HOFOR – Greater Copenhagen Utility
HOFOR is the largest utility company in Denmark in our core business areas: water supply, wastewater management, district heating, district cooling and gas supply. We also build wind turbines. One million Danes (20 % of the total Danish population) depend on our supplies.
The company is owned by 8 municipalities, and the City of Copenhagen owns 73 per cent of the company. Our supplies are regulated by law, which e.g. means that our profit and expenses must balance over time.
We focus on sustainable supply, renewable energy, adjustment to the climate changes and improved handling of extreme rain. The aim of our activities is to create sustainable cities – in cooperation with municipalities, other companies and our customers. Most Danes live in cities, and Greater Copenhagen Utility has a special responsibility for creating sustainable future supply systems fitting both future needs in the population, climate changes and the design of future cities.
An example of our solutions is the transformation of the harbour into a blue public. Only 15 years ago the harbour was badly polluted from the city’s old sewage system and local industry. We addressed the problem by investing in a complete modernization of the sewage system. The water quality improved, and today there are several public swimming facilities in the harbour near the city center.
Drones equipped with thermographic cameras have successfully detected leakages in Copenhagen’s district heating pipes. 44 leakages in two neighbourhoods have been identified, and the new technology will now be rolled out to other parts of the city. It benefits the citizens and the environment, and provides an effective solution to a previously tricky area of maintenance.
As the climate changes and the number and frequency of rainfall events increases, so does the need for intelligent rainwater management solutions. This White Paper presents insight into lessons learned from Danish stakeholders within rainwater management and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).
25-50% of all distributed water globally is lost or never invoiced due to illegal connections, inaccurate billing systems, inaccurate metering, leakages, deteriorating infrastructure and wrong water pressure management etc. – or in short Non-Revenue Water (NRW). This white paper examines how water utilities can improve efficiency and meet future demand for water by reducing Non-Revenue Water.
This white paper takes you through all the elements of the success story of wind energy in Denmark. From the starting point and what we now consider small-scale wind turbines to the projects and technologies that push the bar and the ambitions for wind energy as a source of renewable energy. We hope you will be inspired.
District Energy holds a vast potential for energy efficiency in urban areas. This White Paper highlights the key elements for success in district heating and cooling. It covers aspects from regulation and planning, efficient production of thermal energy, to storage, distribution and end user solutions.