The conference’s first day started with an insightful presentation by the Mayor of Copenhagen who explained the importance of District Heating and Cooling for the energy transformation in Copenhagen, which set the goal to become the first CO2-neutral capital in the world by 2025. It was followed by a panel discussion with experts from both international organisations and private companies on decarbonising the European heating and cooling markets, with lively discussions continuing over the networking lunch. In the afternoon, participants had the possibility to choose from parallel sessions focussing on a variety of sources (biomass, solar thermal, geothermal) and their integration into District Heating and Cooling systems.
The second day began with parallel morning sessions on Sustainable Cooling, Thermal Energy Storage, Hybrid Systems & Heat Pumps and Building Awareness and Acceptance. The conference concluded that renewable heating and cooling technologies, together with smart thermal energy grids, are essential components for the future smart city.
Martin Lidegaard, Denmark’s Minister for Climate, Energy and Buildings, and guest of honour at the evening reception concurred: “Denmark has an ambitious goal of becoming the first carbon-neutral economy. District Heating and Cooling is an important pillar in our strategy, as it provides flexibility and additional degrees of efficiency to our energy system. Since the first oil crisis, when we had the first major paradigm change, our industry has been successful in exporting green technology. Therefore we know that green economic growth will be our future”