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Date: 22 April 2014

Following a successful Learning Journey to Copenhagen by 20 Scottish public and private players in the District Heating sector in November 2012, Scotland is delighted to welcome a return delegation of key Danish players from 7-9 May 2014.

In order to give Scottish and Danish players the opportunity to share their experiences and expertise to forge future collaborations, one-to-one meetings will be set up as part of the return mission on 7 May to help deliver higher value solutions within projects.

Scotland has some of the most progressive climate change targets in the world and a commitment to deliver 11% of its heat from renewable sources by 2020. This presents a real opportunity to develop the Heat Industry in Scotland and bring about both economic growth and reduce carbon emissions. Scotland’s Draft Heat Generation Policy Statement (HGPS) was launched on 4 March 2014 and sets out how low carbon heat can reach more householders, business and communities and a clear framework for investment in the future of heat in Scotland. In particular, new initiatives include:

• The national heat map for Scotland
• A target of 40,000 homes to benefit from affordable low carbon heat from district heating, part of an overall target of 1.5 TWh of heat to be delivered by district heating by 2020, to both domestic and non-domestic properties.
• Increasing funding for the District Heating Loan Fund by over £4 million, making £8 million available over the two years 2014 to 2016.
• New work on exploiting Scotland’s geothermal resources

Denmark, on the other hand, has long been a leader in District Heating (DH). DH covers more than 60% of space heating and water in Denmark, with over 80% of this heat produced by Combined Heat & Power (CHP) plants. Most major cities also have large District Heating Networks.

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