12. jul 2017

District heating and cooling as part of Danish energy and climate policy

The objective of the Danish energy policy as a whole is that Denmark should cease to dependent on fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) by 2050. This is an ambitious strategy, which means that Denmark must be able to cover the whole of its net energy consumption with renewable energy by 2050. 

Net consumption means that fossil energy will still be required in certain cases, subject to Denmark being able to export a corresponding quantity of renewable energy to other countries. Therefore, the Danish energy and supply sector is currently undergoing a changeover towards energy production that is based on renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, biomass and geothermal energy. The changeover will solve problems with regard to security of supply and challenges posed by the climate.

The Danish district heating and cooling sector is no exception: Energy efficiency gains and green conversion characterise the development of this sector, which annually bases an increased proportion of the supply on green energy sources. This means that over half of the energy that is used for district heating production today comes from green energy.