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District heating provides efficient heat and hot water from a centralized source, gaining traction in Ireland for carbon reduction and sustainable development. This factsheet explores its status, benefits, challenges, and future.

Current Status: 

Ireland’s district heating systems are limited but growing, notably in urban areas like Dublin and Tallaght.

Key Components: 

District heating comprises heat sources like CHP plants, distribution networks, heat exchangers, and consumer connections.


Energy efficiency, carbon reduction, cost savings, and reliability make district heating appealing.


Infrastructure costs, regulatory framework gaps, consumer awareness, and integration issues pose challenges.

Future Prospects: 

Despite obstacles, Ireland is increasingly interested in expanding district heating, supported by government policies and incentives.

Sources: SEAI, DCCAE, European Commission