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5 examples of cross-border collaboration between Denmark and Poland

Last week, His Majesty King Frederik of Denmark led a delegation to Poland, focusing on bilateral cooperation in energy, offshore wind, port development, agriculture and biogas. On the backdrop of the visit, we have gathered five examples of signed memorandums, underscoring the collaborative commitment between the two countries to accelerate the green transition in the European Union.

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From 31 January to 2 February, His Majesty King Frederik of Denmark led a delegation comprising nearly 60 Danish companies on a significant visit to Poland, aimed at fortifying bilateral cooperation in key areas including energy efficiency, offshore wind, port development, agriculture, and biogas.

This official Danish royal visit resulted in the signing of several crucial memorandums of understanding, emphasising that working together within the European Union is crucial to achieving an ambitious and equitable green transition. The visit served as a platform for diplomatic engagement and highlighted the strategic importance of fostering partnerships in critical areas such as sustainable energy, infrastructure development, and agricultural innovation.

Below, are five MOU’s signed during the visit, serving as prime examples of cross-border collaboration.

1: Poland and Denmark sign addendum to cooperate towards green transition and energy independence in Europe

Towards energy independence

Denmark and Poland are strong allies and have now decided to strengthen the collaboration further, with the goal towards creating green transition and energy independence in Europe.

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On 31 January, the Polish Ministry of Climate and Environment, Paulina Hennig-Kloska, and the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy, and Utilities, Lars Aagaard, signed a joint statement underscoring their shared commitment to advancing affordable, sustainable, and secure energy sources.

This collaboration aims to propel both countries towards their climate goals, prioritising security and independence. The agreement signifies a collective effort to explore opportunities for further cooperation in climate and energy initiatives, leveraging strengths to expedite the transition to a resilient and sustainable energy system.

2: Ramboll and Danfoss signs letter of intent for reusing waste heat in Poland

Leveraging excess heat to accelerate Warsaw’s green transition

Various facilities like industries, data centers, and commercial buildings generate excess heat during operations. This untapped heat represents a significant opportunity for improved energy efficiency.

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Reusing heat from industry, data centres and wastewater treatment plans carries great potential as a source of energy and reducing emissions. On 1 February, the city of Warsaw, the Danish Embassy in Poland, Metro Warszawskie, Ramboll and Danfoss signed a letter of intent to make the Polish Capital, Warsaw more sustainable. The signed MoU signifies an intent to explore and leverage the possibilities of repurposing waste heat from the Warsaw metro system to heat buildings in the Polish Capital.

3: Champions Park: a green and innovative community

Partnership for a greener Warsaw

Within the network of Warsaw’s district heating system, numerous untapped sources of excess heat are ready to be utilised efficiently.

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On 1 February, Danfoss, Better Energy, and Ennogie Solar Group, teamed up with Champions Park Development to sign a MoU for an urban development initiative titled “Champions Park – Powered by Denmark” in Warsaw, Poland.

This project aims to feature diverse facilities, including training spaces for the football club of Legia Warszawa, a hotel, and residential areas. The central focus of the development lies in integrating sustainable energy practices into the community, with a strong emphasis on maximising self-produced solar power. The envisioned outcome is to establish a vibrant hub that prioritises wellbeing, fosters a healthy lifestyle, and serves as a source of meaningful inspiration for the residents.

4: Laying the foundation for wind ventures in Szczecin

Vestas plans offshore factories in Poland to meet growing demand

Supporting Europe’s build-out of offshore wind parks, Vestas wants to become a leader in offshore wind and has plans to establish a new blade factory in Szczecin, Poland.

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On 2 February, Vestas showcased the strong bond between Poland and Denmark through the inauguration of an offshore nacelle hub assembly factory, accompanied by the establishment of a second facility dedicated to the production of offshore blades both located in Szczecin, Poland.

This dual initiative holds great potential, with the capacity to generate over 1,700 direct jobs by 2026. The strategic placement of these two factories positions them as central contributors to the expansion of Europe’s growing offshore wind capabilities, particularly in support of Poland’s ambitious goal to install 18 GW of offshore wind energy by 2040.

5. ProjectZero to decarbonise the province of Lower Silesia

Pursuing the vision of zero

Originally focused on achieving a zero-carbon future in Sønderborg, Denmark by 2029, ProjectZero has expanded its influence due to its success.

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Last week, in the presence of His Majesty King Frederik X of Denmark, ProjectZero’ signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Polish province of Lower Silesia to collaborate on projects focused on decarbonizing the district heating system of the Polish region.

ProjectZero, established as a public-private partnership, originated in the Sønderborg Municipality and has successfully achieved a reduction of over 50% in energy-related carbon emissions since 2007. Consequently, in 2022, the International Energy Agency gave Sønderborg the title of “the global capital of energy efficiency.”

Discover the potential of collaboration and green energy

As part of the Royal Danish Visit to Poland, State of Green has compiled insights on the potential for further energy collaboration between Poland and Denmark. Dive into the different sector tracks below and find publications, solutions and future business partners.

The Polish-Danish tie-up within energy efficiency

Standing on the shoulders of a 50-year-old legacy, Danish companies are experts in designing solutions and technologies to accelerate energy efficiency across sectors. This includes everything from reducing energy usage and waste in energy-heavy industries to the expansion of district heating networks throughout cities, as well as ensuring energy-efficient standards and high-quality renovations of older buildings.
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The Polish-Danish agro and biogas alliance

With a rich history as a farming country, Denmark has set targets to transform global food systems for a more sustainable and resilient future. This effort is led by public-private partnerships and resource-efficient agrifood solutions, including everything from genetics, feed solutions, automation, slurry management, biogas, and grid integration.
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Collaborating on offshore wind, green ports, transmission grids and interconnected energy systems

Driven by public-private partnerships and cutting-edge technology, Denmark can present a vast array of public and private experts in creating innovative solutions in sectors such as offshore wind, green ports and grid development. With strong trade relations between the two nations, and the high demand for green solutions and technology, the way is paved for Polish-Danish partnerships that can contribute to creating green energy hubs in Poland.
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