District Heating Market by Heat Source (Coal, Natural Gas, Renewable, and Oil & Petroleum Products), Plant Type (Boiler Plant and CHP), and Application (Residential, Commercial, and Industrial): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019–2026

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District Heating Market Outlook-2026

District heating is also known as heat networks or tele-heating. Basically, district heating is a distribution system that is used for distributing the heat generated in a centralized location through a system of insulated pipes. The district heating is used for residential as well as commercial heating requirements. District heating is generally used in heating requirements such as space heating and water heating. Generally, the required heat is obtained from a cogeneration plant burning fossil fuels or biomass, but in some cases heat-only boiler stations, geothermal heating, heat pumps, and central solar heating are also used. The main advantage of the district heating is that it provides higher efficiencies and better pollution control than localized boilers. The latest generation of district heat networks has zero emissions of CO2 and NO2 on-site, as it does not use combustion on-site. This has positively influenced the district heating market.


Geographically, Asia-Pacific is witnessing significant growth and is expected to grow faster in the upcoming years. Increase in population, rise in disposable income, and growth in government initiatives are the major factors that are expected to drive the district heating market growth in this region. In addition, increase in the number of households connected to district heating and rise in demand for thermal comfort are propelling the growth of the district heating market.

Fortum is one of the leading company in district heating service providers. The company provides district heating solutions that are energy-efficient and emits comparatively less CO2.  The company have adopted collaborations and partnerships as their growth strategies. Vattenfall is another leading company in district heating service providers.  It provides district heating services for residential and commercial consumers. The main focus of the company is on providing safe and reliable district heating solutions. It uses heat from different sources such as natural gas, nuclear power, wind power, biomass, coal, and solar. Recently, Vattenfall have installed new smart heat meters for the district heating system in Berlin. The advantage of new smart meters is that it have precise control that helps in optimum utilization of fuel to reduce CO2 emission.
Some of the major factors that are expected to drive the growth of the district heating market include rise in demand for energy-efficient and cost-effective heating systems and increase in urbanization and industrialization. However, requirement of high initial investment costs for installation of district heating is expected to restrain the market growth. Furthermore, improved production capabilities and higher operational efficiency of district heating are anticipated to provide growth opportunities for the market expansion.

The district heating market is segmented based on heat source, plant type, application, and region. Based on heat source, the market is categorized into coal, natural gas, renewable, and oil & petroleum products. Based on plant type, it is bifurcated into boiler plant and CHP. Based on application, it is classified into residential, commercial, and industrial. Based on region, the market is analyzed across Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

The major companies profiled in the district heating market include Fortum, Vattenfall, Engie, Danfoss, NRG Energy, Statkraft, Shinryo Corporation, LOGSTOR, Vital Energi, and Kelag.


  • This study comprises analytical depiction of the district heating market with current trends and future estimations to depict the imminent investment pockets.
  • The overall market potential is determined to understand the profitable trends to gain a stronger foothold in the district heating industry.
  • The report presents information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities with a detailed impact analysis.
  • The current district heating market is quantitatively analyzed from 2019 to 2026 to benchmark the financial competency.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates the potency of the buyers and suppliers in the industry.


By Heat Source

  • Coal 
  • Natural Gas
  • Renewable
  • Oil & Petroleum Products

By Plant Type

  • Boiler Plant   
  • CHP

By Application

  • Residential 
  • Commercial 
  • Industrial

By Regions Covered

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • UK
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
    • Latin America
    • Middle East
    • Africa

Key Market Players Profiled

  • Fortum
  • Vattenfall
  • Engie
  • Danfoss
  • NRG Energy 
  • Statkraft 
  • Shinryo Corporation
  • Vital Energi 
  • Kelag
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