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District Energy - Energy Efficiency for Urban Areas

21.03.2016  16:17

The new white paper on district energy draws on competences built up through more than 100 years of experience with district energy in Denmark. It highlights some of the main learnings to consider when wanting to expand the use of district energy by including relevant cases from around the world.

Denmark’s strong drive towards implementation of district heating was a result of the oil shocks of the 1970s. Completely dependent on imported oil for decades, Denmark was shaken by the oil crisis. Subsequently, comprehensive analysis of different alternative heat supply options clearly showed that district heating in many areas was the best solution, therefore, Denmark passed its first heat supply law in 1979.

“Based on this law, Danish stakeholders have developed a political framework to implement district heating successfully across Denmark and gained valuable experience over the past four decades. This has also spurred the growth of numerous companies, who deliver state-of-the-art technologies and know-how within all parts of the value chain of district energy systems”, explains Lars Chr. Lilleholt, Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate in the foreword of the white paper. Read more