Materials from first KeepWarm webinar on five district heating systems’ modernisation examples in Latvia now available

4 June 2020

Materials from first KeepWarm webinar on five district heating systems’ modernisation examples in Latvia now available

On 2 June 2020 KeepWarm project partner ZREA held its first online seminar in a series of four “Inspire Events”. It was attended by a total of 37 participants, who actively participated in the ensuing debate, asking questions both in writing and orally.

In introduction of the webinar, ZREA project manager Signe Martkrista explained the approach of the KeepWarm project regarding modernisation of district heating systems and involved selected district heating pilot companies in the project implementation partner countries, including in Latvia. ZREA presentation were followed by representatives of the participating Latvian pilot companies: Mr. Aleksandrs Karpenko, Chairman of the board of “Jekabpils Siltums” Ltd. and Mrs. Aiga Kalnina, Project manager of “Auces komunalie pakalpojumi”, Ltd. presentations on their modernisation experience and activities carried out in the KeepWarm project regarding selected business models for boiler house in Celtnieku street 13A in Jelabpils, for boiler house “Niedras” in Lielauce parish of Auce county and for heating network of Bene parish of Auce county.

The energy efficiency specialist Mrs. Ilze Polikarpova from “Salaspils Siltums”, Ltd. shared experience of company on the development of a solar collector park for district heating, the construction of a new biomass boiler house and a thermal energy storage tank.

The transformation of district heating system of Gulbene municipality in Belava parish to the 4th generation district heating system was explained by the project LowTEMP (INTERREG in the Baltic Sea Region Programme) - Mr. Vladimirs Kirsanovs, ing. of Riga Technical University.

In conclusion, the Sales manager of Fortum Jelgava, Mr. Valdis Rieksts-Riekstins, told on the latest project to improve the efficiency of the centralized district heating system with installation of accumulation tank for thermal energy, and the planned project on the use of fuel from non-hazardous waste in the production of heating energy.

All presentations and webinar record (in Latvian) are available on and

The recording of the webinar has been posted on ZREA’s YouTube channel.

The next in this series of Webinars will take place on 10 June 2020 under the title “National policy and legislation, cooperation between heating companies and national/municipal authorities, availability of the EU funds, investment opportunities” (in Latvian). Watch this space and our Twitter feed for more information!

ZREA KeepWarm Inspire Event 1 Latvia by "ZREA"