Creating innovative business models and increasing production efficiency
As the world’s resources are becoming increasingly scarce, companies must figure out how to produce more from less – not only to limit their carbon footprint, but also to leverage the competitive advantages of improved production efficiency.
In energy intensive industries, the cost of energy can constitute up to 40 percent of production costs, allowing for economic gains from reducing energy consumption in manufacture.
Moreover, by working in partnerships, for instance through industrial symbiosis, companies and utilities can significantly reduce water and energy consumption as well as consumption of virgin resources, while creating a competitive upside for all partners involved.
We invite you to explore industrial solutions in depth below, find potential partners, catch up on the latest news and discover real-life case examples of how businesses are creating innovative business models and increasing production efficiency.
Through seven years of research, the project CITIES has shown how digital solutions based on data-driven methods make energy systems talk with each other. It saves money and CO2. Here are five significant key findings from the research.
The Danish government will increase its energy saving efforts with new ambitious energy saving targets by 2030. The government will reduce its energy consumption by a further 42,480 MWh in buildings owned and used by state administration. In other buildings used by state institutions, energy consumption must be reduced by 10 per cent within the next 10 years.
Rain does not come often to the wine country in the Santa Rita Hills of south-central California. “We still talk about that one day in June 2010 when it rained,” says Peter Work, co-owner of Ampelos vineyard near Buellton in Santa Barbara County. “We have six months of the year where it doesn’t rain. It’s […]
Straw-fired plant for CO2-neutral district heating. In 2020, Sønderborg Forsyning commissioned a new Linka straw-fired heating plant and began the process of decommissioning the six gas-fired heating facilities it was replacing. The plant comprises a 10 MW thermal biomass boiler using sustainable locally sourced straw which meets the full capacity that Sønderborg Forsyning needs to […]
As a part of Novo Nordisk’s environmental strategy, the company focuses on how they can integrate green principles into the product development, and also works towards increasing the amount of plastic waste being recycled. Even though Novo Nordisk strives to use environmentally friendly materials, an integral part of achieving its environmental goals is the ability […]
The purpose of the course is to give participants a thorough insight to the various aspects of the District Heating business. The course offer curated, impartial, compressed high-quality content delivered by 7 international specialists with many years of experience. The course offers two live webinars, 45 video lessons (650 minutes), access to DH learning platform […]
Fritz Schur Energy has a track record with more than 30 years of designing and supplying reliable hydraulic solutions and components for the wind turbine industry, both on- and offshore. This is our foundation for offering you aftermarket solutions that meet your needs and demands. We offer: OEM Spare parts and supporting systems Full hydraulic […]
Sustainable steam for a Swedish laundry that cleans and delivers tonnes of textiles every day. In collaboration with Slagelse Rørservice, Linka Energy has installed a 3 MW biomass plant at Swedish laundry company Textilia’ plant in Långsele, Sweden. Textilia has a total of 8 laundries across Sweden. Textilia cleans and delivers over 100 tonnes of […]
For the first time ever, Denmark’s official dietary guidelines do not only guide Danes on how to eat healthier, but also on how to eat more climate-friendly. The new official dietary guidelines are part of the government’s ambition to reduce the climate footprint by 70 per cent by 2030.
The biogas and fertiliser potential in residual biomass from local biotech plants such as those of Novozymes’ and Novo Nordisk’s is utilised at a local biogas plant, called Kalundborg Bioenergy. At Kalundborg Bioenergy, biogas is produced, which is subsequently upgraded to natural gas quality through a refining process where, among other things, carbon dioxide and […]
GreenLab is a green, circular, industrial park and intelligent energy platform ideally located in Skive, Denmark, where the national 40 bar gas and 150 kV electricity grids intersect. GreenLab wants to integrate those sectors and does so through an industrial symbiosis. All entities in the park are powered by 80 MW of wind and solar […]
Energy is an important driver when ensuring a green transition – both in society, but also in the industries and production facilities across the globe. As the world’s resources are becoming increasingly scarce, companies must learn how to produce more from less – not only to limit their environmental footprint and decarbonise, but also to leverage the competitive advantages of improved production efficiency.
