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Making cities more pleasant to live in

By ENGIE - 16 December 2019 - 16:35

Reducing CO2 emissions and making the environment healthier: the cities of Saarbrücken and Gera in Germany have decided to implement solutions that will help to accelerate decarbonization. ENGIE has risen to this challenge by providing decentralized, more modern power generation and heat production solutions to accelerate the decarbonization of these regions.


Key figures



  • 30,000 homes heated from 2022
  • 60,000 metric tons less of CO2 emitted per year



  • 19,000 homes heated
  • 50,000 metric tons less of CO2 emitted per year


Customer challenges


  • Significantly reducing CO2 emissions
  • Building and renovating power generation and heat production plants
  • Optimising energy production and consumption
  • Improving the quality of the environment and quality of life in cities and regions
  • Proximity to customers


ENGIE solution


ENGIE provides the most modern, effective and clean solutions to meet the challenges of carbon neutrality in German cities and regions, in collaboration with city and local authorities. 


ENGIE will build a new combined heat and power plant (50 MW) in the city of Saarbrücken in the state of Saarland. This plant which enable the complete cessation of coal-based power generation and will supply urban heating to about 30,000 households from 2022. ENGIE will reduce the city’s CO2 emissions by around 60,000 metric tons per year.


In the city of Gera in Thuringia, ENGIE has scheduled the replacement of two old gas thermal power plants (145 MW heat and 40 MW electricity) with gas-fired combined heat and power plants and six decentralized gas boilers to serve the 19,000 customers on the heating network. The renovation of the distribution network and replacement of the old plants has enabled the city to reduce its CO2 emissions by around 50,000 metric tons per year. 


Expertise and offerings 


  • Combined heat and energy production plant 
  • Renovation of the urban heating network
  • Restructuring of heat production: Nine gas-fired combined heat and power plants and six boilers 



“District heating has great potential for combating climate change. With modern, decentralized power plants, closer to their customers, ENGIE enables cities and regions to significantly reduce their CO2 emissions.”

Paulo Almirante, ENGIE’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


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