By Maj-Britt Meyer Hansen, 22. March 2007
For Denmark to host the 2009 climate summit will give it a unique chance to put its own mark on global climate policies. And Danish energy companies will have a golden opportunity to show the world what we have to offer in energy efficiency and sustainability.
- First of all we would like to congratulate the Danish Environment Minister and her ministry on securing the climate summit meeting for Denmark,” remarked Deputy Director of the Danish Energy Association, Lars Aagaard.
- The eyes of the world are now on Denmark, and here in the energy sector we are ready to make the most of that opportunity. This very day the Danish Energy Association will be approaching Environment Minister Connie Hedegaard and Transport and Energy Minister Flemming Hansen with an immediate proposal for a climate council to build a bridge between the business world and the ministries which will create the maximum impact for Danish ideas and solutions up to and during the summit in 2009,” says Aagaard.
- The biggest task will naturally be to get the USA and the big developing countries on board in a new agreement which will lead to genuine reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions. Next, Denmark must exploit its central position to take the lead in reforming the European and global climate policies. Europe is one of the only places in the world to have introduced a quota system limiting the total European emissions of greenhouse gases from industry and power stations. This system must continue after 2012 when the current agreement expires. And it should be extended to the rest of the world so we can create a global price for CO2,” Aagaard continues.
- Naturally, not everything in Europe is perfect and we must listen carefully to the other countries’ viewpoints. The biggest real weakness in Europe’s current response is that the quota system seems to be having a highly distorting effect on the EU’s internal market. This is because countries award very different quotas to the same type of business. The whole thing reeks of state support and must stop. The quota system needs to be revised so businesses within the same sector are assigned the same quotas. That means the companies who win out are those who best at creating the most value per tonne of CO2, rather than those who accidentally find themselves in a country with high quotas,” Aagaard says.
- Denmark needs to get ready for the summit, and that further underlines the importance of the current negotiations on Danish energy strategy. In 2009 we need to be ready to show the world how it is possible to create a country with steadily decreasing CO2 emissions, economic growth and reliability of supply. A country full of energy businesses bursting with ambition, innovative spirit and solutions for solving the global climate challenges while at the same time creating the workplaces of tomorrow. Energy production and energy technology are Denmark’s big opportunity,” concludes Deputy Director Lars Aagaard of the Danish Energy Association.