Central Denmark Region is one of five regions in Denmark. Each region is led by a Regional Council, consisting of 41 politicians elected every four years. The Region consists of 19 municipalities (1,313,596 inhabitants). The regions’ responsibilities are within the areas of health, psychiatry, social and regional development.
13 of the municipalities have signed the Covenant of Mayor. Along with the energy accounts, the Central Denmark Region provides the data needed by the municipalities to monitor and report on their SEAPs/SECAPs. The Region has been a “Regional Covenant Coordinator” since 2017.
Currently the region is starting up a cooperation to enhance the energy and climate planning in relation to the C40 standard for climate planning (DK2020). The goal is to focus on all sectors within the municipalities’ geographical area, which define how they achieve CO2 neutrality by 2050.
The role of local authorities in promoting energy renovation is mostly of a facilitating character in relation to local visions of CO2 neutrality.
Many local authorities (municipalities) have actively
promoted energy savings at private end-users together with other local stakeholders, mostly supply companies, in the local strategic energy planning process. There is a long tradition for cooperation between the municipalities (multi-level), including coordinating spatial planning and energy strategies and monitoring of CO2 Emissions. This cooperation has to a large extent been facilitated by the region
ELENA Project REFER-CDR
With DKK 21.5 mio. from the EU ELENA Programme, the Central Denmark Region assists district heating utilities against increasing prices, while simultaneously accelerating the green transition (REFER-CDR project): Renewable Energy for Emission Reduction in Central Denmark Region). The project, which runs until April 2021, ensures project development assistance to 24 DH Utilities, providing them with a solid foundation of information when investing in district heating solutions based on renewable energy or energy efficiency. The heating plants expect to implement investments for DKK 543.7 mio (heat pumps, distribution systems, biogas and solar heating), which are funded by loans from KommuneKredit (municipal credit association) with a municipal guarantee.