District Cooling Market Research Report—Global Forecast till 2032

District Cooling Market Research Report Information By Production Technique (Free Cooling, Absorption Chillers, Electric Chillers) Operations (Storage, Distribution, Production) End User (Residential, Commercial, Industrial) and By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World) –Market Forecast Till 2032

ID: MRFR/E&P/9572-HCR | 120 Pages | Author: Anshula Mandaokar | February 2024         

Global District Cooling Market Overview:


District Cooling Market Size was valued at USD 28.5 Billion in 2022. The District Cooling market industry is projected to grow from USD 30.5 Billion in 2023 to USD 53.7 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.30% during the forecast period (2023 - 2032). Energy efficiency and sustainability, urbanization and population growth, infrastructure development, government incentives and regulations, reduced environmental impact, real estate and commercial sector demand, are the key market drivers enhancing the market growth.


District Cooling Market Overview


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


District Cooling Market Trends




  • Energy efficiency and sustainability is driving the market growth




The district cooling market has seen significant growth driven by energy efficiency and sustainability, completely changing the way we think about cooling systems in cities. When compared to standard air-conditioning systems, district cooling is a cutting-edge solution that offers centralized cooling services to several buildings and facilities. These benefits include lower energy use, a smaller environmental effect, and higher overall efficiency.


Traditional cooling techniques, particularly individual air conditioners, are infamous for their high energy consumption, which raises power costs and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. District cooling systems, on the other hand, supply cooling services more effectively because to economies of scale and cutting-edge technology. District cooling systems can dramatically reduce overall energy consumption and carbon footprints by centralizing the production and distribution of chilled water, maximizing energy efficiency and supporting global efforts to address climate change.


Another critical element driving the district cooling business forward is sustainability. Since everyone now recognizes that natural resources are limited, sustainability has taken center stage in all industries, including cooling technologies. District cooling fits in wonderfully with this environmental movement. In the beginning, it makes it possible to incorporate renewable energy sources like solar, geothermal, or waste heat from industrial activities. District cooling systems can run with a minimum reliance on fossil fuels by using these renewable resources to power the cooling plants, thus lowering greenhouse gas emissions.


Governmental and regulatory incentives are a major factor in encouraging the use of district cooling systems. Many nations have put policies and rules into place to promote the adoption of sustainable and energy-efficient technology, such district cooling. These can take the form of monetary rewards, tax exemptions, or onerous environmental restrictions that compel businesses and municipalities to choose sustainable cooling solutions.


Growing demand for environmentally friendly cooling systems is also a result of consumers and businesses being more aware of the value of sustainable practices. Numerous organizations and people are actively looking for solutions to cut their carbon footprint and support a greener future. By embracing district cooling, they can show their dedication to sustainability while saving money on electricity and getting better cooling results. Thus, driving the District Cooling market revenue.


District Cooling Market Segment Insights:


District Cooling Production Technique Insights


The District Cooling Market segmentation, based on Production Technique, includes Free Cooling, Absorption Chillers, and Electric Chillers. The electric chillers segment dominated the market in 2022. Electric chillers are a tried-and-true cooling technology with a long history. They have a history of dependable performance and have been utilized for decades in a variety of sectors. For district cooling systems, this dependability is essential because any outage or inefficiency could have an impact on numerous buildings and customers.


District Cooling Operations Insights


The District Cooling Market segmentation, based on Operations, includes Storage, Distribution, and Production. The distribution category generated the most income in 2022. District cooling systems routinely enters into multiyear or even decades-long contracts with its customers. These agreements occasionally include commitments from building owners or developers to use the district cooling services provided by the system. Due to the fact that they ensure a consistent and predictable cash stream for the distribution category, these long-term contracts are attractive and profitable investments for district cooling suppliers.


