Boosting Bioenergy Collaboration  

between China and Denmark

2013.04.24

A Sino-Danish Bioenergy Seminar in Shanghai on 22 April showcased the potential for further strengthening the cooperation in the bioenergy field within Chinese and Danish academia and business.

Denmark is a Pioneer

Denmark and China share the challenge of being countries with limited supplies of natural resources. This fact has forced both countries to develop innovative solutions within renewable energy.

For the last four decades, Denmark has been a frontrunner within clean energy and environmental solutions. In 1971, Denmark was the first country to establish an independent ministry to deal with the environment. Since 1980, the Danish economy has grown by 78%, while energy consumption has remained more or less constant, and CO2 emissions have been reduced. In March 2012, the Danish government agreed on a new and historic energy strategy that will make Denmark fossil free by the year of 2050.

- “The plan is simple: We will use less energy, use it smarter and expand the use of biomass, biogas and wind”, says Consul General, Karsten Ankjær Jensen, the Royal Danish Consulate in Shanghai.

Bioenergy has a strategic role

Bioenergy plays a strategic role to achieve this ambition. Today, biomass accounts for approximately 70% of renewable-energy consumption in Denmark. And the new energy strategy states that bioenergy should deliver one third of energy consumption by 2035. 

-  “This conference successfully introduced to the Chinese researchers that Denmark is leading not only in Europe, but worldwide, on bioenergy research and industrialization. We hope more of these events will be held in the future to promote education, research and industrial development collaboration between Denmark and China” said Mr. Yuan Zhenhong, Executive Scientist, Biomass Energy Research Centre, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Science.

A Successful Seminar

Innovation Centre Denmark and Invest in Denmark hosted the seminar on bioenergy in Shanghai, which was funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. The Danish Consul General in Shanghai, Karsten Ankjær Jensen, opened the seminar which was attended by over 100 scientists and company representatives from both China and Denmark. 

“Denmark is leading the technology for the application of bioenergy. The commercialization model of centralized and large-scale biogas plants in Denmark is also of advantages,” said Mr. Cai Changda, Chairman of Hangzhou Energy and Environmental Engineering Co,.Ltd, who sees a great potential for reducing CO2 emissions in China through cooperation with Denmark.

Read more about Danish bioenergy here at the website or contact Investment Manager Hima Yang at xinyan@um.dk or  +86 138 1706 2635.

 

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