Plan for district heating in Aarhus (KlimaVarmePlan 2020)

Denmark | October 2018 - June 2019

Aarhus Municipality actively works to reduce the carbon footprint of the city. The target is to become carbon neutral already by 2030, and towards 2050 the energy system must transition to 100% sustainable energy, in line with the national goals. “KlimaVarmePlan 2020” (climate heat plan) will set down the framework for large future infrastructural investments within district heating towards 2030.

There are two parts to KlimaVarmePlan 2020: a political decision about a number of main scenarios for the development of the district heating of the future in Aarhus, and an investigation into and planning of how chosen main scenarios can be carried out.

As a part of the first section, three main studies were carried out:

  1. A driver analysis, which gives a thorough look into the challenges and drivers facing district heating in Aarhus
  2. An analysis of the future distribution, which gives an image of the amount of district heating Aarhus municipality can expect to allocate in the future
  3. An analysis of possible production technologies, resulting in a catalogue of relevant methods for producing district heating in Aarhus

Ea Energy Analyses and PlanEnergi aided AffaldVarme Aarhus Fjernvarme with

  • input and feedback for the driver analysis
  • development of a technology catalogue
  • assistance in developing main scenarios, including feedback on scenario design, input on scenario constraints including electricity price forecasts
  • support on EnergyPRO calculations

The project ran from October 2018 to June 2019.