District Cooling End User Insights


The District Cooling Market segmentation, based on End User, includes Residential, Commercial, and Industrial. The commercial segment dominated the market in 2022. Green building programs and certifications, such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which stress sustainable and environmentally friendly methods, have gained support from many commercial developers and building owners. As it encourages energy efficiency, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, and reduces carbon footprint overall, district cooling fits in nicely with these programs. The commercial sector's emphasis on sustainability has enhanced district cooling's uptake.


Figure 1: District Cooling Market, by end user, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)


District Cooling Market, by end user, 2022 & 2032


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


District Cooling Regional Insights


By region, the study provides the market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. The North America District Cooling Market dominated this market in 2022 (45.80%). Numerous heavily populated urban areas in North America, including New York City, Chicago, and Toronto, have a high demand for cooling services. In these densely populated locations, district cooling systems are especially well suited since they can effectively cool numerous buildings from a single central cooling plant. These urban areas provide a natural market for district cooling, which helps to explain its dominance in the area. Further, the U.S. District Cooling market held the largest market share, and the Canada District Cooling market was the fastest growing market in the North America region.


Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The U.S., Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.


Figure 2: District Cooling Market Share By Region 2022 (USD Billion)


District Cooling Market Share By Region 2022


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Europe District Cooling market accounts for the second-largest market share. District heating networks are well-established in several European cities. These systems can be supplemented by district cooling, which uses the waste heat from cogeneration units to deliver cooling services. In Europe, the usage of district cooling solutions has increased due to the growing popularity of this integrated approach to district energy systems. Further, the German District Cooling market held the largest market share, and the UK District Cooling market was the fastest growing market in the European region.


The Asia-Pacific District Cooling Market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032. The Asia-Pacific region is extremely susceptible to climate change's effects, such as extreme weather and rising temperatures. For the purpose of limiting the effects of climate change, carbon emissions and energy consumption must be reduced. District cooling systems are seen to be a good way to address these issues because they have the ability to use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases. Moreover, China’s District Cooling market held the largest market share, and the Indian District Cooling market was the fastest growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.


District Cooling Key Market Players & Competitive Insights


Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development in order to expand their product lines, which will help the District Cooling market, grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking a variety of strategic activities to expand their global footprint, with important market developments including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, District Cooling industry must offer cost-effective items.


Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics used by manufacturers in the global District Cooling industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. In recent years, the District Cooling industry has offered some of the most significant advantages to medicine. Major players in the District Cooling market, including Veolia (France), Danfoss (Denmark), Emirates District Cooling, LLC (EMICOOL) (UAE), Shinryo Corporation (Japan), Alfa Laval AB (Sweden), ADC Energy Systems LLC (UAE), Daikin Industries Ltd. (Japan), National Central Cooling Company PJSC (TABREED) (UAE), SNC-Lavalin (Canada), Keppel Corporation Limited (Singapore), Emirates Central Cooling System Corporation (EMPOWER) (UAE), Qatar District Cooling Company (QATAR COOL), Stellar Energy (USA), Engie (France) and others, are attempting to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations.


Veolia Environnement SA (Veolia) provides environmental management services. The company offers services for waste collection, waste-to-energy processing, waste dismantling, drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment alternatives, waste collection, and the handling of hazardous materials. It offers energy solutions for every stage of the conversion process, from bringing energy sources into an industrial site to building new facilities or renovating existing ones to reselling the electricity produced on the open market. The corporation offers services to governmental organizations, local governments, clients of industrial and commercial service providers, and private individuals in Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Oceania. Veolia's headquarters are in Paris, Ile-de-France, France.


The company Daikin Industries Ltd. (Daikin) manufactures air conditioners and refrigerants. It provides a wide range of products and technology for electronics, air conditioning, refrigeration systems, military systems, and oil hydraulics. Air conditioners made by the firm are extensively used in residential, commercial, and industrial environments. Fluoroplastics, chemical engineering tools, fluorocarbons, and high-end chemical products are also offered. The company sells oxygen therapy equipment, mobile hydraulic equipment, guided missile component parts, and industrial hydraulic machinery. Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Oceania are all regions in which it conducts business. The headquarters of Daikin are located in Osaka, Japan.


