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Distict heating Study Trip to Denmark

Distirict Harting study trip

Picture: Inside waste plant Amager Bakke in Copenhagen


17-18 January 2018 a group of officials from the Scottish and UK Governments went to see how the Denmark is reducing carbon emissions in heating for buildings. They visited three large heat network (district heating) projects in Greater Copenhagen and met experts from the Danish Government agencies that regulate and promote district heating good practice.

The visit was organised by the Danish Embassy in London and the Danish Energy Agency in Copenhagen.

In Denmark, 40 percent of heat for buildings is from renewable energy sources; over half (55 percent) of heat supplied from heat networks is from renewables; and 64 percent of buildings in Denmark are connected to heat networks (district heating). In contrast in the UK, fossil-fuel boilers in individual buildings provide 88 percent of the heating for homes.

However, the UK and Scottish Governments have ambitions to substantially increase the amount of heat from low carbon heat networks and are providing support with funding. The Danish Embassy in London estimates that over £1 billion of contracts have been awarded for district heating projects in Britain since 2013.