Denmark introduces new rules around surplus heat and district heating schemes

By District Energy posted 09-21-2021 13:23




Denmark’s Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities has issued new rules around regulations and taxing of heat being sent into district heating networks.

“A new political agreement must ensure that the excess heat from refrigeration systems and servers are not lost, but to a much greater extent end up in the district heating pipes,” the Ministry said.

The government, together with the Liberal Party, the Danish People's Party, the Radical Left, the Socialist People's Party, the Unity List, the Conservative People's Party, the Liberal Alliance, and the Alternative have entered into a new agreement that encourages businesses and district heating companies that want to utilize surplus heat. The agreement will enter into force in 2022.

“It may sound strange, but the refrigerated counter in the local supermarket can actually help keep the radiator warm. It makes good and green sense to reuse the heat that appliances and plants create to heat private homes,” said says Minister of Climate Dan Jørgensen. “It saves both resources and helps the climate. The business community is ready, and I am really pleased with the input and the good dialogue that has taken place through our climate partnership, which has been a useful contribution to making a good agreement.”

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