Global District Energy Leaders - Advancing on the Climate Front

September 23 - 24, 2013

On Monday, September 23, 2013, the 3rd Global District Energy Summit and Awards will take place at The Hudson Theater in Midtown Manhattan, hosted by the International District Energy Association (IDEA) and Euroheat & Power (Brussels). The Awards will be judged and presented by the International Energy Agency (IEA) of Paris, France.

The Summit will bring together private and public sector leaders from around the world, including North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Pan Pacific region, to discuss policies, technologies, and industry best practices. The highly competitive IEA Global District Energy Climate Awards will be presented to those select cities, communities and campuses that have successfully deployed district energy systems to cut emissions and strengthen local economies.

The Summit will also serve to:

• Recognize community based energy systems that illustrate the overall importance of district energy in providing sustainable energy solutions.

• Provide a global benchmark for environmental excellence.

• Offer a platform for knowledge exchange, thought leadership, and the sharing of successful ideas and efforts to encourage the development of community based energy systems.

District energy is a proven approach to capturing and distributing highly efficient thermal energy through an underground piping network to customer buildings in a geographic area, such as the central business district of a city. This valuable urban infrastructure creates economies of scale that enable significant carbon reductions by leveraging low carbon or local renewable resources and capitalize on nearby sources of surplus industrial heat or combined heat and power (CHP). The environmental, economic and social benefits of harnessing surplus heat and using local energy sources make district energy the sensible choice for communities seeking economic growth while minimizing environmental impact.

Participants at this event will hear more about these proven and innovative energy infrastructure solutions that ‘future-proof’ our cities, offering more resilient energy services that adapt to market fluctuations and maintain resiliency in the face of increasingly frequent and volatile weather events.