Development of the Biella district heating network

Better air quality for the benefit of the community and the environment.

Biella, March 6th 2019

Equivalent to the carbon dioxide absorbed by 200,000 trees, the CO2 not emitted into the atmosphere in Biella thanks to the district heating network of ENGIE Italia.
We are reaching more and more neighborhoods with the district network. The citizens served are now about one in two. 

For Biella, we expect an annual reduction in CO2 emissions into the atmosphere of 25%. By the end of the year, 50% of the city's population will be connected to our district heating network and those who have chosen to join will benefit, not only from the economic savings provided by the reduction in the cost of energy, but also from a safer service, available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.


«The advantages on the environmental side resulting from the extension of the network that, worksite by worksite, reaches more and more areas of the city are evident.
It is also thanks to this project that Biella has cleaner air than in the past

Marco Cavicchioli, mayor of Biella

The data presented today confirm the high quality of the air in Biella, also thanks to the project developed by ENGIE. In fact, in the first two months of 2019, the level of fine dust in the control unit in via Don Sturzo exceeded only for  two days the ceiling value of 50 micrograms per cubic metre of daily average. And it happened in winter, with the heating systems in operation that notoriously worsen the quality of the air, and moreover in a period of dry weather.

«There is no doubt that district heating is one of the factors that have contributed to the improvement of these data».

Diego Presa, councilor for the environment



The boilers of condominiums and buildings that have been switched off thanks to the spread of the district heating network are 240, half methane gas and half diesel or other fuel oil. Of these, 78% are residential users, but the list of public buildings reached by the pipelines is constantly increasing: the municipal offices of Palazzo Oropa and Palazzo Pella, the Biblioteca Civica and the Biblioteca Ragazzi, Villa Schneider, the Museo del Territorio, the secondary schools Salvemini and Marconi, the primary schools of the Village la Marmora, Pietro Micca, Gromo Cridis and Collodi, various kindergartens and nurseries, the Belletti Bona, the La Marmora-Pozzo stadium, the sports hall in Via Paietta, the Basilica of San Sebastiano.

The network is expanding in these days in the area between Via Pietro Micca and Piazza Martiri and Via Gramsci, the Sports Village and the San Paolo district.


«We are committed to two different fronts: the fight against climate change and the impact that pollution has on health.Technologies and innovations come to our aid and among these, district heating which, by using advanced systems more efficient than traditional ones, improves the quality of the air in cities».

Matthieu Bonvoisin, Director of District Heating and Cogeneration ENGIE Italia