District Heating Pipeline Network Market Size & Share, by Pipe Type (Pre-Insulated Steel, Polymer); Diameter (20-100mm, 101-300mm, >300 mm); Application (Industrial, Residential, Commercial) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Feb 02, 2024
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024- 2036

District Heating Pipeline Network Market size is anticipated to reach USD 156 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 4% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of the district heating pipeline network was over USD 98 Billion.

In the upcoming years, there is anticipated to be a notable expansion in the worldwide district heating pipeline network industry. The market is expanding as a result of growing consumer demand for energy-efficient heating options, increased attention being paid to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and government backing for the installation of district heating systems. As observed by Research Nester Analysts, according to the most recent IEA analysis, sales of heat pumps worldwide increased by 11% in 2022, reaching a second consecutive year of doubling growth in Central heating technology as part of world's transition towards sustainable energy. By utilizing waste heat from industrial processes or renewable energy sources, district heating systems contribute to energy efficiency.

Furthermore, the growing need for sustainable heating solutions and the trend toward urbanization are also driving district heating pipeline network market expansion. Individual heating systems can be replaced with more dependable and affordable district heating systems. Carbon emissions are decreased as a result of their promotion of the use of renewable energy sources and a decrease in reliance on fossil fuels. According to the International Energy Outlook, renewable energy currently accounts for 15 % of global energy consumption and 28 % of power generation.

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District Heating Pipeline Network Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~ 4%

Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 98 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~ USD 156 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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District Heating Pipeline Network Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges


Growth Drivers

  • Energy Efficiency and Environmental Concerns- District heating systems are known for their energy efficiency compared to individual heating systems. Centralized heat generation plants are often more efficient than decentralized ones, leading to lower overall energy consumption. Additionally, the use of renewable energy sources in district heating further aligns with environmental sustainability goals, attracting governments and businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Cost savings and Long-Term Viability- While the initial investment in district heating infrastructure may be significant, the long-term operational cost savings can be substantial. District heating systems offer economies of scale, and the shared infrastructure reduces the overall cost burden for end-users. As energy prices continue to fluctuate, district heating becomes an attractive option for stable and cost-effective heating solutions.
  • Energy Security and Resilience- District heating provides a more resilient and secure energy supply, especially in regions susceptible to energy supply disruptions. The centralized nature of district heating systems ensures a consistent and reliable heat supply, reducing vulnerability to individual system failures or external disruptions. Heat zoning was made possible in the UK in March 2023 by the Energy Security Bill, which implemented a heat networks regulation. According to estimates made by the Climate Change Committee, heat networks might provide about 18% of the UK's total heat consumption by the year 2050.
  • Integration of Renewable Energy Sources- District heating systems can easily integrate renewable energy sources such as solar thermal, geothermal energy, or biomass. This flexibility allows for the use of sustainable and environmentally friendly energy, contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The global emphasis on transitioning to renewable energy sources further boosts the growth of district heating pipeline networks.


  • High Initial Investment-The construction of district heating infrastructure involves substantial upfront capital investment. Building a centralized heat generation plant and an extensive network of pipelines can be cost-prohibitive, especially for smaller municipalities or regions with limited financial resources.
  • Inconsistent or unclear regulations can impede the growth of the district heating market.
  • Lack of public awareness and misconceptions about district heating may result in resistance from potential customers.

District Heating Pipeline Network Segmentation

Pipe Type (Pre-Insulated Steel, Polymer)

Pre-insulated steel segment is expected to hold 57% share of the district heating pipeline network market by 2036. The segment’s growth is attributed to its thermal efficiency, these are made by fusing polyurethane foams with HDPE material coverings which prevents heat loss during transportation. Moreover, these pipes can withstand temperatures of over 120’c and are cost-effective thereby the district heating pipeline network market outlook in the countries with high heating demand. As per analysis by Research Nester analysts, pre-insulated pipes garner a revenue of around USD 6 Billion in 2023. These pipes are available in a varied range of diameters from 20 mm to 1200mm. Furthermore, the ongoing investments toward sustainable space heating infrastructure across commercial and residential establishments are expected to boost business growth.

