September 9, 2008

Denmark Supports Renewable Energy and District Heating in Russia

The Danish Energy Agency has signed an agreement to support a renewable energy project in Russia. As part of the agreement, Denmark will purchase CO2 credits from the project under the joint implementation mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol.

The project reduces CO2 emissions by 446,000 tons until 2017 which is approximately equivalent to the annual emissions of 11,000 Danish households.

The project includes the rehabilitation of the heating system in the Russian city of Priozersk which is located 150km north of St Petersburg, close to the Finnish border. Most of the current heat supply in the city comes from a 70-year-old combined heat and power plant that will be shut down and replaced with new and smaller boiler houses. The project covers two boiler houses: one wood-chips boiler house and a combined biomass (wood-waste and bark) and gas boiler-house.

During the winter, temperatures in Priozersk can fall below minus 20 degrees Celsius and the citizens are therefore dependent on a reliable supply of heat. The new, modern boiler houses provide a much more stable, efficient and environmental friendly heat-supply that also reduces CO2 emissions, according to The Danish Energy Agency.

A small part of the CO2 reductions will come from retrofitting the heating network. Furthermore, the project entails the replacement and installation of heating sub-stations as well as the installation of new thermal windows in the buildings which receive heating from the boiler houses.