Triangle Region Denmark is a sub-region consisting of 7 municipalities and is home to 350,000 people and around 18,500 companies in more than 70 different fields.
The Triangle region is a co-operation where the municipalities focus on cultural events, production and coordinating a framework for spatial planning amongst the municipalities.
The region is within the INTENSSS consortium represented by the Municipality of Middelfart. Middelfart was amongst the first Danish municipalities to have high ambitions regarding energy-consumption in new spatial plans and dealing with climate change.
The Triangle Energy Alliance
The regional living lab consists of stakeholders from the 4 municipalities: Vejle, Kolding, Fredericia and Middelfart.
The RLL has been baptized “Energi Alliance Trekanten” (Triangle Energy Alliance) by the partners.
With an emerging understanding of the energy- and climate crisis, the 4 municipalities are inspired to form a more official RLL to be able to work better within a larger and more holistic context.
All the four municipalities have worked with local strategic energy plans and spatial plans, and likewise all Danish municipalities, they will play a facilitating role in reaching the 2050 national objective of basing all of Denmark’s energy supply on renewable energy.
Many projects and initiatives have been initiated and developed by the four municipalities. One of the major initiatives is the TVIS project, which is a heat transmission company that delivers heat to local district heating companies in the Region (55,000 households). TVIS is owned by the four municipalities, which have transferred the obligation to supply district heating in the municipalities to the company. In 2018 the district heating will be based on biomass.
The RLL Coordinator for the Triangle Region within the INTENSSS-PA project is the Municipality of Middelfart and the RLL Facilitator is EC Network.
Energy and Spatial Planning in Denmark
Denmark has a national goal to base all energy supply on renewable energy (transport, heat, electricity) by 2050. Municipalities will play an important role as local energy planning authorities in terms of adopting and refining the national vision in different local contexts. There are no mandatory requirements to this but many municipalities are active in carrying out energy planning in the light of the impact of energy use, including climate impact as well as local development options. At the same time, however, there is a strong need for better coordination of municipal energy planning activities at the central as well as the regional level. To support the process, The Danish Energy Authority is working on promoting strategic energy planning in municipalities through various guidelines aiming at promoting a holistic approach to energy planning, in which energy saving measures and conversion to renewable energy is integrated into an overall municipal plan, which covers all sectors. The idea is that the current heat planning system, the spatial planning system as well as current and future energy saving initiatives are integrated with each other. Mandatory municipal heat planning was introduced in the 80s.
Denmark has a simple and clear spatial planning system with a strongly decentralized division of tasks. The municipal councils are responsible for comprehensive land-use regulation at the municipal and local levels with legally binding guidelines for property owners. The regional councils prepare a strategic plan for spatial development in each region. The Minister for the Environment is responsible for upholding national interests through national planning.
Denmark's Greener Energy Future
Denmark has decided to be independent of fossil fuels by 2050