Germany can make a greener future with Denmark’s district heating method

Copenhagen – Most of Denmark’s houses are heated with sustainable district heating. The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate (EFKM) want to share their experience about this method with Germany.

By Lea Kestel and Lydia Koon

The district heating station Vestforbrænding is part of the 180km long network in the Copenhagen region.  /Kestel

90 percent of Denmark’s houses are heated with district heating, according to Kristian Lund Kofoed, Advisor in the international department of EFKM. In this form of collected heat supply, hot rainwater or steam is transported from a central network to the households.

Many neighbouring countries of Denmark also use district heating. So especially Germany, with who EFKM liaise a high government-to-government cooperation in climate businesses. “In Berlin they already use much district heating as well”, says Kofoed. “But it’s not efficient enough”.

The unique quality of the Danish district heating system would be, that the used rainwater is heated by sustainable sources as solar- or wind-energy as well. “We want to share this experience of mixing district heating with solar energy”, says Kofoed.


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