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Nordic heating and cooling

Nordic approach to EU's Heating and Cooling Strategy

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According to the EU Commission, the heating and cooling sector must sharply reduce its energy consumption and cut its use of fossil fuel in order to meet the EU's climate and energy goals. In the Nordic countries, a lot of effort has already been put to make heat production and consumption energy efficient and to decrease the emissions. To disseminate these experiences and good practices wider in Europe, and to identify further needs for co-operation, this study attempts to identify the common approaches of the Nordic countries towards the EU’s heating and cooling strategy and Winter Package regulation. This report describes the results of the work based on Pöyry’s analysis of the current heating and cooling sector practices and regulation in the Nordic countries, and interviews of the regulators and energy industry representatives from each country.

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Heating sector in Denmark

The total energy consumption for building heating in residential and service sectors in Denmark was 54 TWh in 2015 (Figure 23). Single family houses accounted for 58%, multi-family houses for 20% and non-residential buildings for 22% of the demand. District heating represented almost 50% of the total energy for heating and hot water in the Danish residential and service sectors in 2015 (Figure 23).

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