Former Vestas CEO is Denmark’s Special Envoy for Climate and Energy

By State of Green, December 03, 2018

Denmark’s new trump card in the global climate effort is CEO Ditlev Engel.  As the Government’s Special Envoy for Climate and Energy Ditlev Engel will strengthen Denmark’s global partnerships, promote private investments in the green transition and generally support Denmark’s international climate action in the lead up to the UN Climate Summit in September 2019.

As the former CEO of Vestas and as present CEO of DNV GL – Energy with a long and esteemed career in the energy sector, Ditlev Engel is highly qualified to strengthen Denmark’s role in global climate efforts. Ditlev Engel’s knowledge and experience will be harnessed to enhance the flow of private investment towards the global green energy transition and in promoting Danish solutions.

With Ditlev Engel, Denmark will have a strong business voice on climate and energy issues. Ditlev is a valuable asset in our work to show the world that Denmark is and will continue to be the green frontrunner. Personally, I look forward to his active duty in order for us to jointly boost the green transition, partnerships and global investments, says Denmark’s Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate Lars Chr. Lilleholt (V).

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Green frontrunner
Ditlev Engel will play a key role in the efforts to ensure tangible results at the UN Climate Summit in September 2019 in New York. At this occasion, focus will particularly be placed on green climate investments as a way to achieve higher ambitions at the country level. Concrete action in support of the Paris Agreement targets will have to be displayed. In follow up to the P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 Summit in Copenhagen 2018 and the Danish Prime Minister’s Clean Energy Investment Coalition, Ditlev Engel will contribute to the efforts to increase the global level of ambition through an emphasis on augmented investments in the energy sector and partnerships on green transition. Furthermore, he will ensure that Danish solutions are seen and heard globally.

Ditlev Engel is 54 and well known from his years as CEO of Vestas. Today he is CEO of DNV GL – Energy, headquartered in Arnhem, Netherlands.

On his appointment Ditlev Engel says:

”It is a great honour to be appointed to such a significant position. I consider this agenda the single most important global challenge, which MUST be solved now. To this end, I see it as one of my primary tasks to serve the climate with the power of example and inspiration by showcasing Denmark’s many strength and experiences to ensure that we will notably increase the level of investments in the global green transition as fast as possible.”

Ditlev Engel will take up the position as Special Envoy in connection with COP24 in Katowice, Poland. The position is on a part time basis and limited until end of 2019. Ditlev Engel will take up the position pro bono.

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  • On 15 November the Danish Government launched a new Foreign and Security Policy Strategy 2019-2020 in which the Government announces the appointment of a Special Envoy for climate and energy as part of Denmark’s efforts with regard to green multilateralism and follow-up activities relating to the P4G – Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 Summit in October 2018.
  • The position is modelled on the Special Envoy used for the Danish candidacy for the European Medicines Agency.
  • The position as Special Envoy for climate and energy is limited and part-time until end of 2019. On request of Ditlev Engel the position is unpaid.

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