Combining engineering and biologic approach to coastal protection has been a challenge. …And natural coastal protections such as coral and boulder reefs, are one of the most endangered and stressed ecosystems on Earth. At Aalborg University we are developing a disrupting technology to produce artificial limestone. The innovative material is obtained after electrolysis of sea […]
At the ‘Climate Investment Summit’ held on 3-4 November 2020, Finance Denmark pledged to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of Danish private investments in retail funds. Moreover, the Danish pension industry announced that USD 8 billion has been invested in the green transition since Danish pension funds committed at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit to increase green investments by USD 50 billion by 2030.
Every year, the Danish public sector purchases goods and services for more than EUR 50 billion – from food in kindergartens, medicine and hospital equipment to cars, construction and facilities. With a new strategy, the government proposes, among other things, that public vehicles must be green by 2030. The goal is to reduce CO2 emissions and push for the green transition.
Yesterday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) launched its World Energy Outlook 2020. As expected, this year’s report and expectations for the development of the energy sector have been heavily influenced by the global Covid-19 health crisis. One thing is however clear: We all need to choose a more renewable energy future.
The agreement puts Denmark in a strong position to deliver green solutions in renewable energy, water technology, circular economy, sustainable urban development, etc. needed for the green transition of the world’s largest democracy.
To achieve the global ambitions for a green transition, large sums of finance are needed. This white paper features ideas and solutions for how to achieve the goals and it is meant to serve as an inspiration for everyone involved in the green economy.
Food & Bio Cluster Denmark is a globally acting association in the food and bio-resource sector with nationwide service and international cooperation with companies and knowledge institutions within the group of more than 250 members.
When sustainable farming generates higher profit DLF is part of the global vision for a sustainable future as summarized in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is a focal point in our green agenda to provide farmers worldwide with sustainable agricultural solutions. Traditionally beef production has been grass-fed, but with an innovative refining process meat production […]
DLF is part of the global vision of a sustainable future as summarized in the UN Global Goals. It is a focal point in our green agenda to provide farmers worldwide with sustainable agricultural solutions. DLF Alfalfa is one of many sustainable products that increase agricultural productivity and goes hand in hand with a climate-neutral future.
Introducing the iEV Z, due to be produced in Denmark, is an innovation that will lead to a sustainable integrated transportation system that will change the way our cities function. The iEV Z is an intelligent electric vehicle that possesses a futuristic robotic body platform that is designed to change size based on your needs.
If everyone were to live the way we do in Denmark, three complete Planet Earths would be required. It already takes nature a little over 18 months to restore the resources consumed by the world population in just one year. That’s why we need to rethink the way we consume. And there’s no time to […]
This Waste Prevention Strategy deals with how we can produce and consume using fewer resources. Products can be designed better from the start so that they are manufactured with fewer resources and substances of concern. This generates less waste, and once we have finished using the products, we can recycle the materials in the manufacture […]
Economic growth has lifted historically many people out of poverty and given millions of people access to material goods to an unprecedented extent. This is really positive. However, increasing wealth and more people having access to a standard of living comparable to what we know in Denmark mean that our consumption of natural resources is […]
When looking at the global climate challenges, the energy system is one of the biggest obstacles towards a carbon-free and net-zero future. 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. These elements in combination can support a […]
This publication is the outcome of a yearlong exchange of knowledge and experience between Denmark and New York, initiated by State of Green and implemented in collaboration with Danish Cleantech Hub in New York. The core of the project was a week-long circular site visit tour to Denmark for a group of selected New Yorkers […]
In this paper, you will meet the ten partners behind the Tours Network and find inspiration for site visits across energy efficiency, renewables, waste and resource management, clean air, water and climate adaptation.
