Fòrum -22@ District Heating and Cooling

Project information

Index: 1217R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Natural and technological risks (including climate change)
Location ESPAÑA ESTE Barcelona Cataluña Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2002

Topic of the practice

Climate mitigation through innovative district cooling

Good Practice Information

The main goal of this system is the use of the residual energy from the waste incineration plant at the Fòrum. Part of the steam produced in the incineration plant is used to generate the heating and cooling demanded for connected buildings.These kinds of technologies are common in the north of Europe, but in the Mediterranean area, and especially in Spain, centralized systems are not usual. This system has two power plants (Fòrum and Tànger) with an installed capacity of 46,6 MW of heating and 69,2 MW of cooling, a network of 13,4 km and 68 buildings connected to the system (631.000 m2), most of the tertiary sector but also some residential uses.

Evidence of success

The use of these technologies represents a significant reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions. In 2011 savings of 61.9 GWh/year of fossil fuels were achieved reducing CO2 emissions by 10,961 t/year. This system is still growing so these reductions will be increased year after year.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Districlima & Barcelona City Council



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