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New Covenant of Mayors video on the use of geothermal energy in Budapest

Our member Budapest is in the spotlight in the latest video produced by the Covenant of Mayors office.

In Budapest, there is great potential to use geothermal energy. Since 2011, and with the support of the city authorities, an innovative partnership has been established between the zoo, the historical Szechenyi thermal bath and the local district heating company. This 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. This pioneering venture has already reaped benefits: heat demand is met by a cheaper and safer source of energy, reducing energy costs by a third and saving around 500 tonnes of CO2.

The results from this partnership are contributing to the work Budapest is doing in order to achieve the Covenant of Mayors targets of reducing by 2020, 21% of its CO2 emissions. 

Watch the video below: