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Gas conversions – we are all in the same boat!

Conversion from gas is a topic that is highly relevant and important, unfortunately, even more, so these days. There are not many lights in the dark these days, but one small positive story is that now Europe has been forced to look at the dependency on gas. Thereby the green transition has been accelerated significantly. We want to get away from gas, not only to be green but also for strong political reasons. This podcast will introduce you to how we already today convert buildings from gas heating to district heating in Denmark. The aim is to inspire others to start their gas conversions and, as always, an invitation to knowledge sharing. We will focus on how the conversion is done.

In short, the key to unlocking this, is planning, customer relations and creating trust. The more specific recommendations from the two experts are…. No, now you must listen to the podcast

Meet the experts To shed light on how this conversion can be done, I have invited two colleagues who are working with converting more of their cities from gas to district heat- ing every day. Jens Andersen, managing director in Næstved District Heating will discuss with Jesper Møller-Larsen, managing director of the district heat- ing company in Aalborg - a somewhat larger city.

Customer interaction From this podcast, I learned how both experts work dedicated and deliberated with customer interaction. Internation- ally, I sometimes feel that planners are a bit afraid or reluctant to talk to their cus- tomers directly – but don’t be! You will learn that in Denmark, we are not afraid to interact with customers.

We are all in the same boat All countries are determined to de- carbonise their societies with different deadline, and that deadline is very, very soon. Heat is an essential factor in this decarbonisation as heat is responsible for more than 40% of the energy used in Europe. We already have solutions to decarbonisation for heat – district heat- ing. District heating is a necessity to be successful in the conversion away from natural gas.

In Germany, all municipalities will soon have to make energy and heat plans. In the Netherlands, they will stop their own natural gas production and need to find other solutions. Both England and Scotland implement planning laws, subsidies and much more to drive this development. Today, it is even more evident that we need to get started. So, we are all in the same boat – we must get rid of natural gas and find other solutions. And when I say “same boat” – I mean it, we are ALL in the same boat – no matter if you are Danish, German, or Chinese.

Listen in and learn a lot more!

Welcome to DBDHs district heating podcasts. In this series of podcasts, we invite experts from the industry to highlight important and current developments in our industry. The goal is to share knowledge, to inspire and maybe also to provoke a bit – to give insights. And I always ask the experts to share one recommendation each.

This is the DBDH district heating podcast, and your host is Morten Jordt Duedahl.

12 HOTCOOL no.2 2022

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