District heating in our cities, towns and communities

Date: 18/09/2013

The Danish minister for Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs Mr. Carsten Hansen held the opening speech at the conference “district heating in our cities, towns and communities” at the Embassy of Denmark on Tuesday the 17th September in London.

The minister talked about the many good show cases of advanced DHC systems in Denmark and that many of these are located in rural and small towns in Denmark. One example is the island of Samsø, which is already 100 percent self-sufficient by renewable energy sources, and has now made a plan to become a Fossil Free Island. The Energy Academy has been established, where everyone is welcome to study what can be done to transform a society to use local energy resources.

Managing Director of DBDH Mr. Lars Hummelmose participated with a presentation at the conference and presented the history of DHC in Denmark, the importance of heat planning at a national and local level, the DHC system of today and the future. “Denmark’s DHC scheme is properly the best in the world and the technology suppliers and consultancy companies in Denmark are global leaders”, Lars Hummelmose said at the conference. He also offered the more than 50 participants, from UK authorities and energy interest groups, to come to Denmark and study the world´s most advanced DHC system.

Another keynote speech was held by Mr. Stephen Brooks, the newly appointed Investment Director and Head of Heat Networks Delivery Unit at the Department for Energy and Climate Change. He is well aware off the needs for better framework conditions to get more DHC in the UK. The conference  was organized by the UK Town & Country Planning Association and the Embassy of Denmark.