Cities - 11/April/2018

Europe heads for low carbon heating the Danish way

District heating, where heat from a central generator is distributed underground to warm a network of homes or businesses, is commonplace in Denmark and other Nordic and Baltic countries, but, until now, it has remained a rarity elsewhere in Europe

The centralised generation of heat is a more efficient way of heating buildings than with individual generators and district heat networks also capture and redistribute heat that would otherwise be wasted. European cities looking for ways to achieve a low carbon future are therefore looking increasingly to the example of frontrunners such as Denmark.   Denmark has a long history of district heating. The country’s first combined heat and power (CHP) plant was built in 1903 and by the 1970s around 30% of homes were connected to a centralised heating network. The real push for change, however, was driven by the 1972 oil supply crisis and subsequent energy price spikes in the late 1970s. The crisis was a wake-up call for Den ...

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