Sweden demonstrating benefits of district heating

Sweden has been immensely successful in meeting its climate goals and much of that success is down to its district heating networks, according to a special interest association executive in the country’s distributed generation sector.

Annika Johannesson, Communications Manager, Swedenergy told Adjacent Open Access website that the nation-wide expansion of efficient district heating, supplied by non-fossil energy sources, has greatly helped the country bring down its emissions.
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The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has pointed that Swedish heating, district heating has gone from being almost exclusively powered by fossil fuels in the 1980s, to now, 2017, being about 90% renewable and recycled heat.

The 1991 carbon dioxide tax, consistent political support for renewable energy and a strong forestry sector have all led to the growth of the bioenergy sector, which has seen the phasing out of fossil-fired heat networks.

Johannesen also stated that optimal heat networks have also been driven by ‘strong local governments as key actors in the national climate strategy and the endorsement of energy system efficiency.’

Swedenergy (Energifàƒ¶retagen Sverige) is a non-profit industry and special interest association for companies involved in generation, distribution and retail of electricity, heating and cooling in Sweden.

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