Video: Strong interest for green defence-workshop in Sonderborg

By Dan Howis Lauritsen, April 01, 2015

More than 60 experts from nine countries participated in NATO's advanced research workshop focused on Triple Net ZERO.

The location of the workshop was largely due to ProjectZero – Sonderborg’s vision to become a CO2 neutral region by 2029. At the seminar, which gathered both military leaders and researchers, there were workshops and discussions focused on Triple Net ZERO (management of energy, water and waste) – especially aimed at military bases which often are of about the same size as Sonderborg. It was the objective to explore and convey ‘best practice’ among NATO member states.

More than 60 participants from nine countries enrolled; the most prominent participant was the Honorable Ms. Katherine Hammack, the Assistant Secretary of the US Army for Installations, Energy and Environment (ASA IE&E).

The seminar in Sonderborg was created in a collaboration between ProjectZero-director Peter Rathje, professor Michael Goodsite, Head of the Department of Technology and Innovation, SDU and professor Sirkku Juhola, University of Helsinki.  Professor Goodsite served in the past as officer in the US Army and NATO. The partners suggested the seminar to NATO on the basis of their knowledge of growing interest in green transition in the US military.

“Also the Danish Defence is very focused on the green transition. It has a defined strategy, monitor progress and expand the use of green solutions like PV-plants, green district heating and electric cars,” says Peter Rathje, who therefore welcomes also the participation from companies of the region that deal with green technology, including Danfoss, Esbensen Engineers and the CLEAN cluster organization. Moreover, the seminar has received financial support from, among others, the Danfoss-foundation, the Linak Company and Sonderborg Municipality.

Source: ProjectZero

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