Denmark is at the forefront of innovation in district heating, and with new heat pumps utilising the integrated electrical grid and seawater, heating is becoming greener than ever. Heating and cooling accounts for half of all energy consumption in the EU. Moreover, the lion’s share of this is still generated from fossil fuels, while around 18 per cent is generated from renewable energy, according to the EU. However, in Denmark things are looking different. One reason for this has to do with the 60,000 kilometres of district heating network below Denmark’s surface. In this network, around 60 per cent of the heat comes from green energy sources. The potential for improvement and an increased share of green energy is continuously being realised. The Danish Heat Roadmap, which is mapping the European heating and cooling consumption, suggests in a recent report that CO2 emission can be reduced in the heating and cooling sector by as much as 86 per cent. The solutions that are supporting this reduction has to do not only with a district heating network, but also with innovative new heat pumps – and Denmark is at the forefront of developing and implementing those.
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