Cities are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution due to the high concentration of energy consumption within city limits, which often relies on fossil fuels. Therefore, decarbonisation of urban energy systems is key to an effective energy transition for stronger climate action. Beyond the power sector, decarbonising the end use sectors, including the building sector, offers large potential to reduce such emissions to achieve the climate objectives.
In the framework of the Global Geothermal Alliance, IRENA is supporting Mongolia in the decarbonisation of its building sector through the implementation of renewable energy solutions in district heating systems. The support is designed to contribute to building the capacity of Mongolian stakeholders to develop a Strategic Heating and Cooling Plan (SHCP). Through the SHCP, scenarios that the country can adopt in switching from fossil fuels to renewables will be developed.
In this regard, IRENA collaborated with the Mongolian Ministry of Energy to organise virtual capacity building events on Integrating Renewable Energy Solutions in Mongolia’s District Heating Systems.
The objective of the events was to increase the knowledge of policymakers at the national, provincial, and local levels; urban planners; district heating utilities; etc on the options and available tools for facilitating the integration of renewable energy applications in district heating and cooling networks.
Workshop 1: Strategic Heating and Cooling Planning. Presentations and recordings are available.
Workshop 2: Enabling regulatory conditions and technical challenges and solutions for integrating renewable energy sources into district heating systems.
Agenda for Workshop 2
- Opening Remarks – Joong Yeop Lee, Programme Officer, IRENA
Presentations: Enabling Regulatory Conditions, Financing and Ownership
- Ownership Structures, Financing, and Regulation of District Heating Networks – Søren Djørup, Researcher, Norce Research
- Shallow Ground Heat Pump Projects in Western of Mongolia – Nyamtsetseg Ivanov, Shallow Heat Pump Engineer, Upscaling Renewable Energy Sector Project, MoE
- Renewable Energy for Heating, Business Case – Munkhbaatar Ulziibaatar, Green Solar Energy LLC (Mongolian)
Presentations: Technical Challenges and Solutions
- Technical Challenges and Solutions for the Integration of Low-temperature Resources into Existing Networks and Buildings – Steffen Neilsen, Associate Professor, Aalborg University
- Experience in Using Ground Water Source Heat Pump for Office Building Heating System – Purevsuren, Chief Engineer, National Renewable Energy Corporation
- Challenges and Opportunities Facing Mongolia's Heat Supply – Byambatsogt P., Associate Professor, Mongolian University of Science and Technology
Q & A