Renewable energy in district heating and cooling conference to be held in Novi Sad on October 13



October 7, 2022





October 7, 2022




Novi Sad will host the district heating and cooling expert community and interested stakeholders next week at the conference organized by the EBRD and SERBIO. The leading experts from the region will present up-to-date solutions in district heating and cooling systems.

The “RES in district heating and cooling” conference will be held on October 13 in the Sheraton hotel in Novi Sad. The event is a part of the fifth international investment gathering, SEE ENERGY – Connect & Supply (October 13-14), titled “Western Balkans meet new energy challenges”.

Faced with the new challenges in the energy sector, current situation, problems and solutions, the organizers of the conference, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the National Biomass Association SERBIO, say that they will present the latest results in the implementation of renewable energy sources in district heating and cooling systems.

The conference will be opened by the representatives of the Ministry of mining and energy, EBRD, EU Delegation to the Republic of Serbia, Energy Community Secretariat and the Trade Section of the Austrian Embassy in Belgrade.

Are district heating systems part of the solution or part of the problem

The first panel at the conference, titled The role of district heating and cooling in an energy crisis – are the district heating systems part of the solution or part of the problem,  will present the current situation and projects in district heating companies in Serbia, including the projects that are actively contributing to reducing dependency on fossil fuels, such as solar thermal, geothermal energy and heat pumps.

The participants of this panel are professor Nikola Rajaković, University of Belgrade School of Electrical Engineering; Dejan Stojanović, director of the Serbian Association of District Heating Plants; Ljubo Maćić, economic advisor, and Biljana Grbić, consultant at the Energy Community Secretariat.

The moderator of the conference Bojan Bogdanović, Principal Fund Manager, Renewable District Energy at the EBRD, will present the Bank’s active role in promoting renewable energy sources in district heating and cooling systems in all the countries of the region.

Bojan Bogdanovic EBRD district heating and cooling

By increasing the share of renewables in district heating systems and also adding more waste heat in the systems, we achieve multiple results and benefits: we free our electricity system from consumers who use electricity for heating, we reduce air pollution through the reduction of the number of inefficient individual heating devices, and we also reduce the CO2 emissions, explained Bojan Bogdanović.

He also said that by doing this, the projects implemented by district heating companies also enable the delivery of renewable and waste energy to locations where otherwise it would be challenging to deliver heating energy, such as urban city centres.

Renewables in district heating systems

The second panel, titled Renewables in district heating systems, is dedicated to the best practices in district heating. The following participants will be talking about this critical topic: Dušan Macura of Novosadska toplana, Novi Sad, Dejan Jovišević, EKO toplane, Banja Luka, Andreja Ilić, Energetika Kragujevac, Sejfo Ujšanović, KJKP Toplana Sarajevo, and Petar Vasiljević, district heating expert. The participants will deliver presentations on planned and delivered projects.

Participation at the conference is free of charge following the registration process. It will also be possible to follow the conference online via Zoom platform.

For possible inquiries, please get in touch with the organizer.


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