Climate Consortium Denmark

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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
United Nations
The United Nations is an international organization whose stated aims are facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace...

 Climate Conference, COP15 in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,199,224 and a metropolitan population of 1,930,260 . With the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region...

, December 2009.


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:
  • is the national Danish internet portal for energy and climate related solutions.EnergyMap provides information about Danish companies, organisations, institutions and public authorities, technologies and programmes that may help combat climate change and improve energy efficiency....

    , the online gateway to thousands of cases, companies, authorities and projects all with cutting edge efforts in sustainable solutions.

  • 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.

  • 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
1973 oil crisis
The 1973 oil crisis started in October 1973, when the members of Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries or the OAPEC proclaimed an oil embargo. This was "in response to the U.S. decision to re-supply the Israeli military" during the Yom Kippur war. It lasted until March 1974. With the...

 and the 1979 energy crisis
1979 energy crisis
The 1979 oil crisis in the United States occurred in the wake of the Iranian Revolution. Amid massive protests, the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, fled his country in early 1979 and the Ayatollah Khomeini soon became the new leader of Iran. Protests severely disrupted the Iranian oil...

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.

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); 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 ; 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.


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