Aims of the project:
Budapest submitted application for European Green Capital Award 2020. As part of it, one of its main targets is to improve the air quality of the city.
To achieve this in mid-term is to improve the disctrict heating network which -due to historical background- is partly missing: only 40% of inhabitants of the 2-million-capital have direct access to district heating. Further, the existing network consists of geographically separated district heating islands, operating on their own.
The multi-year Budapest Heat Ring Programme aims to connect up seperately run district heating islands in order to establish a unified heat network, to provide access to district heating in areas not covered by the existing network and to integrate more renewable heat sources.
The Programme is made up of severel sections, one of them currently underway is the Chimney Free Inner City Project that provides access to the heat network by public institutions, residential blocks and office centres downtown, thus contributing to the elimination of smog alerts in the capital.