27 Sep 2016

New video: Modern district heating systems save money and CO2

A new video will promote heat savings and the district heating potential in Europe where the district heating grid should cover up to 50% of the heat demand, according to experts.

40% of our energy use currently consists of heating. All of this energy can become sustainable through modern district heating systems, which collect excess heat from CHP plants and industry and work at low temperatures, which decreases the heat waste and enables more renewable energy sources to be used. These are the main points of a new video made to expand district heating in Europe.

"Our research shows that there is great potential for expanding the district heating grid in Europe by 30-50%, and the political will to make it happen is growing in our surrounding countries,” says Brian Vad Mathiesen, Professor of Energy Planning at Aalborg University.

He is deputy head of the 4DH research centre, which ties together industry, organisations and universities within district heating, funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark.

The message of the video is that modern district heating systems are necessary to decrease our CO2 emissions and obtain 100% renewable energy. At the same time, they are cost-efficient and create jobs.

“With this video we would like to ensure that the knowledge we have obtained during our research reaches all parts of Europe. It explains in a collected way the technologies and the collaboration we need in the future renewable energy system with electricity, heat and energy savings,” says Brian Vad Mathiesen.

District heating pertinent all over the world

In recent years, district heating has gained significant political focus in e.g. the EU, which gives the technology a prominent place in its new heating and cooling strategy. District heating has also become an important part of the United Nation’s Environment Programme’s work to obtain climate and sustainability goals.

“More and more people both in the research world and among political actors are discovering how district heating is both a part of the solution to a fossil free energy system while creating jobs, export and positive health effects,” says Henrik Lund, head of 4DH and Professor at Aalborg University.

The video premieres Tuesday at a large conference on future district heating and intelligent energy systems in Aalborg. The large international popularity of the conference shows how relevant a topic district heating is abroad. Nearly 300 researchers and people from industry from 20 different countries all over the world will visit the conference – apart from Europe, also China, Korea and Japan are strongly represented.

Watch the video ”Smart Heating Europe” here: www.4dh.dk/video


• 2nd International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating is held in Aalborg, Denmark on September 27-28 2016.
• The conference is organised by the 4DH research centre at Aalborg University. 4DH is an international research centre, supported by the Innovation Fund Denmark. The purpose of the centre is to support the development of 4th generation district heating technologies and systems (4GDH). 


• Professor Brian Vad Mathiesen, deputy head of 4DH, phone no. +45 9940 7218
• Professor Henrik Lund, head of 4DH, phone no. +45 9940 8309.
• Further information and images: Communication officer Nina Ferdinand, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone no. +45 9940 2527.

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