First PLANHEAT Policy Round Table in Hungary

PLANHEAT organized a round table discussion as part of the Hungarian District Heating Conference and Exhibition, during 16-18 May 2018, in Tapolca, Hungary. The aim of the round table discussion was to discuss decarbonization of district heating systems in Hungary, in the light of national and local district heating strategies.

The PLANHEAT project presentation was followed by the keynote speech presenting Directives 2012/27/EU and 2010/31/EU, and Hungarian policies, with a focus on the National Energy Strategy for 2030 and National Renewable Energy Action Plan, delivered by András Mezősi, senior researcher from the Regional Economic Policy Research Institute (REKK).

Keynote presentation about relevant Directives and national action plans


The three case study examples delivered by municipalities of Miskolc, Pécs and Tatabánya, presented the municipalities actual attempt for district heating system decarbonization.

Tamás Kovács, Director for Services from the Miskolc Municipal Heat Supply Company, (MIHŐ), presented the Miskolc district heating system, which is utilizing landfill gas, biomass and geothermal energy in their energy mix for supplying heat.

Miskolc district heating system decarbonization example


Péter Rudolf, Executive Director of Pannon Thermal Power Plant, Pécs, part of VEOLIA group, presented Hungary’s first district heating system fully based on renewable energy (i.e. biomass), which is in the same time Central Europe’s largest biomass fired power plant.  In 2014, Pécs received a special award under the EU RES Champions League contest. The COGEN Europe considered the power plant the best in the market development category.

Pécs district heating system decarbonisation example


András Molnár, district heating service system engineer at the T-Szol Tatabánya Service Provider talked about Tatabánya’s district heating system, which is utilizing biomass as district heating energy supply. The final aim of the municipality is the energetic independence of their district heating.

The discussion session’s highlight was the agreement of all participants on the need for relevant stakeholder involvement in local strategy development and actual implementation and the utilization of tools (like PLANHEAT tool) in identifying the best plans for the local strategies.

A big thank you to all the participants for their contributions and valuable comments. Stay tuned for more!