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Building Heating Supply Areas / Predominant Heating Types 2000

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The graphical representation of the assessed structural heating data for Berlin’s residential and commercial spaces provides a useful tool for analyzing both larger-scale contiguous areas and self-contained sites.

Map 08.01 Building Heating Supply Areas

Fuel consumption in buildings greatly depends on their structural layout and geographical location. Marked differences can be noted between the city’s 12 boroughs; usage of the different energy carriers varies greatly depending on the boroughs’ respective locations within the city (cf. fig. 2).

Map 08.01.1 District Heating Supply Areas reflects very clearly the local proximity of heating plants and heating power plants to their respective supply areas. The largest share of district heating in Berlin is provided by BEWAG, with a network spanning approx. 1,200 km. The great majority of the 7,260 blocks with access to a district heating network also make use of this heating option (more than 60 percent). In newly developed and existing outskirt residential areas such as Hohenschönhausen, Marzahn or Märkisches Viertel, many large housing estates are supplied exclusively with district heat. Altogether, the map demonstrates Berlin’s leading position in Europe for the supply of district heating. Since 1995, many of the potential candidates for district heat connection – particularly coal-heated old buildings bordering existing district-heat-supplied areas – have been integrated into the networks.

Map 08.01.2 Gas Heating Supply Areas shows the finely meshed distribution of the gas pipe network over the entire Berlin conurbation. In contrast to the 1994 survey, the proportional shares of gas heating within the respective statistical blocks are no longer just between 10 and 40 percent. As well as in the areas that were already committed to gas heating in 1994, gas has also become the primary heating energy carrier in large areas of Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg (cf. fig. 8), southern Pankow, and to a lesser degree Köpenick and Treptow. Isolated administration, service provision and production sites all over Berlin are also taking advantage of the gas network. As is the case with district heat, most of the new gas connections have been introduced in blocks that previously relied on coal for their heat supply.

Before the unification of the two city halves but also as late as 1994, there was only very little oil-fired building heating to be found in the eastern part of Berlin, and in virtually no block was fuel oil the predominant energy carrier. Map 08.01.3 Oil Heating Supply Areas (supply situation 1999/2000), however, indicates that today there are numerous blocks that use fuel oil for more than 80 percent of their heating requirements, particularly in those areas of eastern Berlin that do not have access to the pipe networks. The geographical spread shows no clearly defined centers, instead there is a narrow stretch of fuel oil usage along the eastern city perimeter. The increase in oil heating that was to be expected after 1994 can largely be traced to the organized replacement of coal-fired hot-water boilers (cf. fig. 7).

In the eastern part of the inner city, on the other hand, there are virtually no blocks that rely on fuel oil for heating.

Supply structures in the western part of the city have undergone much less change. In the suburban housing areas on the city outskirts, fuel oil continues to dominate as the primary heating source. The fuel oil share of the total heated floor area in such blocks is often well above 60 percent.

Major shifts towards pipe-dependent heating systems are to be found in a number of inner city areas, for example, south of Bismarckstrasse in Charlottenburg.

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Fig. 7: 1994/2000 consumption changes for individual heating types; blocks containing single-family and duplex houses, Lichtenrade and Kaulsdorf/Mahlsdorf (predominantly residential blocks with "garden style" architecture)
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Map 08.01.4 Gas Heating Supply Areas very clearly demonstrates the dramatic 70 percent decrease in coal heating in housing and workplace areas since 1994 (cf. figs. 7 and 8). Currently, only 5 percent of all spaces are heated with coal; of these, most are in Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain, and to a lesser degree in the old building quarters of Kreuzberg. Whereas 1.6 million tons of lignite were still being used for heating in 1991, this value sank down to 600,000 tons in 1994 and by 1999/2000 reached a comparatively low 90,000 tons.

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Fig. 8: 1994/2000 consumption changes for individual heating types; blocks containing Wilhelminian-period buildings, Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg
Image: Umweltatlas Berlin

Note that this graphical representation does not show that more than 70 percent of the fuel used by BEWAG’s major district heating power plants continues to be anthracite, as well as lignite (e.g., the Klingenberg heating power plant) (cf. Map 08.02.2).

Map 08.02 Predominant Heating Types

Map 08.02.1 Supply Shares of Individual Energy Carriers

As the predominant heating types represented on this map demonstrate, the heating structures within the two city halves still differ greatly. In the west, particularly the areas outside of the inner City-Rail Circle Line, fuel oil has a long tradition of being the dominant fuel type for building heating.

In the inner city, district heating is generally the primary heating source. Natural gas is a dominating source only in parts of Kreuzberg and Neukölln; however, as mentioned above (cf. 08.01.2 Gas Heating Supply Areas), its use has become wide-spread throughout Berlin.

In the eastern parts of the city, the dominating role of coal heating that could still be noted for large areas in 1994 has diminished almost completely. It has been replaced foremostly with natural gas and fuel oil, the latter being used particularly in areas outside of the inner city. The dramatic increase in gas heating recorded since 1994 – almost 70 percent – is caused primarily by increased usage in the eastern boroughs. Thanks to the established supply networks, district heat has also been a primary source for heating in these areas, even before 1989. In the modern development projects of Marzahn and Hellersdorf, district heat in fact has a supply share of 100 percent.

In some outskirt areas such as Biesdorf, Mahlsdorf and Rahnsdorf, mixed supply types dominate, e.g., gas plus fuel oil. As with another frequently encountered mixed supply type – district heat plus fuel oil – this is largely a result of replacing coal as an energy source. In the western part, mixed supply with gas and oil is dominant in areas with contiguous block development, for instance Schöneberg, Tiergarten, Wedding, as well as Spandau and Reinickendorf.

With regard to future developments in the use of heating energy, it is the mixed supply areas of Berlin that are of particular interest – as are those where different supply structures are directly adjacent. Due to the spatial proximities in these areas, there are great opportunities to further develop the use of district heat and gas.

Map 08.02.2 Fuel Use of Major Heating Plants and Heating Power Plants

Map 08.02.2 Fuel Use of Major Heating Plants and Heating Power Plants demonstrates that even in Berlin’s power plants, fuel use varies greatly. The predominant energy sources used in the city’s 35 certified plants are anthracite (50 percent), lignite and natural gas (25 percent each). Fuel use ranges from 100 percent natural gas (e.g., the Charlottenburg heating plant) to 90 percent lignite (e.g., Klingenberg heating power plant) (cf. fig. 6).