The International District Energy Climate Award

Designed to recognize the achievements of cities and communities across the globe who demonstrate local leadership by providing clean, sustainable energy solutions.  Any community, city or campus that has embraced district heating and/or district cooling as a vital part of their sustainable future may enter the competition.

The District Energy Awards are proudly organized by an international committee with members from the following associations:

  • Euroheat & Power is the international association representing the district heating and cooling (DHC) sector in Europe and beyond, covering all aspects related to District Heating and District Cooling and related energy sources and technologies including combined heat and power (CHP). Euroheat & Power unites 23 national CHP/DHC associations and has individual members (utilities, equipment suppliers and research institutes) in more than 32 countries. www.euroheat.org
  • The International District Energy Association (IDEA) is a non-profit trade association founded in 1909 to facilitate the exchange of information among district energy professionals. IDEA. It promotes energy efficiency and environmental quality through the advancement of district heating, district cooling and cogeneration and actively lobby to secure favourable policies, legislation and regulations for district energy.
  • Danish District Heating Association (Dansk Fjernvarme) is a non-profit organisation with more than 400 members all over Denmark. They supply 62 % of Danish households (1.6 million) with district heating and cover around 52 % of space heating demand in all buildings. It is a lobbying organisation, which also provides business services to members and facilitates cooperation between them.
  • Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH) is a private organisation representing the leading actors within the Danish district heating sector including private consulting companies, R&D institutions and training institutes, manufacturing companies of plants, systems, components and products for the sector. www.dbdh.dk
  • The International Energy Agency (IEA) will supervise the evaluation panel. IEA is an intergovernmental organisation which acts as energy policy advisor to 28 member countries in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens. www.iea.org
  • Also involved in the 2011 edition are two French associations, FEDENE and SNCU: FEDENE (Fédération des Services Énergie Environnment) unites 6 French professional associations; its membership numbers over 500 companies involved in the management and operation of heating and cooling systems, to local energy production, waste to energy plants as well as facilities management. SNCU is the French District Heating and Cooling Association, member of FEDENE. It unites private and public entities, regardless of managerial status, which specialize in managing district heating and cooling networks.

Winners and highly commended entries were recognized at La Maison de la Chimie, Paris, France on Monday May 9, 2011, in conjunction with the 35th Annual Euroheat & Power Congress. 



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