GDECA 2019

From left, Lovisa Arnadottir communications director Samorka, Hildur Baeringsdottir Meet in Reykjavik Convention Bureau, Birna Berndsen from Athygli PCO, Pall Erland director of Samorka, Paul Voss director Euroheat and Power, Thorunn Hardardottir from Athygli PCO, Jon Bjornsson Meet in Reykjavik Convention Bureau and Sigurjon N. Kjærnested specialist and director of Waterworks, District Heating and Sewage Utilities at Samorka. Missing in the picture was Vidar Helgason manager of Iceland Geothermal Cluster.

The Global District Energy Climate Awards Ceremony 2019 takes place in Iceland

In October 2019, the 6th Global District Energy Climate Awards Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 1st Sustainable District Energy Conference in Reykjavík, Iceland. The conference’s purpose is to be a forum for research and development of renewable energy sources. SAMORKA, the federation of the Icelandic electricity industry, district heating, waterworks and sewage utilities in Iceland, hosts the conference in co-operation with the Icelandic Geothermal Cluster (IGC), a non-profit, industry-driven cluster organisation, which focuses on the field of geothermal energy.

Páll Erland, Managing Director of SAMORKA, says he believes that Iceland is the perfect location for the next Global Energy Climate Awards.  “Iceland has a long and successful story in renewable district heating and is committed to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The country has already 82% of the primary energy use coming from renewables, and what better place to host a conference on sustainable district heating and cooling as means to fight climate change?”

Paul Voss, Managing Director of Euroheat & Power, says that Reykjavík was a natural choice, as the bid contained all the elements the organisation cherishes. “First, it’s a centre of excellence in our field. Second, there’s an obvious enthusiasm for the GDEC awards and everything they represent and finally, Iceland is an exciting destination that will offer participants countless opportunities to discover, learn and have fun! I’m looking forward to it already!”

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