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New video: green energy from the spa to the zoo
Covenant Signatory Budapest is closer to achieving its 21% CO2 emissions reduction target thanks to an innovative partnership established with the local district heating company, the thermal bath and the zoo. The city sits on more than 100 thermal springs and has around 50 baths, pools and therapeutic centres. This makes it an ideal location for the use of geothermal energy, something the city authorities and businesses are keen to test and use.

The partnership allows the heat from the thermal waters to be recycled in order to supply warm air to 350 species of animals and 500 types of plants in the zoo. The transmission of energy is achieved through the installation of heat exchangers that allow for efficient heat transfer. This pioneering venture has already reaped its benefits with heat demand being covered with cheaper and safer energy reducing by one third energy costs and avoiding some 500 tonnes of CO2.

The success of the partnership will lead to similar projects being established in other parts of the city thus contributing to further CO2 emissions reduction.

Watch the video here.

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