by Linda Bertelsen
We will help you stop smoking!

District heating and cooling (DHC) benefits energy security, the economy, and the environment. It is one of the most effective means to implement renewable energy (RE) and benefit from the heat and power coupling.

By Jørgen Nielsen, Chairman of DBDH, and CEO of TVIS District Heating Company

But, the DHC potential remains mostly unexploited globally. Only 6% of energy consumption in the world is in the DHC networks, and only 8% of the energy in the DHC networks is renewable energy today. It is a bit sad! We cando better! There are opportunities in almost any country to deploy new DHC infrastructure, improve energy efficiency, utilize surplus heat from industry and reduce fossil fuels. But it isn’t easy on your own.

As a CEO of a DH Utility, I know it is hard work to implement large-scale energy transformations in a region. I know how important it is to talk to professional colleagues. I know how beneficial it is to meet DHC experts to boost the experience, knowledge, and practical skills before planning and implementing new technology. And this is where the DBDH network comes in handy.

DBDH publishes Hot Cool, but the main business is helping cities or regions in their green transition. DBDH uses its vast network to find specific experts capable of giving answers for a sustainable district heating solution in your city – or integrate green technology into an existing district heating system.

Any city, or utility in the world, can call DBDH and find help for a green district heating solution suitable for their city. A similar system is often operating in Denmark, being the most advanced district heating country globally. DBDH then organizes visits to Danish reference utilities or expert delegations from Denmark to the city. For real or virtually in webinars or in digital meetings.

As the new chairman, I will encourage DBDH to continue implementing activities like “The mentor program,” where high-level managers from Danish DH companies were personal coaches for DH managers in specific UK projects. Or the “Heat Planning Project” in Germany where Danish DH experts presented how we do it in Denmark.

But first and foremost, I will encourage all of you to share your interests, knowledge and concerns with us at DBDH. Then we will do our best to support you in finding the best green solution for your city.

DBDH is a non-profit organization – so guidance by DBDH is free of charge.

Just call us.

I am proud to be the new chairman of DBDH - supporting cities trying to stop smoking.

“We will help you stop smoking” was published in Hot Cool, edition no. 2/2021. Download and print the article here:
We will help you stop smoking! Hot Cool column by Jørgen Nielsen

meet The Author

Jørgen Nielsen
Chairman of DBDH, and CEO of TVIS District Heating Company