by Linda Bertelsen
Banner presentation of Hot Cool no. 4, 2024

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In this Hot|Cool edition…

we’re questioning how we can plan our way through the energy transition. With the European Union’s ambitious targets for carbon neutrality and the phasing out of fossil fuels, it’s imperative that we meticulously chart our course through this transition. But can we truly plan our heating and cooling needs all the way through the energy transition? Planning heating and cooling systems necessitates collaboration among policymakers, industry leaders, and local communities.

Below, you will find four great articles answering the question of how.

🇪🇺 New European legislation on local heating and cooling plans: Is this the moment we kick out fossil fuels?

Local heating and cooling planning is coming to every city with over 45,000 people in Europe. It is hard to overstate how much of a game-changer this could be for district heating and Europe’s climate ambitions. The key word there is ‘could’. Read the exciting article by Adrian Hiel here. 🔗

🎙️ Podcast: Mega Heat Pumps

District heating can make you think of many things – but, as Morten Jordt Duedahl says: “For me, it is not often that Robbie Williams is in the back of my head singing along to a DH podcast about very large heat pumps.” Nevertheless, that is what Raymond C. Decorvet from MAN Energy Solutions and Claus A. Nielsen from Esbjerg DH company (Din Forsyning) managed to do during a podcast about large heat pumps and how to include them in the heat portfolio for a large DH company in Denmark. Read more and tune in here. 🔗

🏭 Industrial surplus heat boosts local development – the case of Hjoerring Municipality

Discover how locally produced excess heat contributes to the transition towards becoming 100% fossil-free in the municipality of Hjoerring, Denmark. It contributes to increasing independence from international energy prices and crises. At the same time, much stronger ties are fostered between the companies and the local society.

This is a real win-win situation: The price of district heating drops, the companies achieve a greener profile, and increased goodwill flourishes from the local society. Read the article here 🔗

🔬 Scientist Corner: How to get started?

We decided to republish this ‘Goldie’ from our Hot Cool archive as it is relevant and a great guide for getting started on the green transition. Since the invasion of Ukraine by Putin’s Government, European countries have found themselves stuck in a painful situation. While eager to stop importing natural gas from Russia, they are at the same time extensively reliant on it for their energy supply and economy. So, then, what? How should European cities get started on the green transition and reduce their natural gas dependency? Get inspiration in Maëlle Caussarieu’s interesting Scientist Corner here. 🔗

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Thank you for being a part of this exciting journey!D