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98% reduction in CO2 emissions

  • In Lihula in Estonia, the EEA Grants has supported the modernisation of the district heating facility, reducing the CO2 emissions in the district from 1350 tonnes annually to 27 tonnes.

    In 2006, Lihula town was facing rapidly growing fossil fuel prices. The Municipality owned district heating company OÜ Lihula Soojus used oil shale oil to heat the buildings connected to the district heating network, causing 1350 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. At the same time, in Lihula  Municipality considerable available renewable biofuel resources remained unused.

    Conversion to biofuels
    In 2008, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway provided the necessary co-financing to convert to biofuels at the district heating plant. A new multi fuel boiler for burning biomass and wood chips was installed, the district heating facility was enlarged to guarantee sufficiently high and large biofuels storage, new water treatment systems were installed and the piping inside the boiler house was renewed. Today oil shale oil is only used as reserve fuel.

    By replacing the fossil fuelled boiler by a new biomass boiler, the energy company OÜ Lihula Soojus will reduce CO2 emissions in the municipality from 1350 tonnes annually to 27 tonnes. The project also secures the municipality with local and stable heating fuel and offers a use for the grass from the alluvial meadows of the Matsalu Nature Park, which have to be mowed annually in order to preserve the natural diversity in the area.

     /></p><p><strong>No need for fossil fuels</strong><br />Between October 2009 and May 2010 only renewable biofuels have been used for heat energy generation at the district heating plant, according to board member Anu-Mai Levo at Foxia Llc.

    The project is the first of its kind in Estonia and many other heating facilities are closely following Lihula`s progress and experience, ready to copy the model.

    Consult a PowerPoint presentation of the project.

    Photos: OÜ Lihula Soojus

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    Project title:

    Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions through the Adoption of Renewable Biofuels in the Boiler House of OÜ Lihula Soojus

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Environment and sustainable development


    € 389,861



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    OÜ Lihula Soojus

    Type of institution:


    Project duration:

    21 months

    Project cost:

    € 777,662

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    EEA Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    14 April 2008

    The purpose of the Project is adoption of renewable biofuels in the Lihula Soojus OÜ boiler house improving the sustainable use and the economic efficiency of energy resources with the overall objective of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in Estonia. Reference is made to the application dated 16 July 2007 and further correspondence with the Focal Point dated 24 August, 24 September and 9 October 2007.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - Search for a project manager and owner supervision specialist and creation of the project organisation;

    - public procurement for supply and installation of the 0.8 MW herbaceous biomass boiler and 1 MW wood chip biomass boiler for the boiler house at Aia 16, Lihula.

    - preparation of the building designs, construction of the fuel warehouse, reconstruction of the boiler house and the feeder system;

    - public procurement for biofuel suppliers according to the public procurement act including contract negotiations and conclusion of supply contracts;

    - preparation and organisation and finalisation of a public procurement for equipment maintenance provider and;

    - publicity activities including development and distribution of a booklet, participation on seminars, publication of articles about the project in local and national newspapers and on the project website.

    The Project Promoter is the OÜ Lihula Soojus (a distribution and production of heat company).

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter provides at least 50 percent of the total eligible costs from own funds.