GVR Report cover District Cooling Market Size, Share & Trends Report

District Cooling Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Production Technique (Free Cooling, Absorption Cooling), By Application (Residential, Commercial), By Region (North America, Europe), And Segment Forecasts, 2024 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68040-335-6
  • Number of Report Pages: 145
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2022
  • Forecast Period: 2024 - 2030 
  • Industry: Advanced Materials

District Cooling Market Size & Trends

The global district cooling market size was estimated at USD 951.0 million in 2023 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.3% from 2024 to 2030. The increasing demand for energy-efficient and sustainable cooling solutions in urban areas is driving the growth of the market. District cooling systems are highly efficient, utilizing centralized production and distribution of cooling energy, which reduces electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional cooling methods.

district cooling market size and growth rate, 2024 - 2030

Rapid urbanization, especially in emerging economies, where the construction of commercial and residential buildings is on the rise, is further fueling the demand for district cooling. Additionally, government initiatives and regulations aimed at promoting energy efficiency and reducing carbon footprints support adopting district cooling systems. The integration of renewable energy sources and advancements in cooling technologies are also expected to drive market growth.

District cooling systems provide a sustainable solution for meeting the cooling needs of densely populated urban areas. These systems offer significant energy savings, reduce peak electricity demand, and minimize environmental impact. They are widely used in commercial buildings, residential complexes, and industrial facilities to provide reliable and efficient cooling services.

Drivers, Opportunities & Restraints

Several factors drive the district cooling market, including the increasing demand for energy-efficient cooling solutions, rapid urbanization, and supportive government policies. The growing awareness about climate change and the need for sustainable urban development also contribute to the market growth. Furthermore, district cooling systems offer cost advantages in reduced energy consumption and lower maintenance costs, making them an attractive option for large-scale cooling applications.

However, the high initial investment and the complexity of installing and integrating district cooling systems pose significant challenges. Additionally, the need for a well-developed infrastructure for the distribution of cooling energy can limit the adoption of district cooling in certain regions.

Despite these challenges, numerous growth opportunities exist, particularly with the increasing focus on smart cities and sustainable urban development. Integrating renewable energy sources, such as solar and geothermal energy, into district cooling systems presents significant innovation and market expansion opportunities.

Production Technique Insights

The demand for absorption cooling segment is expected to grow at a significant CAGR of 3.28% from 2024 to 2030 in terms of revenue.”

The absorption cooling segment led the market, accounting for 40.2% of the global revenue share in 2023. The increasing focus on energy efficiency and the use of waste heat and renewable energy sources are driving the growth of the absorption cooling segment. Absorption cooling systems utilize heat energy instead of electricity to provide cooling, making them an environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution.

The electric chillers segment is also expected to grow significantly due to its widespread use in commercial and industrial applications. Electric chillers are known for their high efficiency and reliability, making them popular for large-scale cooling requirements.

Application Insights

The demand for commercial application segment is expected to grow at a significant CAGR of 5.1% from 2024 to 2030 in terms of revenue.

The commercial application segment accounted for 48.5% of the global market revenue share in 2023. District cooling systems are extensively used in commercial buildings, including offices, hotels, shopping malls, and hospitals, to provide efficient and reliable cooling services. The increasing construction of commercial buildings and the growing emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability drive this segment's demand for district cooling.

district cooling market share and size, 2023

The residential application segment is also expected to grow substantially due to the increasing adoption of district cooling systems in residential complexes and multi-family housing units. The rising urban population and the need for efficient cooling solutions in densely populated areas are contributing to this segment's growth.

Regional Insights

“UAE to witness significant market growth at 4.7% CAGR

Many businesses in the UAE are implementing district cooling systems due to their cost-efficiency and long-term service. District cooling systems require 50% less energy than air conditioners, resulting in lower initial expenditure and ongoing maintenance costs. Large-scale establishments like airports, business buildings, university campuses, and residential towers significantly benefit from district cooling systems cost savings and efficiency.

District cooling systems provide a more energy-efficient and sustainable solution for cooling buildings than individual air conditioning systems. With rising awareness of environmental protection and changing preferences towards energy-efficient refrigeration technology in the country, the demand for district cooling is increasing.

The electric chiller market in the UAE is projected to expand at a significant CAGR of 5.1% over the forecast period. The nation sometimes experiences extremely hot weather, with temperatures exceeding 42°C. Due to these conditions, cooling is a major issue, with a substantial proportion of the energy demand going towards cooling during peak summer. This surge in the need for efficient cooling in the hot climate is a primary driver for district cooling systems that utilize electric chillers.

