bernhard Schneider, consulting engineer for urban planning, commissioned by CEE Bankwatch Network, to examine possible solutions for heating in Tuzla. This summary reviews the available solutions and their strengths and weaknesses, and demonstrates that it is technically possible to fully replace local use of coal (for power and heat) with solar energy. This solution will require massive improvements to the efficiency of heat use in buildings, the transformation of the heat grid into a low-temperature, fourth generation district heating grid with an important role played by heat pumps.
This summary is also available in Bosnian: Sažetak studije ‘Analiza održivih opcija grijanja za grad Tuzla, Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine’