Official launch of white paper on energy efficiency

Date: 9 March 2015

Last week, State of Green launched the White Paper on Energy Efficiency with The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building and the Danish Energy Association. 

Energy-intensive industries account for 25% of global industry jobs and 70% of industry energy use. The savings potential is huge and yet to be unlocked in a large number of EU countries. Investing in energy-efficient solutions and technologies is a win-win situation for all. It saves money, helps protect the environment, creates new jobs, spurs economic growth and improves security of supply.

“The cheapest and most environment-friendly form of energy is the one not used. It is a fact that the demand for energy will increase across all sectors and industries, and using energy more efficiently is an obvious step towards becoming independent of fossil fuels”, said Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Building Rasmus Helveg Petersen in connection with the becoming of the publication.

But how does one establish the right framework conditions to promote energy efficiency in industry? And what are the key challenges and solutions across the value chain? Which key roles must be managed by public authorities and what are the energy saving potentials in various industries?

Enter the White Paper: Energy Efficiency in a competitive industry – unlocking the potential of first fuel. Behind the publication is the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building, the Danish Energy Association and State of Green with contributions from leading Danish companies, organisations and research institutions.

The aim of the White Paper is to share some of Denmark’s experiences on how to maximize the potential of and benefit from the first fuel – energy efficiency. The publication gathers the lessons learned from different industrial sectors, supported by state-of-the-art case examples demonstrating how to harvest the low-hanging fruits associated with energy efficiency and thereby strengthen the competitiveness of companies and industries alike.

The intention is to inspire and help spot the potentials of implementing energy efficiency measures for companies on a global level. It uses cases to illustrate the potential in different industries, however, it also addresses the political landscape needed to create an incentive and push energy savings in industries.

The official launch in Brussels comprises, apart from the publication itself, discussions of the potential on Energy Efficiency policies from a wide array of Danish and International speakers: Finn Mortensen, CEO State of Green will present the white paper. Anders Stouge, Deputy CEO Danish Energy Association on the potential of energy efficiency in an international context. Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Building on the Danish experience with energy efficiency. Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner on the EU Commission’s perspective on the implementation of the 2030 targets. Kim Nøhr Skibsted, Group Vice President Grundfos on how Energy Efficiency can strengthen European competitiveness – an industry approach. Konstantin Nenov, Managing partner at Alfa Finance Holding on investing in energy efficiency with EnergyMidt. Michael Mikkelsen, CEO Scanenergi on energy efficiency’s impact on the business case and Jeppe Kofod, MEP as host and moderator.

Source: State of Green