KeepWarm - Improving the performance of district heating systems in Central and Eastern Europe


KeepWarm is an EU-funded project whose objective is to accelerate cost-effective investments in the modernisation of District Heating Systems (DHS). It brings together eleven project partners from a variety of relevant sectors (energy agencies, national DHS associations, agricultural chambers, research institutes, consultancies on energy efficiency and NGOs) across Central and Eastern Europe, in particular in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Serbia, Slovenia and Ukraine. Within this region, DHS are frequently still inefficient and for the most part still overly reliant on fossil fuels (oil, gas or coal). 

The aim of this initiative, launched in April 2018, is to modernise DHS around the whole region and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving system operations and promoting a switch to less-polluting sources, like renewables. The project partners strive to ensure that best practices for environmental-friendlier heating and cooling will be taken up across Europe, replicating KeepWarm’s approach in other countries and regions, even beyond the end of the project in September 2020.

As a response to the current state of play of DHS in the region, the project will focus its efforts on the following improvements, as listed below, in order of importance:

  1. Retrofitting of the existing distribution system, particularly grid efficiency;
  2. Increasing the use of renewable energy sources, including waste-to-energy;
  3. Re-use of excess-heat from industry;
  4. Introduction of ICT technologies for heat distribution management.

To overcome barriers to district energy deployment in CEE, KeepWarm will conduct the following activities:

  • Training and capacity-building
  • Development of business models
  • Attracting funding/ advise to project preparation and uptake
  • Elaboration of demonstration cases
  • Integration of policies

The project partners are:

(clicking on the logos will lead you to the respective partner's website)