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Canadian communities are tapping into greener ways to heat and cool buildings

By Emily Chung
CBC News
December 3, 2019
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

…district energy systems … have earned an endorsement from the United Nations Environment Program. World leaders meet for the COP 25 UN climate conference in Madrid to discuss next steps in implementing the Paris Agreement … and district energy is one potential tool. The idea is that …multiple buildings are hooked up to a single, central heating and cooling system… distributed to individual buildings through pipes that typically contain heated or chilled water. …In Canada, buildings are the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions… And nearly two-thirds of energy use in buildings is for heating and cooling. …Many energy sources used in district energy systems, such as biomass, sewage, lake water or seawater aren’t very feasible or economically viable on a small scale. The choice of energy source for a district heating system is what is available locally and can generate co-benefits for the local community.

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