Sustainable Heating China

German Sustainable Heating Solutions – Best practices and application in China

Client German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)

Duration May 2019 – December 2019


The study “German Sustainable Heating Solutions – Best Practices and Applicability in China” is published within the framework of the “Sino-German Energy Partnership”. The aim of the partnership is to facilitate a dialogue on political, industrial and regulatory issues of both countries’ energy transitions and to find solutions for common challenges in the energy sector. Against the background of serious air pollution in China’s major cities, which is partly due to coal combustion, Chinese authorities are increasingly trying to promote alternative heating technologies. The exchange on sustainable heat supply systems has been identified as a priority in the German-Chinese energy partnership.

Project goals and results

The study identifies relevant German best practices in the field of sustainable heating for the transformation of China’s heating and cooling market. The focus is on implemented, innovative, sustainable and integrated heat generation and heat supply solutions, taking into account local conditions and resources as well as economic framework conditions (business models). The study draws from existing and implemented solutions and experiences in Germany’s heating sector

Tasks of IREES

  • IREES is responsible for the analysis and evaluation of selected decentralised renewable heating technologies and renewable energy solutions for district heating.

Project partner

  • Fraunhofer ISI (lead)

  • ifeu


Dr. Jan Steinbach
Dr. Jan Steinbach
Eftim Popovski
Eftim Popovski