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Climate Consortium Denmark

Climate Consortium Denmark is a public-private partnership promoting Danish cleantech solutions to the climate challenge. The partnership works continually with showcasing viable cleantech solutions. The Consortium was the focal point of business related activities during the United Nations Climate Conference, COP15 in Copenhagen, December 2009.

Activities

The Consortium brings together efforts from public and private partners in promoting Danish cleantech solutions and technologies. As a public-private partnership Climate Consortium Denmark engages in business affairs as well as civil society activities. The scope of the Consortium is inherently international, focusing on the possibilities of using Danish cleantech solutions in foreign markets.

Among the concrete initiatives of Climate Consortium Denmark are:[1]

  • EnergyMap.dk, the online gateway to thousands of cases, companies, authorities and projects all with cutting edge efforts in sustainable solutions.[1]
  • EnergyTours, organizing tailored trips for foreign business leaders to gain first hand experience with Danish cleantech solutions and companies. Also, bringing journalists to Denmark to get acquainted with the Danish energy case.[2]
  • Conferences and workshops, bringing the best minds and the most influential decision makers in business and politics together to focus on solutions to climate challenges.
  • The Global Platform exhibition during the UN COP15 Climate Conference venue during the political negotiations in December 2009. The exhibition was the focal point of a number of events focusing on viable solution to global climate challenges, hence reaching beyond the contents of the resulting Copenhagen Accord.

The Danish example – Decoupling growth and energy consumption

Until the late 1970s Denmark was almost exclusively dependent on fossil fuels. The 1973 oil crisis and the 1979 energy crisis were wake-up calls for the country. Working consistently with both the supply and demand structure of the energy-market, Denmark has managed to sustain consistent economic growth while keeping energy consumption nearly neutral. Since 1980 the Danish economy has grown by more than 75 percent in real terms while keeping energy consumption nearly constant and reducing CO2 emissions.[2]

This has come about through number of changes: government incentive schemes, including both sticks and carrots promoting renewable energy; cleantech innovations among entrepreneurs as well as established industries and public recognition of the importance of changing energy consumption patterns.

On the supply side energy sources have been heavily diversified and now include: wind power (20% of electricity as of 2009[3]); bio-mass including second generation bio-ethanol; gas from the North Sea and the Continent; the most energy-efficient coal fuelled combined heating power plants in the world;[4] and ordinary gasoline fuel mainly used in transportation.

On the demand side the Danish society has undergone a fundamental change in its consumption patterns driven by an innovative industrial side, massive investments in cleantech and pricing incentives on energy. The efforts include vast reductions of energy waste in private housing and business facilities not least through efficient lighting and better insulation, and an improving energy efficiency of industry and the agricultural sector.

Founders

  • Branding Denmark Fund, owned by the Danish State
  • Confederation of Danish Industries
  • Danish Construction Association
  • Danish Agriculture and Food Council
  • Danish Wind Industry Association
  • Danish Energy Association

References

  1. ^ http://en.cop15.dk/climate+consortium/what+do+we+do-c7-/activities
  2. ^ The Danish Energy Authorities: ‘The Danish Example’ http://en.cop15.dk/files/images/Articles/Danish-example/danske%20eksempel%20engelsk.pdf
  3. ^ The Danish Grid: ‘The Danish Wind Case’ http://www.energinet.dk/en/menu/Climate+and+the+environment/Climate/The+Danish+wind+case/The+Danish+wind+case.htm
  4. ^ EnergyMap, ‘Advedøre Power Plant’ http://www.energymap.dk/Profiles/DONG-Energy/Cases/Avedøre-Power-Plant

External links

  • Official website
  • United Nations Environmental Programme's Climate Neutral initiative
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