The world's largest untapped energy source: Excess heat. Potential in Belgium and EU


Across the EU, excess heat potential amounts to 2,860 TWh/y, almost equal to the total energy demand for heat and hot water in residential and service sector buildings. In Denmark, the industry has managed to recover about 13% of excess heat and is as such a European frontrunner. Existing technologies allow for recovery of excess heat from sources such as wastewater facilities, data centers, supermarkets, metro stations and commercial buildings but are sparsely applied across the EU. What will it take to harvest the potential of excess heat in Belgium and the EU?


One of the reasons why excess heat is not used further is not due to a lack of technology but rather due lack of knowledge about the potential. The event therefore aims to familiarise the participants with the existing opportunities as well as to discuss with key stakeholders how the roll out of these may best be incentivized in order to harvest the free flowing excess heat.

    9:30 - 10:00     

  Arrival and Security

  • Arrival to the Royal Danish Embassy to Belgium Rue d’Arlon 73, 1040 Brussels

 10.00 - 10.05 

  Welcome address

  • Odd Sinding, Ambassador, Royal Danish Embassy to Belgium

 0.05 - 10.25

  Presentation on the potential of excess – case of Belgium

  • Professor Brian Vad Mathiesen, Sustainable Energy Planning Research Group, Aalborg University
10.25 – 10.35

  Industry perspective

  • Drew Turner, Director Global Sector Integration, Danfoss

10.35 – 11.30

  How can we untap the potential of excess heat?

  Panel discussion

  • MEP Niels Fuglsang, Rapporteur EED, S&D, European Parliament
  • Aurelie Beauvais, Managing Director, Euroheat & Power
  • Andreas Graf, Senior Associate, Agora Energiwende
  • MP Christian Leysen, chair of the Energy & Climate group, Belgian Federal Parliament TBC

  Moderated by : Andrea Voigt, Head of Global Public Affairs, Danfoss Climate Solutions

11.30 - 11.45


11.45 - 12.30  Networking Lunch


If interested, please contact the Senior Commercial Advisor on Energy and Climate Kirsten Glennung ([email protected]).