After increasing steadily 3 years in a row, Danish exports of energy technologies rose dramatically in 2013. According to statistics from the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building and the Danish Energy Industries Federation, Denmark’s exports of energy technologies rose by 11 % in 2013 to a total of 9.06 billion Euros. In comparison, the growth in total export of combined goods was 2% in the same period. Especially sustainable and green energy technologies led the way for this development. Looked at in isolation, exports of green energy technologies rose by an impressive 17.6 %, - the highest increase ever for Denmark. This record-high increase represents the pinnacle of an ongoing trend line that has seen export of green energy technology grow 171 % since 2005.
In total, Danish energy technologies account for 10.8 % of combined goods export, which is the highest share among EU countries. “An increase in export of energy technologies of nearly 11% in 2013 is a great leap for the sector. It demonstrates that the Danish energy sector is a growth engine for Denmark,” says Director of the Danish Energy Industries Federation Hans Peter Slente.
The growth is in large part led by an increase in demand from the European market, where export of energy technology to Germany – the largest single export market for Danish Energy technology - nearly doubled in 2013. However, the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa accounted for 920 million Euros of Danish exports of energy technologies alone, constituting a rise of roughly 25 % over 2012.
The Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building Rasmus Helveg Petersen states that "These are impressive numbers. In the future there will be an increasing need for solutions for the production of renewable energy and to make better use of the energy we produce. In this respect Danish companies have proven themselves to be something special”.
The export statistics are the work of the Danish Energy Agency, Danish Energy Industries Federation and the Danish Energy Association, and can be accessed through the Ministry for Climate, Energy and Building here (in Danish): Energi-Teknologieksporten 2013