Vital Welcome Energy Ministers to District Heating Project

Lars Chr. Lilleholt, the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate recently travelled to Edinburgh to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy and toured the district heating works at University of Edinburgh.

The visit saw several members of the Danish Government attending the site-tour including Danish Ambassador - Lars Thuesen.  The memorandum of understanding is a collaboration between the Danish and Scottish Governments which focuses on supporting the technological developments, regulation, financial structures and distribution systems for efficient decentralised energy. 

Lars Chr. Lilleholt commented, "Scotland is the frontrunner in the energy and carbon reduction areas. I am very pleased to conclude a cooperation agreement, which I hope is able to support Scotland's green conversion and at the same time open up Danish energy solutions. Scotland is focusing on both district heating and energy efficiency in buildings, and Denmark is able to offer knowledge and experience based on a 40-year ambitious change”

The University of Edinburgh project involves the installation of over 500m of district heating and cooling which will connect a further six buildings to the existing low-carbon energy solution and is particularly relevant as Vital Energi is installing Danish manufactured (Logstor) district heating and cooling pipework on the project.

Ashley Walsh, Director of Infrastructure for Vital Energi commented, “The Memorandum of Understanding is an exciting collaboration as Scotland have extremely ambitious carbon reduction targets, whilst Denmark is one of the leading experts in decentralised energy.   We were delighted to help mark this major milestone by hosting the Danish Embassy’s delegation at the University of Edinburgh’s district heating expansion works which we believe is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with Danish technology.”

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