Key Companies in the District Cooling market include



  • Veolia (France)

  • Danfoss (Denmark)

  • Emirates District Cooling, LLC (EMICOOL) (UAE)

  • Shinryo Corporation (Japan)

  • Alfa Laval AB (Sweden)

  • ADC Energy Systems LLC (UAE)

  • Daikin Industries Ltd. (Japan)

  • National Central Cooling Company PJSC (TABREED) (UAE)

  • SNC-Lavalin (Canada)

  • Keppel Corporation Limited (Singapore)

  • Emirates Central Cooling System Corporation (EMPOWER) (UAE)

  • Qatar District Cooling Company (QATAR COOL)

  • Stellar Energy (USA)

  • Engie (France)


District Cooling Industry Developments


March 2023: Empower, the largest provider of district cooling services in the world, and Sobha Realty, one of the top premium real estate developers in the UAE, entered into an agreement to provide environmentally friendly district cooling services to the developer's mixed-use projects, including the Sobha Hartland master community with a capacity of 17,000 refrigeration tons (RT).


April 2022: A joint venture was formed to expand EMICOOL when Actis, a top global investor in sustainable infrastructure, agreed to buy a 50% stake in Emirates District Cooling Company (EMICOOL) from Dubai Investments, the top diversified investment company listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), for a corporate valuation of US$1 billion. The JV, which has a huge network across many regions, aims to support EMICOOL in its goal of becoming one of the top suppliers of efficient and sustainable district cooling services in the larger MENA area.


District Cooling Market Segmentation:


District Cooling Production Technique Outlook



  • Free Cooling

  • Absorption Chillers

  • Electric Chillers


District Cooling Operations Outlook



  • Storage

  • Distribution

  • Production


District Cooling End User Outlook



  • Residential

  • Commercial

  • Industrial


District Cooling Regional Outlook



  • North America

    • U.S.

    • Canada



  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe



  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific



  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America



Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2022 USD 28.5 Billion
Market Size 2023 USD 30.5 Billion
Market Size 2032 USD 53.7 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 7.30% (2023-2032)
Base Year 2022
Market Forecast Period 2023-2032
Historical Data 2018- 2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Billion)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Production Technique, Operations, End User, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World
Countries Covered The U.S., Canada, German, France, UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil
Key Companies Profiled Veolia (France), Danfoss (Denmark), Emirates District Cooling, LLC (EMICOOL) (UAE), Shinryo Corporation (Japan), Alfa Laval AB (Sweden), ADC Energy Systems LLC (UAE), Daikin Industries Ltd. (Japan), National Central Cooling Company PJSC (TABREED) (UAE), SNC-Lavalin (Canada), Keppel Corporation Limited (Singapore), Emirates Central Cooling System Corporation (EMPOWER) (UAE), Qatar District Cooling Company (QATAR COOL), Stellar Energy (USA), Engie (France)
Key Market Opportunities Market expansion will be fueled by a trend toward sustainability and energy efficiency.
Key Market Dynamics District cooling systems will be more in demand as a result of intense heatwaves.




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The District Cooling Market size was valued at USD 28.5 Billion in 2022.

The global market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.30% during the forecast period, 2023-2032.

North America had the largest share in the global market

The key players in the market are Veolia (France), Danfoss (Denmark), Emirates District Cooling, LLC (EMICOOL) (UAE), Shinryo Corporation (Japan), Alfa Laval AB (Sweden), ADC Energy Systems LLC (UAE), Daikin Industries Ltd. (Japan), National Central Cooling Company PJSC (TABREED) (UAE), SNC-Lavalin (Canada), Keppel Corporation Limited (Singapore), Emirates Central Cooling System Corporation (EMPOWER) (UAE), Qatar District Cooling Company (QATAR COOL), Stellar Energy (USA), Engie (France).

The Electric Chillers category dominated the market in 2022.

The Commercial had the largest share in the global market.

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