The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate was established on 28 June 2015, when the utilities area was added to the responsibilities of the Climate and Energy Ministry. The Ministry contributes to the Danish government’s increased efforts to ensure safety and efficiency within the areas of energy and utilities and to promote a greener and more sustainable society. These efforts include a governmental goal that Denmark will be independent of fossil fuels by 2050.
The Ministry was created to help achieve this goal, while at the same time ensuring Denmark contributes to global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. The Ministry is responsible for administering legislation on energy supply and usage, tele communications, certain issues within the areas of water and waste, national geological surveys in Denmark and Greenland, and meteorological issues.
The Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate is made up of the Department, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), the Danish Energy Agency, The Danish Energy Regulatory Authority, Energinet.dk, the Danish Geodata Agency, and the Danish North Sea Fund.
The Department provides advice to the Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate and carries out the political work of the Ministry in cooperation with the Ministry’s agencies – in particular the Danish Energy Agency. The Department is primarily responsible for coordination and development of domestic climate and energy policy, inter-ministerial coordination, and negotiation and implementation of international agreements and EU regulations. The Department consults with ministerial institutions when in need of expert advice.
The Danish TSO, Energinet.dk, has given the public access to a great deal of data on energy through a data portal. This includes data on e.g. energy production from wind and solar, CO2-emissions and electricity prices. The data may be used by, for instance, entrepreneurs, researchers and industries wanting to develop better consumer guidance in products, applications and services.
One year from now, on 23-24 May 2018, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the European Commission and the Nordic Council of Ministers will host the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) and Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI3) in the cities of Copenhagen and Malmö, known as the Öresund Region.
Denmark is now investing DKK 115m in a series of new energy partnerships with Mexico, Vietnam, South Africa and China, which together are expected to account for the world’s largest share of increase in CO2 emissions in the coming years. Denmark’s 40 years of experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency will help facilitate the green transition in these four countries.
Storm floods and extreme rainfall cost society DKK billions in clean-ups and damages. New hydrological terrain models measure water’s movement in order to predict the areas where action will be necessary in case of emergencies. The Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt is pleased that public data can help to solve the problem.
A new report by the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate presents Danish export of energy technology and services in 2016. According to the report, Danish companies exported energy technology and service for approx. DKK 83.8 billion – a figure covering both green and other energy technology.
The government-appointed Energy Commission has presented its recommendations for an ambitious energy policy to the Danish government. The recommendations will be included in the process of defining policy for the next phase of Denmark’s green transition.
According to a new study, free and publicly available geospatial data and information (geodata) has contributed significantly to the efficiency of the public sector as well as growth in the private sector, with an estimated value of DKK 3.5 billion. The geodata is of great significance to the development of new products and services within different energy sectors.
On the 21st of March, the Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt participated in an export drive event in Berlin to support and expand the Danish-German energy cooperation. The focus was on district heating and energy efficiency.