District Energy in Cities

Unlocking the Potential of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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This guide collects and summarizes good practices on the successful mediation of resource conflicts. It draws on the field experiences of mediators and mediation experts, specifically those with natural resource expertise. It also features lessons learned from UNEP’s work on environmental diplomacy in different conflict-affected countries, with a particular focus on how to use impartial technical knowledge to equalize stakeholder information in a mediation process.



Executive summary

Paris has developed Europe’s first and largest district cooling network, part of which uses the Seine River for cooling. The Paris Urban Heating Company serves the equivalent of 500,000 households, including 50% of all social housing as well as all hospitals and 50% of public buildings, such as the Louvre Museum. The district heating network aims to use 60% renewable or recovered energy by 2020.


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