Climate neutral district heating for the whole Europe-City

Görlitz (GER) and Zgorzelec (PL) are two cities located in the middle of the European Union. Together they represent a population of more than 87,000 Inhabitants and have an area of around 100 km².

In 1998, Görlitz and Zgorzelec declared themselves “Europe-City” to intensify the close cross-border cooperation between the two municipalities. Since then, international cooperation in all areas has formed the basis for the joint further development of the Europe-City.

After the successful implementation of numerous projects and initiatives, both cities want to cooperate in a further step and connect their infrastructure for more safety, efficiency and sustainability. 

Our vision: climate-neutral district heating by 2030

At a time when environmental protection is a hot topic, Görlitz and Zgorzelec are connecting their district heating networks to supply their citizens with climate-neutral district heating. 

It is a cooperation with symbolic character for the European city and a role model for the whole of Europe: two countries are working hand in hand to provide their citizens with a climate-neutral supply.

Lighthouse project for the European Union

Around 50.000 t/a CO2 reduction

Significant increase in efficiency

European cooperation

Another advantage is the possibility of replacement of old heating systems:
Along the new district heating route, new houses can be connected to the district heating grid at the customer's request. In this way, old heating systems can be replaced by modern, climate-neutral generation technologies. 

Current district heating systems

On behalf of the SEC Zgorzelec there is one district heating system on the Polish side:

  • Groszowa - District heating is generated at Ulica Groszowa using coal and natural gas boilers.

SWG operates four district heating areas in Görlitz, which are operated separately from each other and whose district heating is generated on the basis of combined heat and power:

  • Königshufen (Natural gas CHP)
  • Weinhübel (Natural gas CHP)
  • Rauschwalde (Natural gas CHP)
  • Goethestraße (Natural gas CHP)

A total of approx. 140 GWh of district heating is generated for the entire European City of Görlitz/Zgorzelec each year. This produces around 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

What does the project entail?

1. CConnection and expansion of all district heating grids in Görlitz and Zgorzelec. 
The construction of a total of around 12 km of pipelines is planned, including 2.4 km between Görlitz Königshufen and Zgorzelec.

2. Decentralized heat generation from climate-neutral technologies. 
The new generation plants are being built at different locations in both Görlitz and Zgorzelec.

Mix of climate-neutral technologies

Due to its strong symbolism, the project has received strong political support since its inception


Signing of the Letter of Intend (LOI) between the cities of Görlitz & Zgorzelec.


The Prime Minister of Saxony Michael Kretschmer (left) and the Marshal of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Cezary Przybylski (r.), sign a joint letter of support from both regions at the Görlitz Old Town Bridge.

09.05.2022 / 30.08.2022

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and the Polish Ministry of Climate and Environment sign a joint letter of support from both Member States. Shortly afterwards, the European Commission awarded the project CEF-CB RES status, officially documenting the project's eligibility for funding.


Robert Habeck, Vice Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany pledges his support in the search for additional national funding.


The German Energy Agency (dena), on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office, coordinates the work of the German-Polish Energy Platform together with the Polish Energy Agency KAPE. The platform has selected our project as a flagship project and provides us with advisory support.


Signing of the cooperation agreement between SWG AG and SEC Zgorzelec.


Signing of the Member State Agreement by the State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and Poland's Ministry for Climate and Environment (MKiS).


Submission of the first funding applications within the framework of the CEF CB RES funding program (Connecting Europe Facility) to the European Union. The funding applications concerned the planning costs for the entire project and the investment costs for the first construction phases.