German federal state Baden-Württemberg plans to discontinue nuclear power by 2022 and moreover has ambitions to source 80 percent of its energy from renewables, while its energy consumption must be reduced by 50 percent.
That's why the state's Environment, Climate and Energy Minister Franz Untersteller is currently touring Denmark to gain inspiration for energy efficiency solutions within green energy and the water sector, write the visit's organizers, company State of Green and the Danish Energy Agency, in a press release.
The visit also provides an occasion to strengthen cooperative ties on climate change mitigation between Denmark and Baden-Württemberg. Untersteller and Danish Climate, Energy and Utilities Minister Dan Jørgensen intend to sign a new green partnership agreement. The deal will focus on exchanging experiences at the level of authorities, focusing on energy optimization in both buildings and industry as well as improving efficiency in heat supply.
"Baden-Württemberg is a German Bundesland with almost twice as many inhabitants as Denmark and they have a strong focus on green transition of their energy sector. Denmark and Baden-Württemberg share the ambition of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement. It therefore makes good sense to strengthen our partnership," says Danish Energy Agency Deputy Director Martin Hansen in the press release.
The German minister will visit locations such as the Amager Bakke (CopenHill) incineration plant in Copenhagen and the Marselisborg waterworks in Aarhus, northern Denmark.
"The close collaboration between the two countries so far is a success because we can help each other. In the field of renewable energies, we see each other as strategic partners. To combat climate change we address global challenges and face them with innovative technologies and solutions. This is the only way for us to ensure that we are leaving a planet worth living on to the following generations," says Franz Untersteller.
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English Edit: Jonas Sahl Jørgensen