District Energy Systems for a Sustainable Future Conference held successfully in Izmir with the participation of Vice Energy Minister of TurkeyOn 27-28 November, high-level officials from Denmark and Turkey, sector associations and companies in the field of district energy systems and energy efficiency participated in The District Energy Systems Conference for a Sustainable and Energy Efficient Future, a joint organization of the Trade Council in Turkey the Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH) and Izmir Development Agency in Izmir, Turkey.

The conference witnessed great interest from high-level local, governmental and ministerial level participation that the Vice Minister for Energy, Abdullah Tancan made the opening speech mentioning the increasing importance given to energy efficiency and district heating sector.

With several experts; presentations and roundtable discussions were made upon the topic of the “Vision for District Energy Systems in Turkey with focus on the Danish Model as an example” as well as the "Financing of District Energy Projects in Turkey". The participants from the Danish district energy companies; Logstor, Kamstrup, Danfoss, Broen, Aalborg Energi Technik, Energi Climate Academy made presentations on how they contribute to the district heating sector in Denmark and in Turkey.

Another important topic was the draft Heat Market Law in Turkey that is expected to be submitted to the parliament in the first half of 2019 with direct input and influence from Denmark and the Danish heat supply legislation as a part of the ongoing Strategic Sector Cooperation agreement (SSCA) between Denmark and Turkey focusing on heat supply sector.

National energy authorities and Danish companies also visited the Soma Thermic Power Plant thorough a field visit on 28th of November, which is a great example of how waste heat of a traditional coal fired power plant can be used for district heating with the waste heat technology.

Why District Heating in Turkey?

Turkey offers huge district energy potential due to its extensive geothermal and renewable resources and surplus heat from thermal power. Particularly, Izmir is a strategically important city for district heating and cooling growth as the city houses the geothermal district heating systems with plants being the largest in Turkey with a total market share of 40%.