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Ignalina, one of the first in Eastern Europe to implement an innovative energy efficiency project in renovated buildings

2017-11-28

According to the Housing Energy Efficiency Agency, the Ignalina District Municipality is one of the first in Eastern Europe to implement the low-temperature district heating project in renovated buildings. The optimisation of the energy generation process and its supply and consumption cycle should significantly reduce energy consumption levels.

In Lithuania, this municipality is the first to complete the renovation of all old multi-apartment buildings and energy inefficient public buildings. During the recent years, the modernisation of almost all buildings in Ignalina has helped cut energy consumption in the town by half. Before the renovation (in 2010) energy consumption was 139 kwh/sq.m, whereas after the renovation the level of energy consumption comprised 69 kwh/sq.m.

Although the renovation of old buildings is one of the most important and effective measures to improve energy efficiency but it is far from being the only one. Another efficient method is low-temperature district heating for renovated buildings. Based on Denmark’s experience, the renovation of buildings and implementation of such projects allow for energy savings of up to 80 %.

In cooperation with German experts, the low-temperature district heating project will be launched in Ignalina in the immediate future. First, the plans are to prepare a feasibility study and later, after the possibilities have been evaluated, to start working on the practical implementation of the project.

Public Relations Division
28 November 2017

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas