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.
The Danish government set an ambitious goal of cutting CO2 emissions by 70 per cent by 2030. A new report outlines how this goal can be achieved with huge savings by investing in energy efficiency.
In the Danish region of Lolland, consumers and producers of electricity will soon be paid for turning the power up or down. The new experiment will solve the problem that local electricity grids have with the amount of renewable energy and can be a game changer for the rest of Europe, too.
Friday 6 of December 2019, 8 out of the 10 parties in the Danish Parliament agreed on a legally binding national Climate Act. With a legally binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent by 2030 (compared to the 1990 level), it raises the Danish ambitions and encourages other countries to follow suit.
The shift from a conventional wastewater treatment plant towards a resource recovery facility has become a priority focus in Denmark. Consequently, BIOFOS is now in the transfer process towards optimising resources from waste without compromising the environment.
The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest ‘State of the Environment’ report, which was released today, stresses that Europe faces urgent and unprecedented environmental challenges. However, the future is not entirely bleak: there is reason for hope, amid increased public awareness of the need to shift to a sustainable future, technological innovations, growing community initiatives and accelerated EU action such as the European Green Deal.
Cold chain technology has been a game changer for Indian banana farmers. Their income has tripled, while banana wastage has been brought down by almost 20 per cent. In 2018, the first Indian bananas were exported to Europe by ship, which marks a new era for the world’s banana giant.
The climate is changing: how do we manage extreme rainfall? Not only more rain is falling due to climate change, but rain showers are often more extreme. This means that a lot more water has to be collected and disposed of in a short time. In the countryside this is not usually a problem, but it is more so in the increasingly urbanised environment.
Scientists and top executives from the business community join forces in appointing the climate solutions and technologies that can have the greatest impact on the climate and at the same time are based on Denmark’s existing positions of strength. Solutions that can give Denmark a key role in the global climate action.
Spica Technology offers a customised N50 Retrofit solution to extend the life span of ageing Nordex N50 800kW wind turbines. The N50 Retrofit solution is the Spica Retrofit Controller with Spica Control System integrated in a special designed nacelle panel fitted for the Nordex N50 nacelle.
Gottlieb Paludan Architects has designed Solrødgård Climate and Environmental Park, which is the result of an unusual symbiosis between supply plant, climate adaption and landscape park. The aim of the park is to let visitors explore energy cycles which are fundamental to daily life.
Future Farming ApS aims to create a correct and more sustainable product for pig producers all over the world. The traditional way to ensure an acceptable immediate environment for piglets has been an infrared heat bulb. A method that’s not only wasteful in resources but energy as well. By exchanging the infrared heat bulb, for a heating element, gives better animal welfare, reduces the carbon footprint and natural resources.
Yesterday, the Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities met the international press at State of Green in Copenhagen to discuss the green transition, climate ambitions and Denmark’s international role in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Denmark has the experience and technology to help lift the big promises made at the several green summits during the autumn. The determination to live up to these promises is clearly marked by the visit to Denmark by the minister of the Environment, Climate and the Energy Sector from the German state Baden-Württemberg. The visit will showcase concrete Danish green approaches and solutions.
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.
This publication provides readers with the lessons learned in Denmark relating to the abatement of Danish air pollution. It explores such topics as environmental regulation and energy policy in a Danish context, the specific pollutants that have negative impacts, and the abatement strategies that have been carried out in Denmark.
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 […]
Kolding Municipality is one of 10 Danish municipalities, which are going to support a sustainable future through education aimed at the 0-20 year olds. The aim of the project is for the municipalities to create local “Green Generation Strategies” to promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The project runs until the end of 2016, where a Green […]
Ash from combustion of bio-fuel in power plants contains heavy metals and is currently regarded as a waste product only to be recycled to plantations and cultivated fields in small amounts. ASHBACK aims to improve the economy of bio-fuels by enabling more ash recycling through increased knowledge about both its safety and side effects. Centre […]
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 […]
Resource efficient production
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.
Public-privat partnerships create mutual benefits
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 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.
Circular business models
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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