SEforAll: District Energy Initiative


Name of initiative SEforAll: District Energy Initiative
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
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Starting year 2014
End year
Secretariat Lily Riahi , Project Manager on District Energy, UN Environment Paris, e-mail:
Organisational structure
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation UN Environment
Type of lead organisation Network/Consortium/Partnership
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Denmark


Description The new Global Initiative on District Energy Systems aims to support cities and sub-national/national governments to develop, retrofit or scale up district energy systems, with support from international and financial partners, and the private sector.
Objectives To develop and implement a low-carbon district energy policy, and planning and investment road maps.

Sustainable Energy for All, an initiative led by the UN Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank, has as one of its three objectives for 2030 a doubling of the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency. The Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform was established to help reach this objective.

Activities The District Energy Accelerator will engage city/country partners to develop an integrated policy and investment roadmap for deployment of district energy systems in multiple jurisdictions and initiate city partnerships ortwinnings. These partnerships and city twinnings will allow city governments to share their policies and experiences and assist each other in policy planning and DES strategy development; and engage in a collaborative process with public and private sector stakeholders.
One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Political dialogue, Implementation
Activity of initiative Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Policy planning and recommendations, Technical operational implementation (ex-post)
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Participants Number Names
Members 36  
Companies 7 Danfoss (Denmark),Grundfos (Denmark),Siemens (Germany),Veolia (France),Vattenfall (Sweden),Climespace (France),Empower (USA).
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 7 UN-Habitat (Kenya),  Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (Denmark),  Euro Heat and Power (Belgium),  International District Energy Association (USA),  World Bioenergy Association (Sweden),  World Wind Energy Association (Germany),  Energies2050 (France).
National states 0
Governmental actors 1 US Department of Energy (USA).
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 19 Anshan (China),  Betim (Brazil),  Bogota (Colombia),  Focsani (Romania),  Helsinki (Finland),  Jinan (China),  London (United Kingdom),  Milano (Italy),  Nairobi (Kenya),  Paris (France),  Quito (Ecuador),  Recife (Brazil),  San Jose (Costa Rica),  Santiago de Cali (Colombia),  Seoul (South Korea),  Sorocaba (Brazil),  St. Paul (USA),  Vancouver (Canada),  Vaxjo (Sweden).
Intergovernmental organisations 2 UN Environment (Kenya),  International Energy Agency (France).
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 28 January 2021 11:07:58

Not only have national states as participators