On the 21st of March, the Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt participated in an event for export drive in Berlin to support and expand the Danish-German energy cooperation. The focus was on district heating and energy efficiency.
Germany wants to transform its energy sector, and the German Government has set a number of ambitious energy and climate goals. CO2 emissions must be reduced by at least 80 % by 2050 and 40-45 % of the energy has to come from renewable energy sources by 2025.
“With the German energy transition, the co-called Energiewende, Germany must invest EUR 550 billion by 2050. This has great potential for export in Denmark, and we must do everything we can to ensure that the Danish energy industry can benefit from this. We have many of the technologies and solutions that can help the Germans achieve their ambitious goals. For example, in the sectors of district heating, energy efficiency, and offshore wind turbines in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea”, says Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt.
Together with the Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs, Lars Chr. Lilleholt presented a new export strategy for Danish energy technologies at a press conference in Copenhagen. One of the points of the strategy is an intensified export focus on Germany. “With the export strategy, we focus on creating the best possible frameworks for Danish energy companies that want to export to Germany. It is not only positive for creating Danish jobs, growth and welfare but it is also positive for the climate and the green transition – which the whole world must be a part of due to the Paris Agreement”.
Following an explanation of the Danish export strategy to expand energy technology to the German market, the Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate gave a brief presentation of the Danish Government’ Germany Strategy from 2016 – a strategy which aims to further cooperation and trade with Germany.
In Berlin, the Minister Lars Chr. Lilleholt met with his German ministerial colleague, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Barbara Hendricks as well as representatives from the big German state Baden-Wurttemberg.
During the energy conference Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2017, the minister also held a speech on Danish experiences related to the transformation of the energy sector.
In relation to the strategy, a list of new initiatives will be initiated just as a number of existing initiatives will continue and have its focus on:
Source: The Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate