6th Global District Energy Climate Awards Ceremony 2019

In cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programme, the UN Environment, the representative organisations of the District Energy sector, Euroheat & Power and IDEA joined forces to celebrate success and collective attainment in the District Heating and Cooling sector.

The 6th Global District Energy Climate Awards Ceremony was held in Reykjavik, Iceland on 24th October 2019 in conjunction with the Sustainable District Energy Conference .

Emerging Market
“The geothermal energy related to mine water is a renewable resource that has been created during more than a century of mining activities. The use of this resource is an innovative solution of Circular Economy creating from a problem (pumping costs) a source of wealth. The district heating installation centralizes the heat generation in the facilities of the extraction machine of Barredo Colliery preserving this valuable industrial heritage. This project provides a total reduction of 653.27 tons of CO2 per year with respect to the use of previous natural gas system.”

Felipe González Coto, Manager of Energy and Business Development, HUNOSA

New Scheme

The utilization of urban waste heat has tremendous potential. There are numerous sources of waste heat in cities, including data centers, which consume a great deal of electricity. In Braunschweig, we are recovering waste heat from a data center rather than merely discharging it into the environment. As part of the EU-funded ReUseHeat project, heat coming from the data center will be used for space heating in a new housing development. This solution will save some 1,284 MWh/a of primary energy, which is equivalent to 304 tons of CO2 emissions each year.”

Dominik Gehling, Head of technical department, Veolia Deutschland


Being awarded the 6th Global District Energy Climate Award is a great honour and recognition of efforts of our company and the city as well. With the significant contribution of independent heat producers, the usage of natural gas in Kaunas decreased radically from 95% to 10%, usage of renewables increased from 3% to 90%. CO2 emissions from AB Kauno Energija heat production facilities decreased by 27.7% from 29,055 tons in 2012 to 21,008 tons in 2018.
One of the national goals of Lithuanian National Energy Strategy is to produce heat with zero COemissions by 2050, i.e. to produce heat from renewables only. Following this objective Kaunas will seek to use local renewable resources prudently, install less polluting technologies, follow the environmental legislation and apply preventive measures to minimize the negative impact on the environment.”

Vaidas Šleivys, Interim General Director, AB Kauno Energija


On behalf of my professional colleagues at Öresundskraft, our environmentally conscious customers, the supportive city of Helsingborg and our partner Devcco AB, I would like to extend my sincere thanks for the Award of Excellence in the category Expansion. By using sea water, and by powering our equipment with recycled heat, we are able to double our production of district cooling while significantly reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants and our overall carbon footprint.

Martin Tofft, Head of Business Area Power & Heat,
Öresundskraft AB

‘Out of the Box’

“Veolia and the University of the Sunshine Coast are honoured to receive global recognition for this landmark project. Winning the award reaffirms how innovative the project is and how we are collectively truly challenging the current state to forge a path to the future low carbon economy. The partnership exemplifies the sustainable and innovative cultures of both organisations. Importantly, it shows others the transition to a sustainable future can be made in an economically viable fashion when you harness the power of collaborative partnerships.”