Fòrum -22@ District Heating and Cooling
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