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Poland and Denmark to cooperate closer on renewable energy

By State of Green, December 12, 2018

Yesterday at the COP24 conference in Katowice, Poland, the energy ministers from Poland and Denmark signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim to further increase the cross-border cooperation on energy and the green transition. Before the signing, State of Green launched its new white paper “From Policy to Action – Implementation of the European Energy Union”.

On Tuesday 11 December, State of Green hosted a ceremony at the Danish COP24 pavilion in Katowice, Poland. The event had a dual purpose: signing the MoU between Poland and Denmark and launching a new white paper holding inspiration for how to implement the European Energy Union.

Witnessed by Polish and Danish civil servants, business representatives and journalists, the Polish Minister of Energy, Krzysztof Tchórzewski, and the Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt, signed the MoU. The document will support Poland in reaching its goal of a 32 per cent share of renewable energy by 2040 – with 10 GW coming from offshore wind power.

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A catalogue of scalable Danish solutions

Right before the signing ceremony, State of Green officially launched the new white paper “From Policy to Action – Implementation of the European Energy Union”, addressing the objectives of the EU Energy Union and the potential that lies within it. The white paper contains real-life, scalable solutions from Danish stakeholders working within the green energy sector.

At the launch event, three Danish speakers gave short presentations focusing on the positive and promising Polish-Danish energy cooperation: Anders Hoffmann, Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate; Lars Aagaard, Danish Energy Association; and Troels Ranis, the Confederation of Danish Industry.

One of the main challenges of moving towards a carbon-free future lies within the energy system. The European Union has set ambitious objectives for an energy system, which integrates renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as enabling a well-functioning energy market. Combined, these elements can support a robust and flexible energy system, which is vital towards a clean energy system. The targets have been set, and the next important step is for all member states to implement the ambitions locally. Here, real-life, cost competitive and scalable solutions are vital to share.

For example, Orsted’s renewable energy cases on page 10-13 in the white paper; BetterHome’s energy renovation case on page 16; Aalborg Portland’s surplus heat case on page 23; and the electrical zero-emission passenger ferry case on page 27.

By showcasing existing solutions and technologies, this publication seeks to support the dialogue with an action-oriented approach, which hopefully can contribute to a green transition of the European energy systems.

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Download the white paper “From Policy to Action – Implementation of the European Energy Union”

Members of the white paper editorial board were Danish Energy Association, Danish Energy Industries FederationDanish Wind Industry Association, and the Danish Agriculture and Food Council.

Download the analysis “Polish Energy Transition and Danish Involvement” conducted by the Confederation of Danish Industry.

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