Cooperation for a sustainable district heating region

Authors: Louise Ödlund (former Trygg)*, Linköping University
Topics: Energy, Environment, Sustainability Science
Keywords: Energy, system perspective, regional cooperation, district heating, real estate companies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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The way we use energy is a major part of our sustainability problem. To redirect our energy system towards more sustainability and rapidly develop sustainable energy systems is consequently vital for the total society. Increased system efficiency and decreased global climate impact are important part of this.
The aim of this study is to analyse the potential for developing resource-efficient regions through increased collaboration between real estate companies and district heating suppliers in a Swedish region. Examples of issues studied are, (1) the heat demand for larger property owners in a future sustainable society, (2) what combinations of price models, district heating production, and energy efficiency that lead to a resource-efficient and sustainable region and (3) what flexible platforms that need to be designed to support such a development.
Combinations of district heating production, use of district heating, energy efficiency and price models are analysed in a system perspective. Flexible profitable platforms that lead to system-based solutions and resource-efficient and sustainable energy systems are studied. Through active participation between energy utilities and real estate companies, the study is well-established in the real estate and district heating industry. The study combines dialogues between actors with model calculations of different solutions for the production and use of district heating. The project shows what measures for district heating suppliers and real estate companies that lead to a win-win situation with reduced costs and reduced climate impact for the common energy system.

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