Diameter (20-100mm, 101-300mm, ≥300 mm)

The 20mm to 100 mm segment is estimated to hold a significant revenue share during the forecast period. It is anticipated that rising single-family and multistory apartment building investments would accelerate the uptake of these pipelines. The regulatory landscape's favorable subsidies and rebates, which are driving up demand for environmentally friendly HVAC systems, will further expand the district heating pipeline network market. Furthermore, it is projected that rising multistory residential building penetration in emerging economies will fuel market demand for this particular category.

Our in-depth analysis of the global district heating pipeline network market includes the following segments:

     Pipe Type

  • Pre-Insulated Steel
  • Polymer


  • 20-100mm
  • 101-300mm
  • ≥300 mm


  • Industrial
  • Residential
  • Commercial

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District Heating Pipeline Network Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

North American district heating pipeline network market is expected to account for 42% of the global market. The region’s growth is fuelled by a growing emphasis on sustainability and the need for energy-efficient solutions. In the United States and Canada, Urban development and the revitalization of city centers are driving the demand for centralized heating systems. The integration of renewable energy sources, such as biomass and waste heat recovery, aligns with regional commitment to reduce carbon emissions. As analysed Research Nester Analyst, the total U.S energy related carbon dioxide emissions is set to decline by 1.6% in 2025. While the market is gaining traction, challenges persist, including regulatory complexities, varying regional climates, and the dominance of existing heating infrastructure. However, government incentives and environmental policies are encouraging investments in district heating projects. The North American market is poised for further expansion as stakeholders collaborate to address challenges, ensuring a reliable and sustainable energy supply for urban areas while contributing to the broader goals of mitigating climate change.

APAC Market Statistics

Asia Pacific District Heating Pipeline Network Market is estimated to experience robust market growth, driven by a confluence of factors. Rapid urbanization, particularly in countries like China and India, has intensified the demand for efficient heating solutions in densely populated areas. Governments across the region are increasingly recognizing the environmental benefits of district heating, aligning with sustainability goals and air quality improvement initiatives. The integration of renewable energy sources, such as solar and geothermal, within district heating systems underscores the region’s commitment to clean resilient energy solutions. However, challenges persist, including high costs and the need for extensive infrastructure development. As countries navigate these obstacles, the Asia Pacific District Heating Pipeline Network market is poised for expansion, contributing to energy efficiency, reduced emissions, and enhanced urban living standards across the region.

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Companies Dominating the District Heating Pipeline Network Market

    • Thermaflex
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Microflex, LLC 
    • CPV Ltd
    • Perma-Pipe International Holdings Inc.
    • BRUGG Group AG
    • REHAU
    • Golan Plastic Products Ltd 
    • LOGSTOR Denmark Holding ApS
    • Uponor Corporation
    • Honeywell International Inc.
    • Mannesmann Line Pipe GmbH


In The News

  • Honeywell stated that its energy-efficient, ultra-low global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) Solstice® ze (R-1234ze) heat pump is being used in Ireland's first low-carbon district heating network, situated in Tallaght, Dublin. The project is currently operational and will help Ireland meet its targets for renewable energy between 2030 and 2050. It will also benefit the European Union's decarbonization efforts, such as REPowerEU.
  • Competitive Power Ventures announced the launch of its retail energy platform, CPV Retail Energy, which will initially serve commercial and industrial customers in PJM states as a retail electricity provider with plans to eventually enter into New York and New England. By helping businesses achieve their sustainability objectives through renewable and dispatchable low carbon energy solutions, CPV Retail Energy builds on CPV's decarbonization efforts and commitment to environmental sustainability.

Author Credits:  Payel Roy, Dhruv Bhatia

  • Report ID: 5594
  • Published Date: Feb 02, 2024
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Urbanization and population growth, energy efficiency and environmental concerns, government initiatives and regulations, integration of renewable energy sources, energy security, and resilience are some of the major drivers for the district heating pipeline network market.

The market size of district heating pipeline network is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 4 % over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are Microflex, LLC, CPV Ltd, Perma-Pipe International Holdings Inc., BRUGG Group AG, REHAU, Golan Plastic Products Ltd, LOGSTOR Denmark Holding ApS, Uponor Corporation, SUMITOMO MITSUI CONSTRUCTION CO., LTDand others.

The pre-insulated steel segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North American region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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