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Danish Energy Minister Signs Agreement with Scottish Government

  Lars Christian Lilleholt and Paul Wheelhouse signing MoU

(Picture: Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate and Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy signing MoU)

On Monday 14 May, Lars Christian Lilleholt, the Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, met Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, to sign a renewed Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on low carbon heat, district heat systems and energy efficiency in buildings. The signing ceremony took place in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. The Danish Minister was accompanied by the Danish Ambassador the UK, Lars Thuesen.

The Scottish Government aims to reduce CO2 emissions in Scotland by 80 per cent by 2050. On the road to reach that target, the aim is by 2032 to reduce energy consumption in buildings by 15 per cent and their carbon emissions by 23 per cent. The new agreement between Denmark and Scotland will support this by an exchange of knowledge and experience in creating district heating schemes, renewable heat production and energy efficient buildings.

"The Scottish Government is clearly ambitious in the low carbon energy and climate area. I am very pleased to sign this new cooperation agreement, which I hope will support Scotland's green conversion with Danish energy solutions. Scotland is focusing on low carbon heating, such as district heating and increased energy efficiency in buildings, and Denmark is able to offer expert knowledge based on our 40-years of experience", says Lars Christian Lilleholt.

Speaking after the meeting, Paul Wheelhouse said:

“I welcome the renewed commitment to collaboration with our Danish partners and the opportunity to further strengthen our close relations with the Danish Government via sharing our knowledge and experience in energy (..). This refreshed Memorandum between the Government of Denmark and the Scottish Government is testament to the benefits of working with other likeminded, progressive European countries and sharing best practice for making buildings more energy efficient, decarbonising our heat system, diversifying our sources of heat, tackling fuel poverty, and maximising the local economic opportunities of the transition to a low carbon heat sector”.

Visit at University

(Picture: Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate and Ambassador Lars Thuesen together with Dave Gorman, Director of Social responsibility and Sustainability at Edinburgh University)


After signing the MoU the Danish Minister was shown examples of Danish companies working in the Scotland when he visited Edinburgh University to see the installation of district heating and cooling pipes manufactured by Logstor. The work in George Square follows a design brief by Ramboll, and is being carried out by British company Vital Energi as part of the extension of the university’s campus energy network.



Meeting with Danish energy companies

(Picture: Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate and Lars Thuesen, Danish Ambassador to the UK meeting Danish companies exporting energy efficient solutions to the UK at SAV Systems head quarter in Edinburgh)


Following the site visit, the Danish Minister went to SAV Systems in the New Town, for discussions with Danish companies exporting energy efficient solutions to the UK. Present were representatives of Danfoss, Velux, Kamstrup, Ista and Ramboll. A representative of a Danish trade association was also present.


The Danish Minister’s visit to Scotland was arranged in cooperation with the Danish Embassy in London, the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate and the Scottish Government.