Globally, water use and management are estimated to be responsible for up to 10% of greenhouse gas emissions. In the US alone, energy consumption used for drinking and wastewater services emits more than 45 million tons of greenhouse gas annually. In a bipartisan agreement, the Danish parliament has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 70% by 2030. Additionally, the Danish water sector has set its own goal of becoming climate positive in 2030.
“Partnerships across national borders are vital in the effort to mitigate climate change. The climate crisis is borderless, and no country can solve it alone. The water sector is a significant contributor in building a sustainable future, and that is why we are thrilled to learn from the inspiring work the US Water Alliance is doing for the US water sector, as well as share our extensive experience with optimizing water management in Denmark. Together we can work to reach Net Zero,” says Christina Markus Lassen, Ambassador of Denmark to The United States.
“Water and wastewater utilities across Denmark are leaders in advancing sensible solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and building more climate resilient communities,” says Mami Hara, CEO of the US Water Alliance. “With less than a decade remaining to stem the climate tide, learning from one another and benchmarking across our geographies is critically important.”