The World Bank secured financing from the Korean Green Growth Trust Fund to be used for identification and prioritization of sectoral, policy, and institutional measures for air quality management in the Municipality of Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic. As part of this activity, The World Bank required support to complete pre-feasibility studies for clean heating investments in Bishkek and surrounding areas.
DHInfrastructure completed an assessment of clean heating investments in single-family housing, multifamily apartment buildings, and public buildings. As part of this assessment, we analyzed the current heating situation, including technical, fiscal, environmental, social, and institutional considerations. We identified priority options for clean and sustainable heating with scale-up and emissions-reduction potential. We ranked priority options based on our assessment of (1) levelized financial and economic costs; (2) affordability of OPEX to households; (3) CAPEX subsidies needed; and (4) fuel and service availability. These rankings informed our recommendation on heating options. We also assessed financing mechanisms for each option, proposed a high-level implementation scheme, and provided an analysis on related regulatory, institutional, and social interventions needed for the success of these options.