Zealand wants to be EU’s greenest region

With an investment of almost half a billion DKK, Region Zealand and 12 municipalities are planning to undertake an energy renovation of public buildings and convert to renewable energy, writes dr.dk

The 12 municipalities include Faxe, Greve, Guldborgsund, Holbæk, Køge, Næstved, Odsherred, Ringsted, Roskilde, Slagelse, Solrød and Vordingborg.
In collaboration with Region Zealand they are aiming to become the greenest region in Europe in 2020.

The project is commonly known as REEEZ (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Zealand). Even though the project has been running for less than two months, it has already gained a lot of attention and on February 28th it received Energyforum’s Energy and Environmental award which was presented by the Minister of Climate and Energy, Martin Lidegaard.

The EU has invested 18.6 million DKK for the technical preparation work. but the municipalities will have to find ways to come up with the 465 million DKK which the project is expected to run to between 2012 and 2014.

The project will focus on:

- Solar cell systems
- Geothermal systems
- Solar heating systems
- Hospital equipment
- Insulation and replacement of windows and doors
- Regulation and replacement of ineffective installations

Besides focusing on energy efficiency, the project will also be concerned with renewable energy, in particular solar panels, solar heating and geothermal systems.

The Region expects to save energy equivalent to the power consumption of 12,000 single-family houses.
Furthermore, the project is expected to provide jobs for 1,000 people.