New York, New York (PRWEB) August 28, 2013
Around the world, cities and communities are deploying district energy system infrastructure to cut greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and strengthen their local economies. The International Energy Agency will be recognizing many such outstanding examples of urban environmental and economic performance through the Global District Energy Climate Awards at the Summit at the Hudson Theater in New York City on September 23, 2013.
District Energy Systems supply the heating and cooling needs of multiple buildings, sometimes hundreds or even thousands of buildings in a city, community, campus setting or military base. Combining the thermal energy requirements of many millions of square feet of customer building space creates an economy of scale to deploy low carbon solutions like surplus industrial heat recovery or combined heat and power (CHP). District energy systems allow communities to reduce their environmental impact and utilize local energy resources, enabling energy dollars to recirculate with multiplier effect in the local economy.
“As cities explore opportunities for greater infrastructure resiliency, we are seeing a real shift toward local and distributed generation that creates opportunities for recovering useful heat and optimizing local energy resources,” says IDEA President & CEO Rob Thornton.
Examples of systems providing these benefits are the projects below, all of which were submitted for consideration for a 2013 Global District Energy Climate Award. You can find more information about all systems under consideration here.
As part of the Global District Energy Climate Summit in New York City on September 23, the International Energy Agency (IEA) in conjunction with International District Energy Association and Euroheat & Power will present the 2013 Global District Energy Climate Awards. The list of award winners has not been released, but all aforementioned systems were under consideration. All awards will be presented on September 23 at the Gala Awards Dinner.
About International District Energy Association: The International District Energy Association (IDEA) is a nonprofit industry association founded in 1909. Membership includes district energy and CHP system managers, engineers, consultants and equipment suppliers from 25 countries.