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Codema supports new recommendation paper: From Data Centres to District Heating

04th June, 2021

We were delighted to develop the recommendation paper ‘From Data Centres to District Heating & Cooling: Boosting waste heat recovery to support decarbonisation’ with Euroheat & Power, and representatives from the data centre and the district heating industries. This paper makes recommendations on how to progress the decarbonisation of heat through the use of waste heat from data centres in district heating networks.

The European Commission has put a strong emphasis on the decarbonisation and greater efficiency of the heating and cooling sector, as well as announcing a commitment to make data centres climate-neutral by 2030. In this perspective, waste heat from data centres is bound to play an important role, since almost 100% of the electricity supply to the data centre is transformed into heat, and the waste heat generated from cooling data centre facilities could be recovered and used to support the decarbonisation of district heating and cooling (DHC) networks. Approximately 1.2 EJ (or 340 TWh) per year could be recovered from unconventional waste heat sources, including data centres, which corresponds to more than 10 % of the EU's total energy demand for heat and hot water.

The district heating and data sectors came together to propose recommendations on how to better support the uptake of waste heat recovery from data centres in the context of the European Commission’s work on the “Fit for 55” legislative package, as well as for the national implementation of EU rules and translation into local policies and planning.

To read the full recommendation paper, click here.