Renewable Energy Solutions for District Heating in Mongolia

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 has been 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 as follows:

  • 20 May 2022 at 15:00 – 17:00 (Ulaanbaatar Time): Strategic Heating and Cooling Planning
  • 3 June 2022 at 15:00 – 17:00 (Ulaanbaatar Time): Enabling framework conditions and addressing technical barriers

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.