Renewable Energy for District Heating Program

The program, which is co-financed with KfW, replaces fossil fuel fired boilers of the district heating systems of Serbian municipalities with boilers fired by biomass. Additional measures will be implemented to strengthen the management capacities of the involved district heating companies.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Climate-friendly growth
01.10.2016 - 31.12.2021
CHF  5’355’000

Serbia foresees to install additional 1.092 MW of renewable energy capacities in order to increase the share of renewables in its energy consumption from the current 21% to 27% by 2020. Altogether more than a fifth of all Serbian households are currently linked to District Heating Systems, which are run by municipal district heating companies. Lack of investment, coupled with almost total reliance on fossil fuels have produced an urgent need for a comprehensive rethinking of the district heat production and distribution system. Residual materials from forestry and agriculture are suitable sources for producing energy from biomass.


The consumers, the population and the environment benefit from a sustainable, efficient and reliable energy supply laying ground for the convergence of Serbia to the EU (against the background of the Environmental chapter of the Acquis Communautaire)

Effetti a medio termine

The consumers, the population and the environment benefit from a sustainable, efficient and reliable energy supply provided by economically sound operating district heating companies as well as through the associated stimulation of local value chains.


Risultati principali attesi:  

Renewable energy based heat generation capacities are installed and ready for operation

Newly created complementary infrastructure (reconstruction of boiler rooms, substations, pipe network, etc.) is ready for operation

The supply of sustainably produced biomass fuels is ensured

Participating District Heating Companies are qualified and enabled to technically operate the new District Heating systems

Participating District Heating Companies' capacities on administrative and financial performance and service quality for the customers are improved

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile SECO
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
  • KfW banking group

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    5’355’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    0 Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF    31’165’000
Fasi del progetto Fase 1 01.10.2016 - 31.12.2021   (Fase in corso)