May-June 2021: Virtual Tuesdays

Virtual Tuesdays with Central & Eastern Europe:
Learn more about heating and cooling opportunities in 7 markets
Tuesdays in May and June

Virtual Tuesdays will provide in-depth overviews to understand opportunities, procurement processes and available programs for doing international business in 7 markets of focus. Attendees can join interactive discussions with the market’s Canadian Trade Commissioner and special guest speakers who will share their perspectives on current situation, challenges and opportunities. Attendees will be able to identify opportunities and work with the local Canadian Trade Commissioner and the Toronto Clean Energy Partnership to explore trade opportunities as part of the next stage of the initiative.

Virtual Tuesdays

Please note: Each event has a unique registration link – please register for each event separately. Once registered, you will receive a Zoom link closer to the event date. If you have any questions about these events, please contact Rita Patlan: Rita.Patlan@Ontario.ca


Latvia | May 25, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. EST
REGISTER NOW (Deadline: May 21)

In achieving Latvia’s national climate and energy objectives, there is a need to improve the energy efficient of heat networks and promote the use of RES in district heating.  Cogeneration plants and boiler houses still massively use natural gas.  A substantial part of EU funding was and is invested in measures, leading to a series of tenders to improve the efficiency of district heating systems, which started in 2009.

Moderators:
– Rob McMonagle, Senior Advisor, Green Sectors, City of Toronto
– Irena Cirule, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada to Latvia

Presenter:
– Reinis Aboltins, Energy Consultant and Researcher at the Riga Technical University


Kyiv, Ukraine | June 1, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. EST
REGISTER NOW (Deadline: May 28)

The DHS of Kyiv is characterized by outdated and worn out infrastructure (pipelines and technological equipment) that needs upgrade and replacement.  International financial institutions (the World Bank, EBRD, EIB) continue to be the key investors of DHS renovations providing their financing to the government of Ukraine and municipalities under state or municipal guarantees.

Moderators:
– Rob McMonagle, Senior Advisor, Green Sectors, City of Toronto
– Ielyzaveta Zhuravska, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada to Ukraine

Presenters:
– Dmyto Naumenko, Director of Kyiv City Utilities Department
– Vyacheslav Bind, Director of the Municipal Enterprise KyivTeploEnergo
– Sergii Rybachuk, Deputy Technical Director of the Municipal Enterprise KyivTeploEnergo


Serbia | June 1, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. EST
REGISTER NOW (Deadline: May 28)

District heating (DH) in 59 cities in Serbia has an aggregated heat production capacity of close to 6,000MW.  Approximately 25% of households are connected to District Heating Systems with an annual grid connectivity grid of 0.24%.  There is a very low penetration of renewables and waste heat and a lack of finance and institutional capacity, holistic planning in cities, technical expertise on renewables, PPPs and innovative business models are prevalent. Cities need support and funding to identify, plan, assess feasibility, procure and attract 3rd-party financing for projects in order to meet national energy policy ambitions on renewable DH.

Moderators:
– Rob McMonagle, Senior Advisor, Green Sectors, City of Toronto
– Filip Petrovic, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada to Serbia

Presenters:
– Dejan Stojanović, Director, Serbian Association of District Heating Plants
– Bojan Bogdanović, Fund Manager, Renewable District Energy in the Western Balkans Fund (ReDEWeB) at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)


Prague, Czech Republic | June 8, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. EST
REGISTER NOW (Deadline: June 4)

The capital city of Prague has long been one of the areas with a higher level of air pollution due to road congestion, transport emissions, fireplaces and stoves in the Czech Republic.  The air load from local heating plants remains high especially in the outskirts of the city. The City of Prague has set ambitious targets and made its climate commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030 compared to 2010 and to move towards carbon neutrality by 2050.

Moderators:
– Rob McMonagle, Senior Advisor, Green Sectors, City of Toronto
– Martina Taxová, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada to the Czech Republic

Presenter: TBC


Hungary | Date TBC

In 2020, Hungary adopted a new National Energy and Climate Strategy, setting the goals of phasing out coal by 2025, increase solar capacities, reaching a 90% carbon neutral electricity production and target a 40% decrease in CO2 emission. To reach this target, the city will be implementing a complex development program for the modernization of the Budapest district heating network.

Moderators:
– Rob McMonagle, Senior Advisor, Green Sectors, City of Toronto
– Gergely Morvai, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada to Hungary

Presenter: TBC


Bucharest, Romania | Date TBC

Bucharest has a 70-year old district heating system, which is obsolete and has never underwent any major refurbishment. The current city administration is looking into implementing projects, using European Union, IFIs and state budget funding, to tackle its systemic problems.

Moderators:
– Rob McMonagle, Senior Advisor, Green Sectors, City of Toronto
– Raluca Tudor-Petcu, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada to Romania

Presenter: TBC


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