The Netherlands

The Danish efforts in The Netherlands are a result of The Netherlands looking to phase out natural gas by 2030, with all residential buildings to be transitioned away from gas heating by 2050. This energy transition is an immense task, where flexibility of electricity supply and a significant buildout of district heating (DH) infrastructure are at the centre. Danish experiences should be able to help ensure that the Dutch achieve their long-term environmental, socioeconomic and strategic energy goals.

The total share of DH is slowly increasing due to the growing recognition of the positive contribution towards meeting the environmental objectives, since DH gives the ability to integrate a large share of renewables in the energy mix along with keeping the required flexibility in the system.