Denmark prohibits oil and gas heaters

Heaters using fossil energies will soon be a thing of the past in Denmark. (Photo: dpa)
Heaters using fossil energies will soon be a thing of the past in Denmark. (Photo: dpa)

While most of the world is still complaining about high oil prices, almost completely unnoticed, the small country of Denmark has done something about it. As the Ecoquent Positions Blog reported, Denmark banned the installation of oil and gas heating systems in new buildings, effective from the beginning of this year. Three years later, in 2016, the installation will also be prohibited in old buildings. During the transitional period, Denmark is investing 42 million Danish crowns (~ € 5.6 million), to support the transition for existing buildings. The model seems to be readily transferable to other countries. For example, the populations of Germany and Denmark have almost identical incomes at purchase power parity. The situation is similar in most Western countries. So if the change is possible in Denmark, why not elsewhere? Subsidies cannot be the reason. There is no comparison between € 5.6 million and the € 500 million, for example, which Germany spends each year on the market incentive program. In spite of this large sum of money, almost 90% of installations in Germany last year were gas and oil boilers, representing sales of almost 600,000 units.

Jan Gesthuizen

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