Participants at the industry round-table included Lars Christian Lilleholt, the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, (centre).
Lars Christian Lilleholt was in Scotland to meet Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy and during his visit, he signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Danish and Scottish Governments that supports the development of Scottish policy and regulation for district heating and energy efficiency.
The MoU comes at a time when Scotland is committed to accelerating the transition to more sustainable sources of energy, setting an ambitious goal to reduce its total CO2 emissions in 80% by 2050. It also aims to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 15% and emissions by 23% by 2032.
With the newly signed agreement, Danish expertise in district heating and energy efficiency in buildings will help set the Scottish green energy agenda.
“I am very pleased to sign this new cooperation agreement, which I hope will support Scotland's green conversion with Danish energy solutions,” said Lars Christian Lilleholt.
“Scotland is focusing on low carbon heating, such as district heating and increased energy efficiency in buildings, and Denmark is able to offer expert knowledge based on our 40 years of experience.”
According to Jens Ole Hansen, Global Market Director at Ramboll, the MoU will hasten the development of the district energy regulations in Scotland. “This will lead to actual implementation projects which again will contribute to a low carbon energy system,” he says.
The round-table discussions centred around the issues and challenges affecting Scotland and how the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) can provide support. “This is notably in the planning of new projects, the development of policy and regulation for district heating,” says Paul Steen, Associate Director of Energy at Ramboll. “We also discussed how the DEA can use a number of Ramboll projects in Scotland to be shared as exemplars of district heating to other Local Authorities.”
As a showcase of our expertise, Ramboll presented a project carried out for Scottish Development International (SDI), consisting of a district heating policy and supply chain review with the aim of exploring inward investment opportunities from Denmark to Scotland.