AAU ALUMNI

PHD Defence by Nis Bertelsen

GOVERNING EUROPEAN HEAT TRANSITIONS THE ROLE OF KNOWLEDGE AND COLLECTIVE AGENCY IN DISTRICT HEATING PLANNING

Tidspunkt

02.12.2021 kl. 13.00 - 16.00

Beskrivelse

This thesis is the result of three years occupied with heat planning and consumption from different perspectives. Heat consumption constitute a significant amount of the total energy consumption in the EU and is therefore central to decarbonize as part of an overall transition to a low-carbon and energy efficient supply. The results are based on the four articles making up this thesis. Article 1 investigates the technical and infrastructural conditions of EU heat supply. Article 2 asks how the few countries with high shares of heating supplied through large-scale grid infrastructures, in the form of district heating or gas grids, managed to implement so high shares of grid infrastructures. Article 3 shifts the focus to a single case study, examining how actors in the Greater Copenhagen district heating system invested and built a thermal energy storage unit. Article 4 resumes focus to the European level and reviews the energy and climate targets and policies deployed by countries in the EU. The thesis discuss the results with governance perspectives on how to render rationalities into measurable and discrete objects. The argument is that, in order to steer or govern something, the objects qualities must be known, discrete, and stable. Based on this, it is argued that a central challenge for energy and heat governance is to create common understandings and conditions for acting, in order to make it possible for actors to implement low-carbon heating solutions.


ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE:
Professor Dr.-Ing. Stefan Holler | HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, Germany
Dr. Grant Willson | School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK Associate
Professor Søren Kerndrup (Chairman) | Department of Planning, AAU, DK

SUPERVISORS:
Main supervisor Professor Brian Vad Mathiesen | Department of Planning, AAU, DK
Professor Peter Karnøe | Department of Planning, AAU, DK

MODERATOR:
Associate Professor Charlotte Louise Jensen | Department of Planning, AAU, DK

Arrangør

Department of Planning

Adresse

A. C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen SV, Room: Auditorium ACM15 (A) 1.008 and online via Zoom

Tilmelding inden

26.11.2021 kl. 16.00

Tilmeld dig til

helene@plan.aau.dk