New Danish export strategy for energy technology

Date: 27 March 2017

The export strategy was launched by the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Chr. Lilleholt in attendance of representatives from the public sector and business community. It enables Denmark to stay at the forefront of the green transition and boost exports of Danish energy technology to countries such as USA, UK and Germany.

The Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs, ‎the Deputy Director General at the Confederation of Danish Industry Tine Roed and the CEO of the Danish Energy Association Lars Aagaard were also on stage in connection with the launch of the strategy.

The new export strategy must contribute to doubling the export of energy technology in 2030. In light of the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, there is a global framework for the green transition, which is expected to increase demand for energy technologies, solutions and services. Denmark holds a leading position this area, and the Danish government wishes to extend this position with the new strategy.

“It is our vision to double the export of energy technology from around DKK 70 billion in 2015 to at least DKK 140 billion in 2030. It will benefit the environment, help other countries drive their green transition, create jobs in Denmark and contribute to growth and prosperity”, said the minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Chr. Lilleholt.

The export strategy sets a strategic framework for export initiatives in the Danish energy sector. It unites and creates an overview of existing export initiatives under the Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs. Furthermore, the strategy initiates a new line of efforts to help Danish companies gain even better traction around the world – for instance a new export scheme aimed at USA, UK and Germany. In order to assume relevance and contain the right tools and efforts, the strategy has been developed in collaboration with the Danish energy sector, and among others contains a number of instruments under DANIDA, which contribute to advancing green energy in high-growth and developing countries.

“We have recently created a new development policy and humanitarian strategy, where partnerships are the key word for development. That which makes Denmark strong is a combined Denmark, for instance strong green competences coupled with our development political instruments. With the new strategy we increase our combined efforts to deliver Danish capital and competences for sustainable energy projects. It creates jobs, growth and development in our collaborative countries, which benefits Danish companies”, said Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs in press release from the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate.

CEO of the Danish Energy Association Lars Aagaard expressed that the export strategy is of historic importance for Danish energy policy: “The ground-breaking news is that the government commences with work that points into the future and holds incredibly important symbolic value. It is an effort and area, which others cannot take off the table just like that. Looking ahead, we are working strategically with export of energy in Denmark, and this is crucial”, he said in a statement posted by the Danish Energy Association.

Deputy Director General at the Confederation of Danish Industry Tine Roed: “It is important to remember that many Danish companies that developed, built and utilisied their technologies for a home market, which has paved the way for considerable exports, for instance in energy-efficient power plants, district heating, wind power, the offshore sector, waste to energy and biomass. Today we export these technologies and solutions all across the world”.

Facts about the strategy
The vision is to maintain Denmark’s position as a frontrunner and utilise its strongholds in the area of energy in order to at least double the export of energy technology from around DKK 70 billion in 2015 to over DKK 140 billion in 2030. It is also the vision to maintain Denmark’s position as the leading country in Europe in terms of exporting energy technology.

In connection with the strategy, a line of new initiatives will be initiated, just as a number of existing initiatives will continue and be focused on:

– Initiative in Brussels: DK – EU Energy Alliance
– Increased staffing to manage work with the energy union in Brussels
– Export scheme for Germany, UK and USA
– Growth advisor for the energy area in India
– Advisory service from the Danish Energy Agency through the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
– Project development facilitaty aimed at public infrastructure under Danish Business Finance
– Extension of support for State of Green
– Extension of bilateral energy and climate cooperation with China, Mexico, South Africa, Vietnam and new cooperation with Ethiopia
– Continuation of energy efficiency hub at the UN City in Copenhagen
– Strengthening of the EUDP programme as part of Denmark’s participation in “Mission Innovation”.

– To download the information and fact sheets behind the export strategy, please visit the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate (in Danish).