The market in the Middle East and Africa is experiencing substantial growth due to the region's hot climate, rapid urbanization, and significant investments in infrastructure development. The need for energy-efficient and sustainable cooling solutions in commercial and residential buildings drives the demand for district cooling. Governments in the region are also promoting adopting district cooling systems through favorable policies and incentives.

Asia Pacific District Cooling Market Trends

The Asia Pacific market is witnessing significant growth due to rapid urbanization, increasing construction activities, and rising awareness about energy efficiency. The growing demand for sustainable cooling solutions in countries such as China, Singapore, and Japan is driving market growth. Additionally, government initiatives to promote renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies are supporting the adoption of district cooling systems in the region.

North America District Cooling Market Trends

The increasing focus on energy efficiency and sustainability drives North America's market. The U.S. government is increasingly supporting infrastructural and construction projects that are sustainable in nature, thereby creating a conducive environment for market growth. Moreover, the presence of existing well-developed infrastructure and the growing adoption of smart city initiatives are supporting the growth of the market in this region.

Key District Cooling Company Insights

Some of the key players operating in the market include Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation PJSC, Tabreed, Veolia, Emicool. and Qatar District Cooling Company (Qatar Cool).

  • Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation PJSC is a district cooling service provider in the Middle East. It offers sustainable and energy-efficient cooling solutions for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. The company's extensive network and innovation focus have solidified its market position.

  • Tabreed is a prominent market player known for its advanced cooling technologies and large-scale projects. The company provides reliable and efficient cooling services to various sectors, including real estate, healthcare, and hospitality.

  • Veolia is a global leader in optimized resource management, including district cooling solutions. The company's focus on sustainability and innovation has made it a key player in the market, providing efficient and eco-friendly cooling services.

  • Emicool is a major district cooling service provider in the UAE. It offers energy-efficient and sustainable cooling solutions for residential and commercial buildings. The company's commitment to environmental sustainability and advanced technology integration has driven its market growth.

  • Qatar Cool is a leading district cooling company in Qatar. It provides reliable and efficient cooling services for commercial and residential applications. The company's focus on sustainability and energy efficiency has strengthened its position in the market.

Key District Cooling Companies:

The following are the leading companies in the district cooling market. These companies collectively hold the largest market share and dictate industry trends.

  • Veolia
  • Danfoss
  • Emirates District Cooling, LLC
  • Shinryo Corporation
  • Alfa Laval AB
  • ADC Energy Systems LLC
  • Daikin Industries Ltd.
  • National Central Cooling Company PJSC (TABREED)
  • SNC-Lavalin
  • Keppel Corporation Limited
  • Emirates Central Cooling System Corporation PJSC
  • Qatar District Cooling Company
  • Stellar Energy
  • Engie

Recent Developments

  • In June 2023, Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation PJSC announced it awarded multiple contracts to build a cutting-edge district cooling plant and expand the cooling network in Jumeirah, Dubai. The new plant, with a capacity of 48,000 refrigeration tons (RT), is slated to commence operations by Q3 2024.

  • In February 2022, Tabreed announced its partnership with Gascool, an Egyptian energy and cooling firm, and Marakez, a Saudi real estate developer. They will be providing district cooling services for the new D5M mall. The project location is New Katameya, East Cairo, marking Tabreed's first venture into the Egyptian market, which holds substantial growth potential for the company's future expansion. In this agreement, Tabreed will be the majority stakeholder with a 60% equity share, while Gascool will hold the remaining 40%. The plant will be constructed in stages, with an ultimate operational capacity of 6,000 refrigeration tons (RT) under a long-term contract and a total installed capacity of 7,500 RT.

District Cooling Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2024

USD 986.1 million

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 1.27 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 4.3% from 2024 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2022

Forecast period

2024 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion, and CAGR from 2024 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company market position analysis, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Production technique, application, region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa

Country Scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; UK Germany; France; Finland; Sweden; Japan; China; Singapore; South Korea; Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; UAE; Oman; Qatar.

Key companies profiled

Veolia; Danfoss; Emirates District Cooling, LLC; Shinryo Corporation; Alfa Laval AB; ADC Energy Systems LLC; Daikin Industries Ltd.; National Central Cooling Company PJSC (TABREED); SNC-Lavalin; Keppel Corporation Limited; Emirates Central Cooling System Corporation PJSC; Qatar District Cooling Company; Stellar Energy; Engie

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Global District Cooling Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global district cooling market report based on production technique, application, and region:

  • Production Technique Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Free Cooling

    • Absorption Cooling

    • Electric Chillers

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Residential

    • Commercial

    • Industrial

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • UK

      • Germany

      • France

      • Finland

      • Sweden

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • Singapore

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

      • Oman

      • Qatar

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