The World Bank is to fund a project aimed at upgrading district heating in China’s northern Hebei province.
The bank has approved a $100 million loan for the Hebei Clean Heating Project, which aims to modernise and expand existing district heating systems in the municipalities of Chengde, Xingtai and Zhangjiakou and across Pingshan county.
Among the planned measures are scaling up heat metering to encourage energy efficiency and conservation, stepping up the use of waste heat from power plants and industrial facilities, and looking to switch to gas-fueled systems where viable.
‘The project will help the four heating companies use best practices in district heating and will generate practical experiences and lessons learned that will be shared in Hebei and other northern provinces in China,’ said Yuriy Myroshnychenko, the World Bank's team leader for the project.
‘The project is part of a larger engagement in energy efficiency and air pollution control in the Jing-Jin-Ji region where the World Bank Group is scaling up support, particularly in Hebei,’ he added.