If you are interested in visiting Denmark to explore these solutions and learn more about the concrete technologies, as well as connect with Danish stakeholders and share knowledge about green growth development, we encourage you to contact the Tours Network.
In 2014, the Danish government decided to allocate a pool of money for pilot projects that would combine the promotion of green transition and the creation of green jobs in Denmark. This was decided due to the fact that Denmark has many unemployed academics, who are ready to contribute to the established labor market with their many resources. Project “Green Change […]
Energy is an important driver of industrial productivity growth. For a long time Europe has known that energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This White Paper covers insights into Denmark’s experience with energy efficiency across a wide range of industrial sectors through state-of-the-art case examples.
This toolkit is designed for practitioners, governmental experts and other energy experts, and policymakers who are interested in developing and improving appliance energy efficiency policies. Acknowledging that governments operate under constrained resources, the toolkit provides examples of policies that have been implemented successfully with minimal costs, and illustrates different choices policymakers may consider. Finally, it […]
The Danish Energy Model has shown that it is possible to sustain economic growth and a high standard of living while reducing fossil fuel dependency and mitigating climate change. This has been achieved through persistent and active energy policy with ambitious renewable energy goals. The foundation of the low-carbon transition is threefold: energy efficiency, renewable energy […]
Three Danish cities at the forefront of implementing sustainable urbanisation “Green Urban Denmark” is a publication jointly prepared by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA), the municipalities of Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sonderborg and the Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs. It highlights how Copenhagen, Aarhus and Sonderborg have developed and implemented green urbanization and […]
Learn from Danish success stories by downloading the Energy Policy Toolkit on Energy Efficiency in Industries Industrial energy efficiency is a clear-cut strategic topic, yet still resides in the periphery of governmental energy strategies. A shift of mind is required, away from words such as ‘costs’ and ‘quick fixes’ and towards a vocabulary of long-term […]
We incinerate an enormous amount of waste in Denmark; waste which we could get much more out of by more recycling and better recycling. Now, we are going to change this. The Government has set a goal that in 2022 we will be recycling 50 % of our household waste. This means that we will […]
Copenhagen assumes its share of the responsibility for climate change with the CPH 2025 Climate Plan. We want to show that it is possible to combine growth, development and increased quality of life with the reduction of CO2 emissions. It is all about finding solutions that are smarter, greener, healthier and more profitable. And by 2025 we will be able […]
Efficient use of a given resource requires careful consideration of the whole life cycle of the resource. Fabrication of a product with minimal use of resources involves reducing raw material use, materials from other processes, recycling products into new products and repairing products instead of substituting them for new ones. To be effective, such considerations must be built into industrial processes and the life cycle planning of a product. In energy production as well, resource efficiency is getting increasingly important. Especially when it comes to the non-renewable, fossil fuel sources, it is vital to maximize utilisation rates as supplies dwindle and demands to reduce emissions grow.
More and more companies are recognising the commercial potential of reducing resource and energy consumption as a way of increasing revenues. What was once considered Corporate Social Responsibility is now an inherent part of many companies’ strategy for creating a competitive edge, while simultaneously protecting the environment. In Denmark, public-private partnerships have been a way of combining business opportunities with environmental considerations for a long time. This has for instance been done by using surplus heat in industries for residential heating, recycling industrial wastewater to reduce water consumption and finally by utilisation waste materials as resources. These are just some of the examples of companies, utilities and municipalities are working together to create mutual benefits.
These years, sharing economy platforms such as Airbnb and Uber are making their entry into the everyday life of millions of people around the world. As significant environmental benefits are associated with many of these platforms, as well as the growing number of circular business models that are currently being introduced across markets, this is an area that holds significant potential for the global green transition. Encouraging the development of digital platforms, which can contribute to the sharing economy, is one of the ways Denmark is trying to establish itself as a global frontrunner in the transition towards a circular economy.
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